COMBAT FUNDING APPLICATIONS NOW BEING ACCEPTED
COMBAT is now accepting applications for 2021 funding. Funding applications are available in four separate categories: 1) Violence Prevention; 2) Substance Abuse Prevention; 3) Substance Use Disorder Treatment; 4) Law Enforcement School-Based Initiative. New This Year: Applications can only be submitted using the new online forms that can be accessed through this website’s Form Center. Deadline: Forms must be submitted by 4:00 p.m., September 1, 2020. » FULL DETAILS & APPLICATION LINKS
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Child Abuse & COVID-19—Two Public Heatlh CrisesReports to Missouri’s child abuse hotline dropped more than 50% in March. That was an ominous sign. With children in isolation after schools closed due to the COVID-19 public health crisis, teachers and other mandatory reporters could no longer watch over them and look for signs of abuse—signs, if spotted, they’d be required to report. If anything, the decrease in hotline calls sent off alarm bells. And in June the Child Protection Center experienced a surged in calls for its staff to interview victims—to acquire the statements the police needed to make arrests. CPC began seeing cases of abuse “much more egregious” than before the pandemic.
Let Freedom Ring
On Juneteenth—And Everyday
Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery in this country. However, while the Emancipation Proclamation freed the slaves and the 13th Amendment to the Constitution officially abolished slavery in America, neither, of course, ended racist oppression. Calls for Juneteenth to become a federal holiday are being made to not only recognize slavery’s unsavory role in building America, but to also acknowledge racism’s ongoing impact on the lives of African Americans today.» MORE
Victims' Families & Violent Crime Survivors Still Need Support
KC Mothers In Charge Founder Rosilyn Temple would—normally—be among the first to arrive at a Kansas City homicide scene, soon after the police, to offer crisis counseling and other support for the victim’s surviving family members. But the novel coronavirus pandemic has forced Mothers In Charge and the AdHoc Group Against Crime to do the best they can, virtually and over the phone, to continue providing crime victim support services from a safe distance.
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Half Toward Enforcement
COMBAT is supported through a quarter-center sales tax that Jackson County voters first approved in 1989 and have since renewed multiple times—the last time being in 2016 when they voted (with record 77% support) extending the COMBAT text another nine years.
The tax generates more than $20 million a year to support prevention, treatment and anti-violence programs. The County Legislature approved a forumlar to distribute the funding, with half the revenue going toward law enforcement efforts.
A quarter-cent sales tax equates to an extra 25 cents per $100 spend. An estimated 30% of COMBAT revenue is generated by non-Jackson County resident paying the tax when shopping in the county.
Initiative Focuses On Need For Joint Effort To Reduce Violence In Neighborhoods
This COMBAT initiative brings together school administrators, police officers, elected officials, mental health professionals, social workers, faith-based leaders and concerned citizens to address violence in Jackson County’s most vulnerable neighborhoods.
With a focus on developing a collaborative, comprehensive and coordinated plan in each “hot spot,” STRIVIN’ recognizes that no one individual or single agency can “save a neighborhood.” It takes working together—striving together—to make any neighborhood a safe place to call home.