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Commission Asks For Input From Behavioral Health Professionals

A new health commission that’s trying to provide medical care to the uninsured in Greene County is calling all behavioral health professionals to speak out at an upcoming forum. KSMU’s Adam Murphy reports.

The Springfield-Greene County Regional Health Commission was launched in July of last year. It’s a partnership between hospitals, healthcare providers, and other agencies in the region created for the purpose of helping those with insufficient or no health insurance.

Next Monday (Feb. 1st), the commission will hold a Behavioral Health Practitioner’s Forum to hear information and feedback on the state of behavioral health services for the uninsured. Dr. Matthew Stinson is with the Jordan Valley Community Health Center. He says behavioral health care is an important need for many Missourians, and not enough people know what care is available to them.

“We see a lot of people going to the emergency room to seek behavioral health care, and we know that’s not the best place for them to receive that care. So it’s the idea of trying to find a medical home for patients and one of those aspects of that care is behavioral health,” said Stinson.

The forum will be held at the Library Center Auditorium on Monday, February 1, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. For more information contact Carmen Parker Bradshaw, Executive Director of the commission at 864-1573 or cbradshaw [at] springfieldmo [dot] gov.

For KSMU News, I’m Adam Murphy.