1. COVID_Resources
    "Reopening" Does Not Mean The Pandemic Is Over!
    We will continue to update our website's COVID-19 Resources section as we become aware of information that we believe might assist you and/or your organization. When we complete updates will post links on social media, so please follow us on Facebook and Twitter

    » COVID-19 Resources

    Latest Updates: May 23 Food Distibution • Testing Options  Mental Health Distress Hotline • "Street Sheet" Resources • COMBAT Agency Updates

    » 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

    » Law Enforcement School-Based Programs
Community Backed Anti-Drug Anti-Crime Anti-Violence Tax
  1. COVID Stress

    COVID-19 Distress Helpline

    The Missouri Department of Mental Health has created a Disaster Distress Helpline.

    Phone: 800-985-5990
    Text: "TalkWithus" To 66746

    The toll-free Disaster Distress Helpline (available 24-7) can provide immediate counseling to anyone who needs help dealing with the aftermath of a traumatic incident. This is a free, confidentia, and multilingual crisis support service. Callers and texters are connected to trained and caring professionals from crisis counseling centers in the network. The Helpline staff provides confidential counseling, referrals, and other needed support services.
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  1. Sisters In Christ Update

    Facing Challenges &
    Expressing Gratitude

    Sisters In Christ
    “To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.” Gardening is but one way the Sisters In Christ have been helping their clients cope with the anxiety of the COVID-19 crisis, while continuing on their path to recovery. The organization’s executive director, Carolyn Whitney, expressed her gratitude to COMBAT and other partners for their ongoing support as  the Sisters In Christ and other COMBAT-funded agencies move into May. 
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  1. Census Reminder

    Taking The Census
    Only Takes Minutes

    Results Have Decade-Long Impact
    The Census Bureau has sent postcards to households all across the nation as a simple reminder that everyone counts and everyone needs to be counted. The only way to assure you will be counted in the 2020 Census is to respond to the Bureau’s “Shape Your Future” questionnaire—online, over the phone or by mail. It’ll only take you a few minutes, but the Census’ official headcount will have ramifications for our state and community lasting a decade. 
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  1. Mothers In Charge Founder At Homicide Scene

    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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COMBAT Funding Pie Chart

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.

  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.