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A Drug-Free Missouri Future

The numbers are disturbing. Drug abuse and addiction are rapidly tearing communities and families apart in Missouri and across America. I’ve heard from job creators who tell me that too many potential new hires cannot pass a drug test. Military recruiters have told me they have to turn away good recruits due to drug use. Law enforcement reports most crime in our communities is related to drug use. And, sadly, 25% of children in Missouri’s foster care are there due to their parent’s drug abuse. This has got to stop.  It’s time to unite and take action against this menace to set a new path for individuals and families in our district—one that is drug-free.

I need your help. Our communities are made strong by those living in them. By bringing everyone together to combat a common problem, I am sure we can make some real progress towards eradicating the looming and growing problem of substance abuse and addiction in Missouri. 

Drug Free MO Toolkit

THE TOOLKIT: Click here to download a digital copy of the Drug Free Missouri Toolkit

We can help create A Drug-Free Missouri by joining forces, raising awareness, finding solutions, and improving the lives of those affected by drug abuse. It is my hope the resources on this page will help connect families impacted by addiction with evidence based resources around prevention, treatment and recovery.




  • The Parent Toolkit ­ Whether your child is toddling through preschool, meandering through middle school or cruising through his ’20s ­­ here are tips to help guide him toward a healthy life at every age!
  • Join a Community Anti­Drug Coalition ­ Community Anti­Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) is the leading substance abuse prevention organization, representing over 5,000 community based coalitions across the United States and in 22 countries who work to create safe, healthy, and drug­free communities. CADCA’s Membership Department is ready and able to connect you with our coalition network which reaches into every U.S. state and territory.
  • Free Online Course: "Medicine Safety: Drug Disposal and Storage"
  • 6 Parenting Practices ­ 6 practices that will help you reduce the chances your child will develop a drug or alcohol problem.
  • How to Connect with Your Kids ­ Teens say that parents are the most important influence when it comes to drugs and alcohol. This link provides information for parents on how to bond with your teenagers as well as 8 ways to talk with your teen about drugs and alcohol.
  • Family Checkup ­ highlight parenting skills that are important in preventing the initiation and progression of drug use among youth.
  • National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month and Online Toolkit for Community Leaders ­ CADCA’s online prescription drug abuse prevention toolkit introduces facts, strategies, and tools to prevent and reduce teen prescription drug abuse in your communities.
  • SAMHSA ­ Parent Resources ­ Underage Drinking ­ Check out these resources to help you start—and keep up—the conversation about the dangers of drinking alcohol at a young age.
  • Teen engagement ­ Resources to help teens live “Above the Influence” and learn the facts about drugs and alcohol.
  • The Medicine Abuse Project ­ The Medicine Abuse Project website includes information about prevention of prescription drug abuse, painkiller addiction, and over­the­counter (OTC) medicine abuse. It provides information about how to dispose of medicine and how to safeguard the medicine in your home, as well as lists medicine abuse facts and includes comprehensive information about the most abused prescription drugs.


  • Children of Alcoholics Kit for Parents ­ The National Association for Children of Alcoholics (NACoA) has assembled this kit to help you and your children learn more about this disease and to provide information for you about resources others have found to be helpful.
  • Find Al­Anon ­ Al­Anon is a network of support groups for friends and families of problem drinkers. This link provides information on how to tell if someone’s problem drinking is affecting you and resources available for support.
  • Find Alateen ­ Alateen is a fellowship of young Al­Anon members, usually teenagers, whose lives have been affected by someone else's drinking. Alateen groups are sponsored by Al­Anon members who help the group to stay on track. Alateens come together to share experiences, strength, and hope with each other, discuss difficulties learn effective ways to cope with problems, encourage one another, help each other understand the principles of the Al­Anon program, learn how to use the Twelve Steps and Alateen's Twelve Traditions.


  • Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator ­ A confidential and anonymous source of information for persons seeking treatment facilities in the United States or U.S. Territories for substance abuse/addiction and/or mental health problems.
  • Find a Behavioral Health Provider ­ A comprehensive list of behavioral health providers throughout the country.
  • Find an Addiction Psychiatrist ­ The AAAP (American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry) Patient Referral Program (or Physician Locator) is a listing of AAAP Members by state for quick and easy navigation and referrals.
  • Finding Quality Addiction Treatment ­ Whether you are seeking help for yourself or for a friend, family member or someone you know, this guide will point you toward the best quality treatment. Depending on where you live, your treatment options may be limited, but that doesn’t mean you should ever go without treatment.
  • Intervention eBook: What to do if your child is drinking or using drugs ­ This e­book answers parents’ most pressing questions about confronting their child about his or her use.
  • Medication­Assisted Treatment (MAT) E­book ­ This eBook will help you learn more about medication­assisted treatment – what it is, how it’s used, where to find it and how you can best support your child through treatment.
  • National Institute of Drug Abuse: Treatment ­ Drug addiction is a chronic disease characterized by compulsive, or uncontrollable, drug seeking and use despite harmful consequences and changes in the brain, which can be long lasting. These changes in the brain can lead to the harmful behaviors seen in people who use drugs. Drug addiction is also a relapsing disease. Relapse is the return to drug use after an attempt to stop.
  • Patient Guide ­ The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse’s step­by­step guide was created to help you navigate the vast amount of information—and misinformation—about finding addiction treatment and the questions that may arise along your journey.
  • Questions to Ask Treatment Programs ­ This list of questions can help guide your conversation with treatment program staff in helping you decide which program is the best fit for your child and family.
  • SAMHSA’s National Helpline ­ SAMHSA’s National Helpline (also known as the Treatment Referral Routing Service) is a confidential, free, 24­hour­a­day, 365­day­a­year, information service, in English and Spanish, for individuals and family members facing mental health and/or substance use disorders.
  • Treatment eBook: How to find the right help for your child with a drug or alcohol problem Our Treatment e­book (pdf) has all the facts you need to know so that you can get the right help for your child. You will learn what alcohol and drug abuse treatment is, how to pay for treatment, how to get your child to start treatment and what you can do to help yourself and your family cope with the challenges you’re facing.


  • Continuing Care ­ A Parent’s Guide to Your Teen Recovery from Substance Abuse
  • Find Local A.A. ­ Find local Alcoholics Anonymous programs and meetings.
  • Find Local N.A. ­ Locate helplines and websites for local groups near you who can assist you in finding a meeting.
  • Find a Recovery Community Organization ­ Locate local organizations providing peer recovery support services in recovery community centers and other diverse settings.
  • Guide to Mutual Aid Resources: Find a Support Group ­ Mutual aid is the process of giving and receiving non­clinical and non­professional help to achieve long­term recovery from addiction. There are mutual aid groups for people seeking, initiating and sustaining their recovery and for their families and significant others.
  • Join an Association of Recovery Community Organizations ­ Find a local recovery organization.
  • Locate an Association of Recovery Schools Member School ­ The map of school­based recovery support initiates from a broad market study conducted by The Stacie Mathewson Foundation on behalf of the Association of Recovery Schools. The goal is to paint a picture of the present landscape of schools that have a recovery support emphasis.
  • Parent support network ­ The Parent Support Network at Partnership for Drug­Free Kids is a system of care for parents whose teen and young adult children are struggling with drugs and alcohol.
  • Recovery Residences – Information about access to quality recovery residences through standards, support services, placement, education, research and advocacy.
  • Young People in Recovery ­ Find a Chapter ­ Find a Young People in Recovery chapter nearest to you with this map.


  • Drugs, Brains, and Behavior: The Science of Addiction ­ Provides scientific information about the disease of drug addiction, including the many harmful consequences of drug abuse and the basic approaches that have been developed to prevent and treat the disease.
  • A Focus on Heroin & Opioids: From Understanding to Action ­ Information to understand the opioid epidemic and how to take action.
  • Drug Facts: Heroin ­ Facts from the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
  • Prescription Drugs and Cold Medicines ­ Some medications have psychoactive (mind­altering) properties and, because of that, are sometimes abused—that is, taken for reasons or in ways or amounts not intended by a doctor, or taken by someone other than the person for whom they are prescribed. In fact, prescription and over­the­counter (OTC) drugs are, after marijuana (and alcohol), the most commonly abused substances by Americans 14 and older.
  • Prescription Opioids and Heroin ­ Facts on prescription opioids and heroin from the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
  • That’s Right. Addiction is a Disease. Video ­ Video presentation from the Partnership for Drug­Free Kids.
  • Rx and OTC Drug Guide ­ Teen medicine abuse is an epidemic ­ one that is not poised to get better. But there are steps we can all take, starting with getting educated about the types of medicine that teens frequently abuse, you can take the first step in helping to end medicine abuse. Here, you can learn about the prescription and over­the­counter drugs that teens are most commonly abusing, including what they look like, their street or slang names, how they're taken and what the potential side effects are.
  • The Teen Brain ­ Scientists are beginning to learn that it takes a brain about 25 years to fully develop, and that a huge burst of development happens during adolescence. That burst can explain a lot of unpredictable – and sometimes risky – teen behavior.


  • SAMHSA’s National Helpline - SAMHSA’s National Helpline (also known as the Treatment Referral Routing Service) is a confidential, free, 24­hour­a­day, 365­day­a­year, information service, in English and Spanish, for individuals and family members facing mental health and/or substance use disorders. This service provides referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups, and community based organizations. Callers can also order free publications and other information. Call 1-­800-­662­-HELP (4357) or visit the online treatment locators.
  • Partnership for Drug­Free Kids Helpline - 1-­855-DRUGFREE is a toll-free, national Helpline for parents whose children are abusing drugs or alcohol take effective action to support their loved one. The Helpline is staffed by trained and caring, bilingual, master’s level parent support specialists. Their job is to talk confidentially with callers and share information to help.
  • Community Anti­Drug Coalition of America Technical Assistance Hotline - 1­-800-­54-­CADCA, Ext. 240




Drug Court Discretionary Grant Program: The purpose of the Adult Drug Court Discretionary Grant Program is to provide financial and technical assistance to states, state courts, local courts, units of local government, and Indian tribal governments to develop and implement drug courts that effectively integrate evidence-based substance use disorder treatment, mandatory drug testing, sanctions and incentives, and transitional services in a judicially supervised court setting with jurisdiction over substance-misusers.

For more information, here is last year’s announcement:

Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Site-base Program: Applications are due April 25th, 2017. The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) establishes a comprehensive, coordinated, and balanced strategy through enhanced grant programs that expand prevention and education efforts while also promoting treatment and recovery.

For more information:

Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) Program: Applications are due April 25th, 2017. The goals of the Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Training and Technical Assistance Program are twofold. First, the program aims to support site-based and state initiatives designed to reduce opioid misuse and the number of overdose fatalities. Second, the program supports PDMPs and their stakeholders in expanding the implementation, enhancement, and proactive use of prescription drug monitoring programs to support clinical decision-making and prevent the misuse and diversion of controlled substances.

For more information:

Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program: The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program the primary provider of federal criminal justice funding to state and local jurisdictions. The JAG Program provides states and units of local governments with critical funding necessary to support a range of program areas including law enforcement; prosecution and court programs; prevention and education programs; corrections and community corrections; drug treatment and enforcement; crime victim and witness initiatives; and planning, evaluation, and technology improvement programs.

For more information, here is the announcement for FY 2016:

Adult Drug Court Planning, Training, Technical Assistance, and Resource Center Initiative: The purpose of the Adult Drug Court Discretionary Grant Program is to provide financial and technical assistance to states, state courts, local courts, units of local government, and Indian tribal governments to develop and implement drug courts that effectively integrate evidenced-based substance abuse treatment, mandatory drug testing, sanctions and incentives, and transitional services in a judicially-supervised court setting with jurisdiction over substance-abusing drug court participants.

For more information, here is the announcement for FY 2016:

Joint Adult Drug Court Solicitation to Enhance Services, Coordination, and Treatment: The purpose of this joint initiative is to allow applicants to submit a comprehensive strategy for enhancing drug court services and substance use disorder treatment. Through this solicitation, applicants are competing for two grant awards (a grant from SAMHSA and a separate grant from BJA) for both criminal justice and substance use disorder treatment funds with one application.

For more information, here is the announcement for FY 2016:

Swift, Certain, and Fair (SCF) Supervision Program – Including Project HOPE: BJA’s “Smart Suite” of programs invests in the development of practitioner-researcher partnerships that use data, evidence, and innovation to create strategies and interventions that are effective and economical. This data-driven approach enables jurisdictions to understand the full nature and extent of the crime and supervision challenges they are facing and to target resources to the highest priorities. The Smart Suite of programs, which includes the Swift, Certain, and Fair (SCF) Supervision Program, is a strategic approach that brings more “science” into criminal justice operations by leveraging innovative applications of analysis, technology, and evidence-based practices with the goal of improving performance and effectiveness while containing costs.

For More information, here is last year’s announcement:

Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Program: Units of local government and non-profit organizations are eligible for grants to plan and implement place-based, community-oriented strategies to address targeted crime issues within a neighborhood as a part of a broader neighborhood revitalization initiative. Resources will target hot spots of crime where a significant proportion of crime occurs as compared to the overall jurisdiction.

For More information, here is last year’s announcement:


Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program: The DFC Support Program has two goals: Establish and strengthen collaboration among communities, public and private non-profit agencies; as well as federal, state, local, and tribal governments to support the efforts of community coalitions working to prevent and reduce substance use among individuals 18 years of age and younger; and reduce substance use among youth and, over time, reduce substance abuse among adults by addressing the factors in a community that increase the risk of substance abuse and promoting the factors that minimize the risk of substance abuse.

For More Information, here is last year’s announcement:

Recovery Community Services Program-Statewide Network: The purpose of this program is to further strengthen Recovery Community Organizations (RCOs) and their statewide network of recovery stakeholders as key partners in the delivery of state and local treatment and recovery support services, as well as allied health systems through collaboration, systems improvement, public health messaging, and training conducted for (or with) key recovery stakeholder organizations.

For More Information, here is last year’s announcement:


AMA Healthy Living Grant Program: This program provides grants for grassroots public health projects that encourage healthy lifestyles in communities across the nation. Organizations that receive grants design projects to meet the needs of their local communities. Required project criteria includes: must focus specifically on prescription drug safety; project target audience must be youth/young adults between the ages of 2-21; and project target audience must be an underserved and/or at-risk population. 

For More Information, here is last year’s announcement:

Cardinal Health Foundation’s Generation Rx Program: This RFP seeks to achieve one goal: To engage patients and their healthcare providers in reducing the number of opioids prescribed for pain management, while producing better patient outcomes and better pain management. Successful applicants will submitted proposals designed to meet these objectives: with the patient, develop comprehensive treatment plans that consider all options available prior to prescribing opioids, with a goal of reducing the use of opioids for pain management; for patients who are prescribed opioids as a part of their treatment regimen, encourage patient engagement and ongoing follow-up by a healthcare professional until the use of opioids can be discontinued; measure progress in terms of morphine equivalents, pain management, and patient satisfaction; and share your best practices and outcomes with the healthcare team, patients, and caregivers.

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Walmart State Giving Program: Provides between $25,000 – $250,000 to current 501(c)(3) groups serving low-income, underserved populations. The operation process operates in three cycles – “community engagement” projects in Missouri are eligible for cycle 2 and cycle 3, with cycle 2 accepting applications between May 8th, 2017 and May 12th, 2017 and cycle 3 accepting applications between August 7th, 2017 and August 11th, 2017.

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