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Final Report on Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Task Force, Delivered to Governor Parson

March 11, 2024
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MOST Policy Initiative is proud to have contributed to the inaugural report of the Missouri State Legislative Task Force on Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment, a significant milestone in addressing the behavioral health needs of Missourians grappling with substance use disorders.

The comprehensive report, approved by committee members, has been submitted to Governor Parson, the General Assembly leadership, and is now available to the public. Access the report online: https://house.mo.gov/billtracking/bills231/commit/rpt2925/SubstanceAbusePrevention.pdf

Partnering with MOST Policy Initiative fellows, the Task Force diligently worked to synthesize information from executive agencies, summarize committee hearing testimony, and analyze data on program efficacy. The collaborative effort resulted in a valuable resource that sheds light on the state's actions and initiatives in tackling substance use disorders.

Throughout 2023, the Task Force, comprising members from State House and Senate as well as subject matter experts appointed by the Governor, convened multiple times to hear testimony from Executive Agencies' representatives about their programs dedicated to prevention, treatment, and education surrounding substance use disorders.

Representative John Black, Chair of the Task Force, expressed gratitude, stating, "This first report of the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Task Force would have been impossible without the significant cooperation of state departments, analysis provided by the Missouri MOST Policy Initiative, participation of task force members, and support from the House Research team."

MOST Policy Initiative fellows, including Drs. Sarah Anderson, Madeleine Roberts, Isabel Warner, and Rieka Yu, played a pivotal role in organizing departmental data into a cohesive document at no cost to the state. Informed by MOST analysis, the Task Force has recommended the General Assembly to enhance highly effective programs in their crucial work.

MOST Policy Initiative takes pride in contributing to this vital effort to improve the lives of Missourians struggling with substance use disorders. The organization looks forward to supporting the long-term research needs of future Task Forces and Committees in upcoming sessions.

For those seeking help, SAMHSA's National Helpline (1-800-662-4357) remains a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service.

Contact: Robert Boone, Executive Director of MOST Policy Initiative

Phone: 314-827-4549

Email: robert@mostpolicyinitiative.org

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