Please join us in supporting access to services for young adults with mental illness and substance abuse disorders.
Research shows that a majority of individuals with serious mental illness and substance abuse disorders experience the first onset between 15 and 25 years of age. Young adults in this situation are frequently uninsured. As a result, they often struggle to access the services that could put them on a path to recovery. Instead, these young adults find themselves on a path to disability as treatable conditions becomes debilitating crises.
Missouri is considering a pilot program that would provide approximately 1,900 uninsured young adults facing a serious mental illness or substance abuse disorder with Medicaid coverage targeted to meet their mental and physical health needs. For these young adults, this coverage could make the difference between disability and independence.
The Missouri Department of Social Services is seeking public input on the proposed program. Please join us in telling the Department of Social Services that we support this proposal.
Click here to sign on to our letter to the Department of Social Services, supporting the proposed program.
Note: We will collect signatures through Wednesday, March 23rd to ensure we deliver your voice to the Missouri Department of Social Services on time.
Want to do more? Consider attending an upcoming hearing and voicing your support. Hearings are being held across the state:
- Hannibal: March 10, 3-5 pm, Mark Twain Behavioral Health, 917 Broadway, 63401
- Cape Girardeau: March 11, 9-11 am, Community Counseling Center 402 S. Silver Springs Rd., 63703
- St. Louis: March 11, 2-4 pm, BJC Behavioral Health BJC Learning Institute, LL Conference Room C, 8300 Eager Rd., 63144
- Jefferson City: March 17, 2-4 pm, Missouri Coalition for Community Behavioral Healthcare, 221 Metro Dr., 65109
- Springfield: March 18, 9-11 am, Burrell Behavioral Health, 1300 E. Bradford Pkwy, 65804
- Lee’s Summit: March 18, 3-5 pm, ReDiscover, 901 NE Independence Ave., 64086
You can also join any hearing by phone by calling 1-866-906-9888 and entering PIN# 9841665.
Please let us know if you attend a hearing by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
This waiver won’t solve all of Missouri’s health care access problems – but it will make a real difference for the young adults it benefits.