Improve Access to Mental Health and Substance Abuse ServicesThe Missouri Department of Mental Health estimates nearly one in five adults experience mental illness and one in 13 adults have been diagnosed with a substance abuse disorder. A shortage of mental health and substance abuse health providers in the Northland amplifies the problem.
Behavioral health providers are based in the community and provide psychologists, social workers and psychiatrists, to respond to the needs of clients from diverse backgrounds. Their focus is people in our communities suffering from severe and persistent mental illness, substance use and addiction disorders, poverty, homelessness and multiple trauma.
Common reasons to go to a mental or behavioral health provider:
• Alcohol Use Disorder
• Substance Abuse Disorder
• Anxiety Disorders including Post-Traumatic Stress (PTSD)
How the NHA can helpThe Northland Health Alliance (NHA) is committed to helping fill the gap of behavioral health and substance abuse providers in the Northland. 1. Access to care: The NHA is working to enhance access to behavioral health programs and services in the Northland
2. Education and advocacy: The NHA is working to educate the community and advocate for public policies that support behavioral health
Current Resources• Tri County Mental Health services
• North Kansas City Hospital Signature Behavioral Hospital offers inpatient and outpatient services
• Saint Luke’s North Hospital-Smithville offers inpatient and outpatient mental health services for adults
• Platte County hosts Arrive Alive events for high school students
• Northland Coalition activities emphasize youth drug prevention