Posted: May 7, 2014 5:23 PM by Alyssa Caruso, KOMU 8 Reporter
Updated: May 7, 2014 11:48 PM
JEFFERSON CITY - The Cole County Commission approved a nearly $200,000 grant Wednesday that would fund mental health services for inmates at the Cole County Jail. The Missouri Department of Public Safety still has to give approval to the grant in late June.
Cole County Sheriff Greg White said the grant money would provide a variety of mental health services to the inmates, including substance abuse training and therapy. The grant would allow the department to bring in a therapist, a counselor, and a community services worker from an outside mental health provider.
"The first part is allowing us to have the additional staff, not our staff, but outside provider staff to do substance abuse screening. And then the theory is there would be some level of substance abuse education," White said.
In addition White said for inmates that qualified, there would be a 20 bed housing area for serious and in-depth substance abuse counseling. The counselors would then be able to follow up with the inmates and help them reintegrate with their families and community.
White said having mental health services for the inmates will hopefully solve a variety of problems.
"If we reduce the recidivism rate by lowering the addiction rate, we save money for Cole County residents, we save money for the state of Missouri," White said. "We're also doing a very human thing in that reintegration of people with their families."
White said if the Missouri Department of Public Safety approves the grant in late June, the department hopes for implementation in August.
Posted 8:06 AM 12/1/2015 by Louie Kaczmarek, KOMU 8 Reporter
JEFFERSON CITY – Pre-filing began Tuesday for the 2016 legislative session and state representatives already have a plan in mind for the new year.
Rep. Travis Fitzwater, R-Fulton said lawmakers will be focusing bills on infrastructure, ethics reform and school funding.(More)
Posted 5:44 AM 12/1/2015 by Zachary Reger, KOMU 8 Digital Producer
PHELPS COUNTY - A woman was hit and killed by a passing vehicle Monday night near I-44 in Phelps County.
Miya Goetz, 21, was a passenger in a stopped vehicle on the westbound side of the highway, according to an (More)
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Posted 4:36 AM 12/1/2015 by The Associated Press
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Monsanto Co. plans to make its operations carbon neutral by 2021.
A key component of Monsanto's plan calls for working with the thousands of farmers who use its seeds, herbicides and pesticides. The company is developing an incentives program to encourage (More)
Posted 11:05 PM 11/30/2015 by Rose Schmidt, KOMU 8 Digital Producer
BOONE COUNTY - The Boone County Sheriff's Department arrested a woman on several charges after she hit multiple vehicles, sending two people to the hospital.
The department arrested Deborah Barr, 51, from Columbia on two counts of assault, assaulting a law enforcement officer, leaving (More)
Posted 7:52 PM 11/30/2015 by Rose Schmidt, KOMU 8 Digital Producer
FULTON - The Fulton Police Department is investigating a shooting that sent one man to the hospital.
Investigators said the incident was reported at 5:07 p.m. Monday at 728 Grand Avenue.
Detective Dal Hedges said the man was taken to Fulton Medical Center initally but did not (More)
Posted 1:08 PM 11/30/2015 by Derek Brizendine, KOMU 8 Reporter
CENTRALIA - The City of Centralia hopes expanding its electrical system will help bring growth to more parts of town.
Boring for the first of three new underground electrical conduits began Monday. The conduits will run under the two rail lines in the city and widen (More)
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Posted 5:36 PM 11/30/2015 by The Associated Press and Ashton Day, KOMU 8 Digital Producer
COLUMBIA (AP) — A federal judge has temporarily blocked Missouri's health department from revoking the abortion license held by a Planned Parenthood clinic in Columbia.
The temporary restraining order issued Monday by U.S. District Judge Nanette Laughrey is set to (More)
Posted 4:38 PM 11/30/2015 by The Associated Press
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri higher education leaders have dropped plans for a potential 2016 ballot measure that would have raised taxes on cigarettes to fund college scholarships.
Supporters of the "Missouri Promise" initiative announced their decision (More)