• 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.