Blunt Relents, Bellefontaine Stays Open

Governor Blunt relents and the Bellefontaine Habilitation Center in St. Louis will remain open. Blunt had been adamant:  instances of patient abuse by staff at the Bellefontaine Habilitation Center in St. Louis should lead to its closure. But talks with family...

Community Mental Health Centers Ask for More Money

The people who run Missouri’s community mental health centers say a gaping hole exists in the mental health safety net and only money will patch it. A spokesman for the centers describes them as service providers to people with serious mental illness, youth who...

Elder Abuse Hotline Gets Some Heat

Some of those who care for elderly people who stay in their own homes think Governor Blunt’s effort to save money by combining hotline telephone services of two high-profile departments into one hotline operation is a failure. They’ve let some important...

Plea for State Support of Treatment Centers

A recovering drug and alcohol addict pleads with the legislature for more state money to be spent at centers who give people like her a second chance. Aaronette Noble of O’Fallon smoked her first marijuana at age 7; took her first drink at 14, started using meth...

Medicaid Reform Has Three Goals

Medicaid reform tops the agenda of many this legislative session. Governor Blunt is weighing 14 recommendations made by the Departments of Social Services, Health and Mental Health. Interim State Medical Services Director Steve Renne says they boil down to three...
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