Burrell Behavioral Health

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Springfield has lost a healthcare leader and advocate for the mentally ill.

Dr. Todd Schaible, president and CEO of Burrell Behavioral Health, passed away over the weekend following a fall at his home last week. He was appointed Burrell’s CEO at its beginning in 1977 and was the organization’s leader for nearly 40 years.

Sen. Roy Blunt
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U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (R-Missouri) is continuing his push to expand the Excellence in Mental Health Act. Blunt joined law enforcement and mental health officials in Springfield Tuesday to discuss the program.  

“There are 24 states that would like to be the pilot states who, in the properly defined facilities, right kind of staff and 24/7 availability, would make the government, as the payer, treat mental health the same as other health,” Blunt said.

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A conference months in the making will bring together professionals from the fields of mental health, health care, and law on Thursday in Springfield. Dubbed Mental Health, Healthcare, the Law and Ethics Conference, the event is an effort to bridge the gaps between the three professions.

“We’ve all been trained in very different ways and we serve very different purposes but they intersect constantly,” said Crista Hogan, executive director of the Springfield Metropolitan Bar.

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U.S. Senator Roy Blunt met with representatives from a variety of Springfield organizations at Burrell Behavioral Health Tuesday to talk about mental health.

He talked about an opportunity for eight pilot states through the Excellence in Mental Health Act, which he co-sponsored, to establish a model where behavioral health is treated like all other health.

"Federally qualified clinics that offer behavioral health, community mental health clinics more fully integrated in understanding who we are," he said.


Shawna Morris, Vice President for Mental Health Services at Burrell Behavioral Health, talks with Crystal Brigman Mahaney about the available mental health services for our community.

This segment focuses on the Clubhouse model, what it is, how it has developed across the country, and how it will benefit members of the Springfield community.  

Burrell is a nonprofit organization that provides a wide range of mental health services for individuals and families, as well as programs for the community.