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Community Partnership Launches State’s First Online Mandated Reporter Training

Community Partnership Launches State’s First Online Mandated Reporter Training
Greene County continues to deal with a high rate of child abuse and neglect when compared to other counties across the state. In the latest report from Missouri Children’s Division, there were 4,605 calls to the child abuse and neglect hotline from Greene County alone (CD Annual Report FY2014). Recognizing that this is a red flag issue, Community Partnership of the Ozarks and our partners continue to work to lower these numbers. One of the…

Responsible Beverage Service Support Program Kicks Off

Responsible Beverage Service Support Program Kicks Off
Community Partnership of the Ozarks’ Underage Drinking Task Force launched the Responsible Beverage Service (RBS) Support Program on Tuesday. The RBS Support Program is designed to publicly recognize Greene County alcohol retailers implementing RBS practices. Examples of RBS practices include properly checking for fake/false IDs used by minors to purchase alcohol, and promoting designated driver/alternative transportation for customers who have been drinking alcohol. By implementing RBS practices, alcohol retailers help to decrease risky drinking and…

CAN Collaborative Unveils Action Plan

CAN Collaborative Unveils Action Plan
In 2012, in Greene County alone, there were 5,795 children reported to the child abuse and neglect hotline, according to the MO Children’s Division Annual Report (CY 2012).  Child abuse and neglect has also been flagged multiple times by the Community Focus Report.  To address this critical issue, Community Partnership of the Ozarks formed the Child Abuse and Neglect (CAN) Collaborative, which is made up of nearly two dozen organizations committed to preventing child abuse…

Outreach Educates Community on Hybrid Gang Activity

Outreach Educates Community on Hybrid Gang Activity
(Springfield, MO) - When most people hear the word “gang”, they think of violent groups that only wear certain colors and war with other gangs over turf-issues, controlling specific neighborhoods for their criminal activities. While this is a true picture of much gang activity in the country, there is a growing movement among this culture that has become a “hybrid” of these traditional gangs. Hybrid gangs are most often not turf or neighborhood boundary-focused, and…