MU psychology program: County funds more than double services

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COLUMBIA - A department in charge of appropriating funds to various health services released its annual report Thursday. The report showed funds that an MU psychology program said helped it more than double its services. 

The Boone County Community Services Department handles four different funds that were distributed to 45 programs in 2015.

Some of those funds include the Community Health Fund, the Social Services Fund and the Domestic Violence Fund. Community Services Director Kelly Wallis said the services are aimed at protecting the well-being and safety of Boone County residents.

The department also includes the Children's Service Fund which was created by a voter approved quarter cent sales tax in 2012.

The Children's Services Fund provides money to the Psychological Services Clinic at the University of Missouri. The clinic received over $400,000 in 2015.

Debora Bell, a professor of psychology at the University of Missouri and the primary investigator at the Psychological Services Clinic, said the money they received allowed them to more than double their services.

"We provide evidence based assessment and treatment for children and families as well as individual adults," Bell said.

Other programs that benefit from community services department funds are:

  • The BRIDGE program provided by Central Missouri Community Action
  • The Family Health Program provided by Burrell Behavioral Health
  • The Boys and Girls Club of Columbia Area
  • The Boone County Schools Mental Health Coalition

For a full list of programs visit the Boone County Community Services Department website.