FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept. 21, 2006
New group pledges to look out for special needs of the mentally ill
The City of Kansas City, Mo., Municipal Correctional Institution is a member of the Northwest Missouri Partners in Crisis, which on Thursday announced its formation at a news conference.
This group is following the example of similar state organizations to create a local coalition of advocates committed to promoting access to quality services, and treatment and support for children and adults who face mental illness and/or substance abuse.
"It is especially important that the proper support is provided for people with these needs who are in correctional facilities. The City of Kansas City, Mo., is committed to providing this support and our membership in Northwest Missouri Partners in Crisis will help us reach these critical goals," said Nancy Leazer, superintendent of the Municipal Correctional Institution. The Municipal Correctional Institution is a division of the Neighborhood and Community Services Department.
Other members of Northwest Missouri Partners in Crisis are the Jackson County Mental Health Fund, the local National Alliance for the Mentally Ill and the Jackson County Courts. The representatives from these organizations are mental health consumers and advocates, judges, attorneys, law enforcement officials, corrections officers and government officials. Northwest Missouri Partners in Crisis will advocate for funding for mental health care and substance abuse treatment, encourage accountability from service providers and educate the public about the need for adequate services in Missouri. The group will be lobbying state government about these issues.
For more information about Northwest Missouri Partners in Crisis, call Nancy Leazer, superintendent of the Municipal Correctional Institution, (816) 513-9630.