- Southeast Missouri Network Against Sexual Violence in Cape Girardeau was awarded a three-year grant for $499,951 from the Office on Violence Against Women Rural Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault and Stalking Assistance Program. SEMO-NASV and its partners will use this rural grant award to: 1) increase the number of sexual assault victims who receive Sexual Assault Forensic Exams (SAFE); 2) expand crisis and after-hours clinical services for victims of sexual assault; 3) provide direct counseling services; 4) engage all SEMO-NASV clinicians and service providers in specialized training and ongoing professional development focused on trauma-informed care and practices; 5) provide training for multi-disciplinary team members focused on identifying, assessing, and appropriately responding to sexual assault; and 6) expand programming and develop resources to improve mandated reporter capacity. This funding announcement is particular exciting as they almost had to close their doors back in 2016.
- Step Up! (Community Coalition under the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse) was awarded a five-year grant for $625,000 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Drug Free Communities. The organization will work to increase alcohol and drug awareness and deterrence in the Lindbergh School District in St. Louis.
- The statewide Missouri Coalition for the Environment was awarded a United States Department of Agriculture Local Food Promotion Program grant for $45,416 across 18 months. The group will conduct a study to identify and assemble the resources/connections needed to build the system of sourcing of products to area institutions, and thereby increase product sales and local food access for consumers. Some of the short-term impacts include an increase in farmers’ understanding of the potential profitability of selling locally produced food to institutions as well as an increased understanding of Fair Shares CCSA and the potential for helping member farmers reach new markets.
- Missouri’s 22nd Judicial Circuit in St. Louis was awarded a two-year Department of Justice: Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program grant (Category 3: Implementation and Expansion). The award amount is expected to be approximately $300,000. The St. Louis Mental Health Court will target 50 participants that meet the following criteria: 1) male or female (age 18+); 2) booked into city jails; 3) diagnosed with a mental illness or co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorder, and assigned mental health status within the Corrections Division; and 4) facing criminal charges for a nonviolent misdemeanor or felony offense.
- The city of St. Louis was awarded an 18-month Department of Justice Safe and Thriving Communities grant. The award amount is expected to be approximately $300,000. The Safe & Thriving Saint Louis collaborative initiative proposes to develop a comprehensive, cross-sector, multi-level plan with approaches that will measurably deter youth violence in all forms and its disruptive, destructive effects in homes, schools, and neighborhoods.
- Louis County Department of Public Health has received an Office of Minority Health’s Minority Youth Violence Prevention II grant. They are one of only 10 organizations funded nationally. They will receive $424,997 per-year for four years to support Project RESTORE (Reconciliation and Empowerment to Support Tolerance and Race Equity). This work will target a cohort of high-risk, disadvantaged youth for four years, starting in 7th grade, with after-school and summer programs that are designed, driven, and led by student peers, educators, school counselors, law enforcement officers, and community volunteers.
- Queen of Peace Center in St. Louis was awarded a five-year $2,620,000 grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration for Residential Treatment for Pregnant and Postpartum Women. The purpose of this program is to expand comprehensive treatment, prevention, and recovery support services for women and their children in residential substance use treatment facilities, including services for non-residential family members of both the women and children.
Three of the four MoCAP supported proposals for the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Rural Health Network Development Program were funded:
- Missouri Bootheel Regional Consortium was awarded $900,000 over the course of three years. The project will help the Bootheel Health Alliance decrease disparities in health outcomes that result from obesity and diabetes. The Alliance will provide case management, using community health workers and the “Power to Prevent” curriculum, to improve chronic disease self-management for diabetes and obesity, along with chronic disease prevention.
- Randolph County Caring Communities Partnerships was awarded $890,474 over the course of three years. The Innovative Solutions to Rural Health project will serve 300 lower-income, uninsured, and/or otherwise underserved and at-risk individuals residing in the four adjoining rural northeast Missouri counties of Randolph, Monroe, Chariton, and Howard, who are experiencing the negative effects of co-occurring disorders, chronic disease, and conditions such as mental illness, substance abuse, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, and obesity. The focus of the project is to expand the membership base of the existing Rural Mental Health Network, which consists of partners that represent mental health, behavioral health, primary care, and social services, in order to provide increased availability and access to coordinated and integrated health care.
- Missouri Ozarks Community Health was awarded $707,171 over the course of three years. The funding will support rural integrated health care networks in their work to improve population health and address social determinants of health.
Congratulations are in order for all of these successfully funded projects!