Improve access to Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services 2017-07-25T16:29:20+00:00

Improve Access to Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services

The 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.

Northland Health Alliance Improve access to Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services

Common reasons to go to a mental or behavioral health provider:

• Depression
• Alcohol Use Disorder
• Substance Abuse Disorder
• Schizophrenia
• Anxiety Disorders including Post-Traumatic Stress (PTSD)

How the NHA can help

The 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


► Clay & Platte Counties identified as a Designated Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) for Mental Health

► 31.26% of Community Health Survey respondents identified mental health problems as one of the top three health problems in the community

► MO Department of Mental Health estimates nearly one in five adults experiences mental illness and one in 13 have been diagnosed with substance abuse disorders

► Depression leading cause of inpatient hospitalizations in the 15-24 age group

► More than 42% of respondents identified substance abuse, frequently closely linked to mental health problems, as a top health priority in the community

♦ Over 40 percent of adults with a substance abuse disorder have a co-occurring mental illness

Mental Health Binge Drinking-

Binge drinking is a problem in the Northland, as both counties have higher rates than the US average. Platte county residents have a higher percentage of binge drinkers than MO residents.

Mental Health Access to Drugs-

Student access to drugs, and especially alcohol, in both counties is a concern. Over half of our youth report having friends who drink.