Missouri Addresses Youth Homelessness
Each year, an estimated 4.2 million youth and young adults experience homelessness in the United States

Homeless youth across the nation experience many common systemic challenges. Minors, in particular, are likely to face significant barriers accessing health and mental health services, obtaining government-issued identification cards and birth certificates, and enrolling in school. Homeless youth are also more likely to encounter the juvenile or criminal justice systems. All of these are obstacles to exiting homelessness and achieving a stable living arrangement.

To address some of these challenges, the Missouri General Assembly passed HB 1414 in 2020. This omnibus bill, carried by Representative Sheila Solon (R), passed with bipartisan support. Representative Solon describes the legislation as “one of the most impactful bills” passed in her eight years in the legislature. It was “a bipartisan effort, where we worked together to get it passed and help the children of our state. A big moment for all of us. Everyone was very proud.” 
Celebrate Social Work Month 2021

Social workers have always been essential - and have proved it repeatedly during the pandemic. Take a look to see how.
Erica Collins Takes a Whole-Person Approach to Social Work and Mental Health
Customized Caregiver Training and Relief Program (CCTRP) Provides Support
The Customized Caregiver Training & Relief Program (CCTRP) offers caregivers free care consultations, customized in-home care assessments and training, tools to reduce stress, improve communication, make home-safety improvements, and reimburses up to $700 for qualified respite-related expenses. CCTRP, provided through a grant from Missouri DHSS, incorporates two tracks: Caregiver Training Program and Caregiver Relief Program. Learn more about program benefits and help spread the word about these free services.
The Caregiver Training Program, provided by Memory Care Home Solutions, reduces caregiver stress, improves ability to manage daily caregiving, helps families implement new dementia-care strategies, increases overall confidence and dedication, and helps individuals with dementia remain at home.

Contact an intake specialist at 314.645.6247 or visit MemoryCareHS.org
The Alzheimer’s Association Greater Missouri is offering the Caregiver Relief Program

It includes care plans to address unmet needs, links caregivers to resources, and reimburses for qualified respite expenses up to $700. 

Register Today for these Upcoming Customized Caregiver Training & Relief Program Webinars!
The Missouri Rural Health Association, Memory Care Home Solutions, and Alzheimer's Association of Greater Missouri are hosting a webinar series to provide helpful information about the Customized Caregiver Training and Relief Program. Attendees can expect:
March 17, 2021 - a high-level program overview
March 24, 2021 - details about Memory Care Home Solutions and their success rate with those caring for loved ones with dementia
March 31, 2021 - Alzheimer's Association of Greater Missouri will talk about its care consultations and how to qualify for up to $700 reimbursement for qualified respite expenses
What Older Adults Need to Know About COVID-19 Vaccines
The risk of severe illness from COVID-19 increases with age. This is why CDC recommends that adults 65 years and older are one of the first groups to receive COVID-19 vaccines. You can help protect yourself and the people around you by getting the vaccine when it is available. Studies show that COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective in preventing severe illness from COVID-19. To get a COVID-19 vaccine. 

  • Contact your state or local health department for more information.
  • Ask a family member or friend to help with scheduling an appointment.
  • Ask your doctor, pharmacist, or community health center if they plan to provide vaccines and ask them to let you know when vaccines are available.
Even after getting the COVID-19 vaccine, you should still wear a well-fitting mask that covers your nose and mouth when around others, stay at least 6 feet away from others, avoid crowds and poorly ventilated spaces, and wash your hands often. 
ACA Special Enrollment Period Runs Through May 15
You can enroll in Marketplace health coverage February 15 through May 15 due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) emergency.

You may also still be able to enroll for 2021 any time these two ways: with a Special Enrollment Period or through Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
Rural Health Workforce Conference
Will Be Held Virtually
The Rural Health Workforce Conference (RHWC) will be held April 22-24, 2021 and will now be entirely virtual due to COVID-19. Get event details and purchase virtual tickets: 

En Memoria Amorosa
With Heavy Hearts and Deep Gratitude, We Remember Esteban Saenz

Donations in Esteban's Honor Are Being Accepted