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“Show Me Hope” Counseling and Mental Health Services Available for Victims in Flood Areas

The Missouri Times reported that Missouri was awarded nearly $700,000 in federal disaster relief funding. These funds are supporting free, confidential “Show Me Hope” counseling and mental health services in declared disaster area counties. In addition to face-to-face counseling, there also is a hotline and text line in operation. The 24-hour disaster distress hotline is 800-985-5990 and individuals can also text “TalkWithUs” to 66746.

Contact information for additional Show Me Hope providers is below: 

  • Pike County
    • Arthur Center: 573-582-1234
  • Boone, Carroll, Chariton and Greene counties
    • Burrell Behavioral Health: 417-761-5898 Contact: Matt Lemmon
  • Cole, Jackson, Lafayette, Lincoln, Miller, Osage, Pulaski and St. Charles counties
    • Compass Health: 844-853-8937
  • Livingston County
    • Department of Mental Health: 573-751-3070
  • Andrew, Atchison, Buchanan, Holt and Platte counties
    • Family Guidance Center: 816-364-1501
  • Jasper County
    • Ozark Center: 417-434-3458

In addition, the story reports that “the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHSS) says it’s common for individuals to experience emotional distress during floods. Signs of emotional distress, according to the federal agency, including feeling helpless or hopeless, continued fighting with loved ones, excessive absences from work or school, or experiencing constant memorials or thoughts regarding the flood that won’t dissipate.”

This is not the first time Missouri has received federal disaster relief funding. The first-ever disaster relief funding Missouri received was part of the federal disaster aid provided to the state for recovery from the statewide flood that began in 1993 and lasted through 1994. Recovery work continued through 1995. Only one of 114 counties in the state was not declared a federal disaster area. The Missouri Coalition Against Domestic Violence (the name of MCADSV before expanding to become a dual domestic and sexual violence coalition in 2006) was the impetus and lead for Missouri obtaining the first-ever federal disaster relief grant award for domestic violence services. Although the phrase “continued fighting with loved ones” is used rather than the more appropriate terms of either domestic violence or abuse, it remains an allowable funded counseling service through the Show Me Hope counseling program. Researchers continue to recommend that domestic violence should be part of the recovery plan during natural disaster areas.

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