missouri department of mental health http://kbia.org en Mo. targets developmentally disabled wait list http://kbia.org/post/mo-targets-developmentally-disabled-wait-list <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">Hundreds of people who have&nbsp;<font color="red">developmental</font>&nbsp;<font color="red">disabilities</font>&nbsp;could begin receiving publicly funded services as&nbsp;<font color="red">Missouri</font>&nbsp;officials tackle a waiting list for in-home services that now stands at almost 1,400 people.</p><p> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 14:20:11 +0000 Associated Press 47920 at http://kbia.org Lawsuit targets Missouri sex offender treatment http://kbia.org/post/lawsuit-targets-missouri-sex-offender-treatment <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">New filings in a class action lawsuit challenging&nbsp;Missouri's&nbsp;treatment of convicted sex offenders seek the release of more than 200 men in the program.</span></p><p>The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the legal challenge to the&nbsp;Missouri&nbsp;Department of Mental Health claims its Sex Offender Rehabilitation and Treatment Services program is mismanaged, overcrowded and essentially a prison disguised as a mental hospital.</p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 22:39:23 +0000 Associated Press 47836 at http://kbia.org Nixon addresses Columbia educators at mental health first aid training http://kbia.org/post/nixon-addresses-columbia-educators-mental-health-first-aid-training <p>As part of Gov. Jay Nixon’s mental health initiative program, two hundred Missouri K-12 teachers, counselors and administrators gathered in Columbia this week to learn how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness.</p><p>Jermine Alberty is a mental health first-aid instructor. He says one of the first things he does in a session is ask his trainees to write down derogatory terms related to mental illness.</p> Thu, 05 Dec 2013 13:17:13 +0000 Harum Helmy 44800 at http://kbia.org Nixon addresses Columbia educators at mental health first aid training House committee examining Social Services, other state agencies http://kbia.org/post/house-committee-examining-social-services-other-state-agencies <a href="http://house.mo.gov/member.aspx?district=110&#38;year=2013">Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones </a>(R, Eureka)&#160;has created another interim committee, this time to examine how well state agencies respond to citizens who use their services.<p>The Interim Committee on Improving Government Responsiveness and Efficiency's first priority will be looking into the <a href="http://dss.mo.gov/">Department of Social Services (DSS).&#160; </a>The committee&#160;will be chaired by&#160;<a href="http://house.mo.gov/member.aspx?year=2013&#38;district=100">State Representative&#160;Sue Allen</a> ( Fri, 14 Jun 2013 13:59:38 +0000 Marshall Griffin 35436 at http://kbia.org House committee examining Social Services, other state agencies