Community Backed Anti-Drug Anti-Crime Anti-Violence Tax
  1. COMBAT Commission

    Vacancies Filled On Commission

    3 New Appointments, 3 Reappointments
    Alfred Jordan, Stephanie Burton and Elizabeth Williams have been named new COMBAT Commissioners, filling vacancies created in recent months—one by the passing of Gene Morgan, the other two by resignations. The COMBAT Commission helps set goals for COMBAT’s anti-violence and anti-drug initiatives, in addition to making recommendations to the Jackson County Legislature regarding all requests for COMBAT funding.   
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  1. Martin Luther King

    Listen To Dr. King's Voice—Answer The Call For Peace
    An assassin’s bullet struck down Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. But it failed to silence him. The echo of his voice reverberates through the years. We just need to listen. As we remember—and honor—this great man of peace, we must reject violence and keep his dream alive. We can start  by seeing every human being as a brother and sister—someone to be treated with dignity, respect and compassion—and by committing ourselves to making tomorrow better than today.   
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  1. Disaster Distress Helpline

    Heplines Offering Free Counseling
    As the COVID-19 pandemic continues—with many experts expecting a surge in infections during the fall and winter months—individuals may be facing the loss of not only their health, but also their jobs and homes. With some losing hope, ReDiscover and Show-Me Hope Missouri are teaming up to provide crisis counseling, education and resources in this time of need.  All these services are being provided free and are available anonymously. 
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  1. Just A Speck Of Fentanyl Can Kill You

    Drug Task Force Seizes 3,000 Pills Laced With Fentanyl
    A two milligram dose of fentanyl can be lethal. That’s why the Jackson County Drug Task Force’s seizure of 3,000 pills stamped as OxyContin but laced with fentanyl almost certainly saved lives—and sounded alarms. As COMBAT Director Vince Ortega points out, swallowing a tablet with fentanyl in it “could be every bit as deadly as biting down on a cyanide capsule.” While morphine is 1½ times stronger than oxycodone, the semi-synthetic opioid in OxyContin, fentanyl is 50 to 100 times stronger than morphine. 
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  1. COMBAT-FUNDED PROGRAMS

» Violence Prevention Programs

•  Bullying•  Child Abuse
•  Counseling
•  Diversion Programs
•  Domestic Violence
•  Job Training
•  Legal Services
•  Parenting
•  Re-entry
•  School Attendance
•  Sexual Assault
•  STRIVIN'
•  Victim Support
•  Youth-Oriented

» Substance Abuse Prevention Programs

» Substance Use Disorder Treatment Programs

• Drug Counseling
• Intensive Outpatient
• Partial Hospitalization
• Recovery Houses
• Residential Inpatient

• Drug Counseling • Intensive Outpatient • Partial Hospitalization
• Recovery Houses • Residential Inpatient

» Law Enforcement School-Based Programs

  1. #STRIVINTogether

STRIVING Together To Reduce Violence In Neighborhoods

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.
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