SW Mo. Nonprofit Gets $4.9M Federal Grant
SPRINGFIELD (AP) - A Springfield nonprofit has received a federal grant for $4.9 million to help parents who are in danger of losing their children because of drug problems.
The Springfield News-Leader reports that the five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will go to Alternative Opportunities, a non-profit agency expected to serve about 400 families from Greene, Barry, Lawrence and Stone counties.
The services include child and family therapy, substance abuse treatment, parenting education and help finding and keeping a job.
Reggie McElhannon, a spokesman for Alternative Opportunities, says it's important to keep families together while keeping the children safe.
The nonprofit plans to work with other organizations including Community Partnership of the Ozarks and the Center for Dispute Resolution at Missouri State University.