Substance Abuse is taking a hit from the Case Project

One in 12 adults suffer from substance abuse or mental illness. Twenty million Americans who are 12 or older, have used an illegal drug in the past 30 days according to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence. With substance abuse on the rise, a local program is making headway in the Boonville community to give substance abuse victims resources to change their lives for the better.
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Area agencies participating in the Case Project met in September at the State Fair Community College in Boonville to get a hands on feel of the technology based treatment program, where clients can go in and see the services that are right at their fingertips.
The goal of the Case Project is to initiate free services to the uninsured and underserved individuals for treatment and to provide access to wraparound services such as food, shelter, jobs, education, child care, legal services and many other services through a client portal. They will have the ability to review notes from providers as well as update their information online.
Area professionals at the meeting voiced their excitement about how much time that this program will cut down while helping an individual in obtaining treatment.
"With this program, we will have information that is given to the officers quicker and it will shorten the process," said Ed Bestgen District Administrator for Probation and Parole.
Case Project clients can come from many sources such as Probation and Parole, Drug Court, Self-Referral, the Children's Division and many other entities. People who reside in Cooper, Randolph, Saline, Pettis, Lafayette and Boone counties will have access to the Case Project.
"To me it seems like a marvelous opportunity for Missouri for innovation to move forward and to spread the resources," said Anita Salisbury the Area Treatment Coordinator from the Division of Offender Rehabilitative Services.
The Case Project has already exceeded its expectations since it started six months ago.
"Our grant evaluator came and evaluated the grant, and he loved everything that we are doing. So far the program is a success," said Lorna Miles the Project Director.
The Case Project is funded by a three year SAMHSA grant that was awarded to are area to help combat substance abuse and mental illness. After the three years is up The Project Director, Lorna Miles and Executive Director Brian Williams are looking for other avenues to keep this resource in the area.
Statewide statistics show that Missouri needs help in combatting substance abuse. In 2007, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found that one in eight weekend, nighttime drivers tested positive for illicit drugs. The number of meth lab seizure incidents in the state of Missouri increased 37%, from 1,261 incidents in 2007 to 1,732 incidents in 2009 according to data from the El Paso Intelligence Center’s National Seizure System (EPIC-NSS)
Already the Case Project has made a drastic change in the first six months of operating. There are only hopes from area professionals that this program will continue to take a hit against substance abuse and mental illness.