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At its September Board of Trustees meeting, the Lincoln County Resource Board (LCRB) approved approximately $1.1 million in funding for children’s mental health services. The funding will cover 10 non-for-profit agencies in 2014 that provide direct treatment services and early intervention and prevention programming, addressing mental health needs and promoting the safety and wellness of Lincoln County youth.
LCRB-funded services include crisis care; mental health training and support groups; parenting programs; psychiatric services; substance abuse services; therapeutic mentoring; school-based prevention programs and more.
“For the first half of 2013 alone, LCRB-funded programs have served approximately thirty-seven (37) percent of Lincoln County residents who received direct or indirect program benefits,” said Becky Hoskins, LCRB executive director. “Our 2014 funding will work to prevent child abuse and neglect, homelessness, substance abuse and school-based violence. Through LCRB-funded intervention and support services, we can improve the lives of our children and youth, creating healthier environments at home, in our schools and communities.”
The 2014 LCRB-funded providers include:
• Catholic Family Services: school-based and outpatient counseling and psychiatric services.
• Crider Health Care: school-based mental health specialists, in-school early intervention services and violence prevention services.
• Crisis Nursery-Wentzville: respite care for Lincoln County children (infants to age 12) and follow-up services for parents.
• Family Advocacy & Community Training (F.A.C.T.): parent-support program.
• Nurses for Newborns: in-home infant and family assessments and support services.
• Preferred Family Healthcare: outpatient substance abuse treatment services and substance abuse prevention/early intervention.
• Presbyterian Children’s Home & Services: therapeutic mentoring services.
• Sts. Joachim & Ann Care Service: home and community-based intervention services to prevent homelessness and hunger.
• The Child Center: sexual abuse prevention and home- and community-based family advocacy and mental health counseling.
• ThriVe: school-based counseling services.
Providers who apply for LCRB funds submit to a rigorous application and auditing process. The LCRB examines the providers’ programs against Lincoln County’s current needs assessment and the state’s funding statute. The LCRB board and its director continuously monitor, audit and conduct on-site reviews to ensure providers fully utilize their funding dollars and meet the intended clinical objectives.
Since the establishment of the LCRB in 2006, the 2012 Lincoln County Needs Assessment has reported several positive trends for the county, including reduction in births to mothers without a high school diploma (Lincoln County falls below the state average); reduction in out-of-home placements (Lincoln County experienced a decrease of 33.3 percent from 2005 to 2009); and a reduction in juvenile law violations related to peace disturbances and drugs.
“While we take pride in the reported positive trends, we also understand that with increased community education and in-school prevention programs, we will also see spikes in the reporting of incidents,” explained Hoskins. “LCRB providers are in our communities and schools educating our youth and their parents on how to report offenses and where to go for safety and resources. With the 2014 approved funding, we will reach more children, youth and their families in Lincoln County.”
The LCRB serves as an independent oversight board, comprised of volunteer trustees who oversee the establishment, operation and maintenance of mental health services for children, youth and their families in Lincoln County. The LCRB also provides leadership in the development and implementation of early intervention, prevention and life-skills programs. Since the LCRB’s inception, two public surveys have been conducted to solicit feedback from Lincoln County residents, with a 2014 community needs assessment planned.