Sen. Roy Blunt

Sen. Roy Blunt
Scott Harvey / KSMU Archives

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.

Sen. Roy Blunt
Scott Harvey / KSMU

In launching his re-election campaign Friday, Senator Roy Blunt says the U.S. Senate should not appoint any nominee to the Supreme Court until after the next president is chosen.

It was among some of the positions he took in announcing his quest for a second term in the Senate and came as part of a 10-stop, two-day tour across Missouri. on Friday afternoon, he stopped at Ozarks Technical Community College in Springfield.

Missouri could be one of the first states in the nation to test a new mental health care program designed to expand access to treatment.

The pilot program was created by the Excellence in Mental Health Care Act, co-sponsored by U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (R-Mo) and signed into law in 2014 as part of a broader Medicare reform measure. It sets quality standards for community mental health centers in participating states and more fully funds treatment for Medicaid patients.

Members of Missouri’s Congressional delegation, dozens of the state’s lawmakers and statewide office holders, plus hundreds of citizens gathered at Fort Leonard Wood Monday to boost the credentials of the Army base and attempt to save it from potential job cuts.

Up to 5,400 civilian and military jobs could be lost by 2020 as part of a broader force reduction plan that would significantly draw down the Army’s personnel. The war-time high of 570,000 could be reduced to as few as 420,000 in five years.

President Obama woke up in Kansas City on Wednesday, rallying support for a growing economy, dreaming of equal pay for his daughters and touting what he called “economic patriotism.”

With just four months before the mid-term elections, Obama called out Congress for fighting him on help for the middle class in a rousing appearance at the Uptown Theatre and later, in a walk down Parkville’s Main Street.

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