Family Counseling Center lands $10,000 mental health, substance abuse grant

Monday, November 1, 2010 | 12:01 a.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Of the 2,800 patients treated each year for drug and alcohol addiction by the Family Counseling Center of Missouri, about three-fourths have diagnosable mental conditions, Allen Tacker, executive director, said. 

"Traditionally, drug and alcohol centers in the past saw drug and alcohol addictions and mental health as separate," Tacker said. "In reality, they feed into each other."

The Family Counseling Center, a not-for-profit organization that treats co-occurring disorders and focuses on mental wellness, includes three residential centers and seven outpatient clinics.  The center runs on money from donations, grants and contracts. 

The Missouri Foundation for Health recently awarded a $10,000 grant to the Family Counseling Center.

Tacker said that the center plans to use the money to:

  • Create PowerPoint training modules for staff training.
  • Individualize therapy for patients.
  • Change policies and procedures to make the system friendlier for people with co-occurring disorders.
  • Create materials, handouts and brochures for people in the community about what the center does.

The grant will begin Monday and continue for a year. 

Cynthia Hayes, program officer for the Missouri Foundation for Health, said the grant was limited to recipients of an earlier co-occurring disorders improvement grant. 

"They plan to enhance the treatment for the co-occurring disorders program they already run," Hayes said. "In the proposal, they also hoped to expand training to other sites, which would allow them to serve more people."

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