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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 30, 2010

Municipal Drug Court receives $544,120 Grant

The City of Kansas City, Mo. Municipal Drug Court received a Mental Health grant from the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City for $544,120. This grant will provide Municipal Drug Court participants with evaluation for co-occurring disorders and access to a psychiatrist and motivational enhancement groups while waiting for residential treatment. In addition, the grant will provide case management and residential treatment for substance abuse.

The mission of Kansas City Municipal Drug Court is to break the cycle of addiction for individuals who have chronic substance abuse issues by linking those individuals to local community-based treatment resources with the goal of reducing recidivism. The KCMDC and the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City both strive to eliminate barriers to substance abuse treatment for some of Kansas City’s most underserved and uninsured residents.

The grant will provide:

    Intake assessments and case management.

    A psychiatrist from Truman Medical Center-Behavioral Health for mental health evaluations at the Regional Correctional Center.

    Motivational Enhancement Groups, to be conducted by First Call at the Regional Correctional Center to enhance motivation for change.

    Community CareLink Database through First Call that will connect the entire drug court team to a web based data system that accurately tracks participants, ensures accurate outcomes and obtains important data from treatment centers.

    A minimum of 15 residential substance abuse treatment beds a year.

    Program evaluation conducted by the Resource Development Institute .

The Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City provides leadership, advocacy, and resources that eliminate barriers to quality health for the uninsured and underserved in the City of Kansas City, Missouri as well as Cass, Jackson and Lafayette counties in Missouri and Allen, Johnson and Wyandotte counties in Kansas. Since it began grant making in 2005, HCF has awarded over $90 million to agencies addressing health needs in the community. For more information, visit www.healthcare4kc.org.

Media inquiries about this topic should be directed to Tamara Marler, Municipal Court, 816-513-1068.

    
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