Budget cuts force jail time for mentally ill

State funding has been cut to mental health, and the corrections system budget has grown, and the closing of state hospitals due to deinstitutionalization, has meant jails became inpatient mental-health centers by default.

Missouri team aims for early autism diagnosis

An Autism Diagnostic Team formed in Joplin to detect cases of autism early in child development, saving Brett and Melissa Smith travel time and money to get their 20-month-old son Braylon tested.