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Hundreds of people who have developmental disabilities could begin receiving publicly funded services as Missouri officials tackle a waiting list for in-home services that now stands at almost 1,400 people.

New filings in a class action lawsuit challenging Missouri's treatment of convicted sex offenders seek the release of more than 200 men in the program.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the legal challenge to the Missouri 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.

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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.

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.

Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones (R, Eureka) has created another interim committee, this time to examine how well state agencies respond to citizens who use their services.