1. 'Red Lips—Kiss Of Death'

    Overdose DeathsJust a speck of fentanyl—seven hundred thousandths of an ounce (0.00007)—can kill a person, but drug dealers are using the synthetic opioid more and more to manufacture counterfeit pills or to mix it with other drugs (like a fentanyl-meth combo being distributed in baggies with a "red lips" logo). They’re recklessly doing this to increase their profits, with a wanton disregard for the fact fentanyl-related overdose deaths in the Kansas City metro have increased 149%. » ABOUT A 50-50 CHANCE OF GETTING A LETHAL PILL
  1. An Innovative Program Unlike Any Other?

    Raytown Police Officer Lisa BarnettThis innovative COMBAT program allows police and others to make a simple referral that can connect individuals and families to life-changing, maybe even life-saving services. “As police officers, we always want to help people,” says Raytown Police Officer Lisa Barnett, “but we can’t always fix the issues in their lives. We’re responding to the immediate crisis they’re having. We’re going from call to call. With this referral application, we can do something more to help them.” » ‘GREAT IDEA’ PUT INTO ACTION
Community Backed Anti-Crime Tax
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    Improving People's Realities

    The STRIVIN' hub director in Raytown believes better communities start with helping people better their lives. Her organization processes referrals from COMBAT's new social services referral program to identify what an individual's specific needs are. » MORE
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    The Opioid 'Gateway Drugs'

    Prescribed painkillers were the “gateway drugs” that triggered the ongoing opioid crisis. Across America, another 49,860 lives were lost due to opioid overdoses in 2019—a 50.7% increase compared to the 33,091 lives lost in 2015. How did this happen? » MORE
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    Suicide—Talk About It

    Worried someone you know might be silently contemplating suicide? Break the silence. Start a conversation—ask the question—that might save a life. "Asking someone about suicide will not put the idea in their head to attempt suicide. That's a myth." » MORE
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    Project RISE

    Project RISE, a COMBAT-funded program at Truman Medical Center/University Health, focuses on helping gunshot wound survivors make a full recovery, with emphasis on "psychological first aid" and, if needed, long-term care for Post Trauma Stress Disorder. » MORE
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More Than 100 Programs Funded In 2021

» Violence Prevention Programs

• Bullying/Cyber Bullying (14 Programs)• Child Abuse (3 Programs)
• Counseling Services (5 Programs)• Diversion Programs (4 Programs)
• Domestic Violence (18 Programs)• Ex-Offender / Reentry (5 Programs)
• Gang Violence (7 Programs)• Legal Services (1 Program)
• Parenting (14 Programs)• School Attendance/Truancy
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• Sexual Assault (1 Program)• STRIVIN' (7 Programs)
• Suicide Prevention (8 Programs)• Teen-Dating Violence (8 Programs)
• Victim Support (7 Programs)• Youth Employment (15 Programs)

• Other Youth-Oriented (22 Programs)

» Substance Abuse Prevention Programs

» Substance Use Disorder Treatment Programs

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

» Law Enforcement School-Based Programs


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.