FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact:
Kelly Wallis
Director, Boone County Community Services
Phone:  (573) 886-4298
Email:  kwallis@boonecountymo.org

BOONE COUNTY CHILDREN’S SERVICES BOARD SEEKING COMMUNITY INPUT
AND APPLICANTS FOR BOARD POSITION OPENINGS

March 4, 2014 – The Boone County Children’s Services Board seeks targeted information from the perspective of local providers whose services and programming align with Missouri Statutes 67 & 210. On February 27, 2014 the Board hosted the first of five community input sessions. Each meeting in the series of input sessions will be held at 4:30PM in the Boone County Commission Chambers in the Boone County Government Center at 801 E. Walnut, Columbia. These sessions, as detailed below, will allow the Board to grasp the collective perspective of service providers around specific service/topic areas. The final session, a general input forum, will be held on April 24, 2014 and is open to the community-at-large.

The Board is also seeking qualified applicants for three upcoming vacancies. Especially encouraged to apply are individuals with experience in or related to the following areas: the provision or advocacy for mental health services; healthcare administration; administrative experience with governmental or social service agencies; personal former eligibility for services or guardian of individual formerly eligible for services; legal experience; and accounting/finance. Section 210.861, Revised Statutes of Missouri, prohibits membership on the board by certain persons, including current County Commissioners, those having any financial interest in any agency receiving funds from the Children’s Services Fund and those employed by any agency receiving funds. The board meets the second and fourth Thursdays of each month from 4:30PM-6:00PM in the Boone County Commission Chambers. Additional information is available on the Boone County website at www.showmeboone.com/commission/Children-Board.asp.

The Boone County Children’s Services Board is in place following voter approval on November 6, 2012. The Board, in partnership with the Boone County Commission, is charged with the improvement of Boone County through the provision of services to protect the well-being and safety of children nineteen years of age and under and their families. The Board is dedicated to the provision of services through the responsible and transparent allocation of funds received as a result of the Boone County Children’s Services ¼ cent county-wide sales tax, which is estimated at approximately $6.5 million dollars annually. Funding may be expensed to purchase the following services for children age 0-19 and their families within Boone County:

Boone County Children’s Services Board
Community Input Schedule
Each meeting in the series of input sessions will be held at 4:30PM in the Boone County Commission Chambers in the Boone County Government Center at 801 E. Walnut, Columbia.

Date

Service/Topic Area

Funding Categories

Questions

Feb 27

Shelter & At-Risk Populations

  • Temporary shelter
  • Unwed mothers/parents

1) What are the top two issues you feel need to be addressed in your shelter and at-risk service populations?
2) Are there systemic obstacles to your success when working with shelter and at-risk populations?
3) Where is the gap in your shelter and at-risk population services?
4) What is a quantitative measure of your success when working with shelter and at-risk populations?
5) Please describe potential collaborations you envision for addressing challenges in the shelter and at-risk populations service area?

Mar 13

Community-Based Programs & Family Intervention Services

  • Respite Care
  • Home-based treatment
  • Community-based treatment

1) What are the top two issues you feel need to be addressed in your service population for community-based programs and/or family intervention services?
2) Are there systemic obstacles to your success when working with community-based programs and/or family intervention services?
3) Where is the gap in your community-based programs and/or family intervention services?
4) What is a quantitative measure of your success when working with community-based programs and/or family intervention services?
5) Please describe potential collaborations you envision for addressing challenges in the community-based programs and/or family intervention services service area?

Mar 27

Clinical & Mental Health Services

  • Outpatient (chemical & psychiatric) treatment
  • Counseling and related services for transitional living
  • Crisis intervention
  • Professional counseling and therapy
  • Psychological evaluations
  • Mental health screenings

1) What are the top two issues you feel need to be addressed in your service population specifically for clinical and mental health services?
2) Are there systemic obstacles to your success when working specifically with clinical and mental health services?
3) Where is the gap in your clinical and mental health services?
4) What is a quantitative measure of your success when working with clinical and mental health services?
5) Please describe potential collaborations you envision for addressing challenges in the clinical and mental health service area?

April 10

Primary Prevention

  • Prevention programs which promote healthy lifestyles for individuals, groups, or families

1) What are the top two issues you feel need to be addressed in your service population for primary prevention?
2) Are there systemic obstacles to your success when working with primary prevention services?
3) Where is the gap in your primary prevention services?
4) What is a quantitative measure of your success when working with primary prevention services?
5) Please describe potential collaborations you envision for addressing challenges in the primary prevention service area?

April 24

Open Forum

Open Forum

Open Forum