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The staff of the United Way of the Ozarks is urging its Board of Directors to focus on improving healthcare access this fall. Under the recommendation, the United Way would raise money for three local agencies: The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Southwest Missouri, or NAMI, The Kitchen Clinic and Ozarks Counseling Center. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark reports.
The goal is to help the uninsured get the care they need. Jennifer Kennally, CEO of the organization, says the money will be raised this fall, and it will go directly to the partner agencies. The overall goal is to raise over $365,000, which will then be distributed over two years.
Kennally says the partner agencies have long-standing relationships with the United Way. She says two of the agencies, NAMI and Ozarks Counseling Center, focus on the mentally ill. The United Way also helps fund one program for the Kitchen Clinic.
“What we try to do here at United Way is examine what the most critical needs in the community are. We do that based on our community focus report that comes out every other year. The panel carefully studies all the proposals that we receive. They are really targeting their dollars toward gaps in service.”
According to a press release from the United Way, funds raised for NAMI will provide support and education to around 6,000 individuals with a mental illness diagnosis. And, the Kitchen Clinic plans to use its funds to assist over 2,000 people with medical prescriptions they would otherwise have to do without because they are not insured.
The funds raised for Ozarks Counseling Center will help cover the cost of treatment for over 2,000 people with mental health needs.
“Our upcoming Workplace Campaign in the fall is a primary source for these contributions that we’re allocating today.”
Kennally says she fully expects to meet the goal for this campaign.
She says last month, the United Way staff made recommendations for addressing needs related to education and at-risk kids, and next month the organization will make the same kind of announcement for its programming that focuses on meeting the basic needs of low income families. She says these public announcements let donors know exactly where their money goes when they give.
For KSMU News, I’m Rebekah Clark.