Nixon announces $2 million grant for Joplin trauma center

Wednesday, July 6, 2011 | 6:32 p.m. CDT; updated 1:03 p.m. CDT, Monday, August 1, 2011

JOPLIN — Missouri is allocating $2 million for a trauma center in Joplin that will provide mental health services for children and families affected by the May tornado.

Gov. Jay Nixon said in a statement Wednesday that six organizations are partnering to launch the Joplin Child Trauma Treatment Center.

The center will focus on training personnel at schools and other organizations to identify children experiencing trauma from the May 22 tornado, which killed more than 150 people, injured hundreds of others and destroyed thousands of homes and businesses.

Personnel also will specialize in mental health treatment and services for children and families in need.

Until the trauma center opens, adults who know of a child needing mental health services should contact the Ozark Center at (417) 347-7600.

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