Community Partnership’s Regional Support Center (RSC) is one of 11 RSC’s in Missouri that contracts with the Missouri Department of Mental Health, Division of Behavioral Health to provide technical assistance, training and support to Missouri communities interested in decreasing their substance abuse and violence problems.
The RSC serves a 21 county area across Southwest Missouri, utilizing the Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) to help empower communities to successfully impact substance abuse and violence problems through effective prevention efforts. A comprehensive Regional Needs Assessment is completed by the RSC annually to help guide its strategic planning efforts. View the complete RSC Community Needs Assessment 2014.
FY2014 RSC Highlights
- Provided 17 Responsible Beverage Service Trainings to 421 participants regionally
- Produced an educational video series called “Helping Everyone Learn Prevention (HELP)” and released the first five installments, which included 2 methamphetamine abuse videos (320 views to-date), 2 synthetic drug videos (294 views to-date), and 1 “how to talk to your kids” video (65 views to-date)
- A suicide awareness and prevention media campaign, including a website, educational videos, radio PSAs and TV PSAs – calls for service to Burrell Behavioral Health’s number promoted in the radio PSAs increased 11.5% from the previous year during the same time period
- Distributed over 43,500+ pieces of prevention materials throughout the region
- 11 Youth Mental Health First Aid trainings were facilitated to 244 participants throughout the region
- The Silent Witness Project, which raises awareness about domestic violence, was displayed at 15 locations and distributed over 700 pieces of information while on display
- Coordinated Denim Day, a sexual assault awareness event, which had 1,283 participants and raised over $2,000 for the Violence Free Families Coalition prevention efforts
Capacity Building Efforts
- 6 new registered coalitions in the region: Child Abuse and Neglect Collaborative, Ozarks Fighting Back Advisory Board, 417SQUAD youth, Lawrence County Prevention Team, McDonald County Coalition and Preventing Addiction in Willow Springs
- A staff member was trained to implement the Green Dot Strategy, which addresses sexual assault prevention and bystander intervention on college campuses. After the sharing the Green Dot Strategy, 4 local colleges are on board to implement it this school year
- Taney County Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Team was awarded a Drug Free Communities grant from SAMHSA for $125,000 per year for up to 10 years
- Coordinated a Regional Needs Assessment involving 24 coalitions from Southwest Missouri
- Trained many coalitions on how to facilitate various prevention presentations
- Assisted coalitions in securing more than $31,000 to assist with their prevention efforts
Other Key Outcomes/Efforts
- 837 alcohol compliance checks resulted in an overall 87.5% compliance rate, as well as adding two new counties conducting checks
- In collaboration with the DEA, law enforcement, coalitions and businesses across the region, coordinated 71 medication take back events where over 8,958 pounds of unused or expired medications were collected for proper disposal. Additionally, 20 permanent medication drop boxes are in place throughout the 21-county region and collected 571 pounds of medication in FY2014
- $738,408.42 of in-kind was identified that supported prevention efforts in serving 631,851 individuals in the 21-counties served by this RSC. This was an increase of 35% of in-kind dollars identified this year from those identified in FY2013
- Visited 1,133 tobacco retailers and provided them with information to assist in refusing tobacco sales to minors – 81.5% tobacco compliance rate for retailers in the region in FY2014
- The Task Force on Gangs and Youth Violence, Community Partnership of the Ozarks and several other partnering agencies coordinated four graffiti removal days which removed graffiti from 16 sites in Springfield, including 4 gang-related graffiti sites
View our 21 county service area and contact information for the DBH-registered coalitions served by the RSC are located.
For more information about a coalition near you, or how to start a coalition, contact the RSC at 417-888-2020, or email us.
Mental Health First Aid Training & Youth Mental Health First Aid Training
To register for any mental health training we offer, follow this link: https://www.commpartnership.org/adult-youth-mental-health-first-aid-training-registration/.