Check out the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) to find support if you are or someone you know if struggling with mental illness. Click the link below or call the NAMI Helpline at 800-950-NAMI.
There are many supports, services and treatment options that may help. A change in behavior or mood may be the early warning signs of a mental health condition and should never be ignored. There are many different types of mental illness, and it isn’t easy to simplify the range of challenges people face.
Here are some things to consider when reaching out:
If it's an emergency in which you or someone you know is suicidal, you should immediately call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, call 911 or go to a hospital emergency room.
If you can wait a few days, make an appointment with your primary healthcare provider or pediatrician if you think your condition is mild to moderate.
If your symptoms are moderate to severe, make an appointment with a specialized doctor such as a psychiatrist. You may need to contact your community mental health center or primary health care provider for a referral.
If you or your child is in school or at college, contact the school and ask about their support services.
Seek out support groups in your community and educate yourself about your symptoms and diagnosis. Social support and knowledge can be valuable tools for coping.
The Clay County Public Administrator’s office is very excited about the new MOABLE program. The MOABLE program offers families the opportunity to open tax-free ABLE accounts. These are tax-free savings plans for disability-related expenses. The program helps families save and invest without losing federal needs-based benefits for their disabled family members. Check out the MOABLE website to determine eligibility and qualified expenses at the link below or call them at: 1-800-439-1653.
Clay County Public Health Center offers a wide range of clinic services. Some services are available to everyone, some to Clay County residents only and others are for residents who are uninsured, under insured or on Medicaid. Some services are age restricted. For example, Samuel U. Rodgers a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) offers comprehensive dental clinic services for children and adults in the Northland. The dental clinic accepts Medicaid, Medicare, and most private insurance. For the uninsured, fees for dental care are on a sliding scale.
Click here for Missouri Dept of Mental Health guide to MOHealthNet services for the developmentally disabled. We understand that Home and Community Based Waiver programs can be confusing. This guide could be a good place to start. Call any Family Support Division office for information on eligibility or call MOHealthNet Participant Services for information on services and providers at 1-888-275-5908.