To empower families of young people with information and resources, enabling them to meet the needs of their loved one with a behavioral health disorder.
To raise awareness of the large number of young people with behavioral health disorders and their unique challenges and silent struggles.
To shape policy that will create an environment where every young person can reach their potential.
We are working toward:
Eliminate the stigma associated with mental health and substance use disorders and increase the availability of information
Ensure young people in Misssouri have access to high quality substance use and mental health services, including better coverage for out-of-network providers and the removal of needlessly high standards for medical necessity
Increase the number of providers that serve young people below age 25
Thoroughly review standards of care at mental health and substance use treatment centers in Missouri and compare to centers of excellence throughout the country. If a high quality of care is not available, work to attract more providers.
Get police trained so they are equipped to help young people with mental health and substance use disorders (including school officers and college campus police)
Support Enthusiastic Approach Programs and work to ensure they are accessible to Missouri residents
Support programs that will lead to:
Early identification of behavioral health disorders from grade school through college
Education on healthy self-care and an understanding of behavioral health disorders for students from grade school to college
Screening for behavioral health disorders from grade school to college.