COVID-19 Resources
"Reopening" Does Not Mean The Pandemic Is Over!
We've added this section to our website to provide resources that might assist you and/or your organization during this Coronavirus pandemic. We are including information from reliable sources and will do our best to keep informaiton updated. However, be aware that most of the services here are being offered by federal, state and local agencies or other organizations, not COMBAT. Therefore, we might be unaware of any changes made. » CLICK ON THE BUTTONS BELOW

Contact: Joe Loudon • COMBAT Communications Administrator • jloudon@jacksongov.org • 816-881-4337

Latest Updates

  1. Food Distribution May 23


    Harvesters is holding a food distribution event Saturday, May 23 at Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church in Kansas City. Starts at 10 a.m. » FULL DETAILS

    COVID TESTING


    Truman Medical Center and the Kansas City Health Department both have COVID-19 testing options available for May 21 and May 22.  » FULL DETAILS

    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

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COMBAT News

  1. May 12, 2020

    Still Able To Put Together The Conflict-Resoultion Pieces

    CCR: Putting Together The Conflict-Resolution PiecesThe Center for Confliction Resolution (CCR) has continued to put the pieces together, finding resolutions for conflicts, despite the COVID-19 crisis. Normally, CCR arranges for people with disputes to meet and “make a human connection,” then hopefully settle their differences with a handshake. The pandemic has forced CCR to find a new approach. The Center’s mediators are using technology to allow people to continue meeting face-to-face—even while miles apart—and, true to CCR’s name, eventually resolve their conflict peacefully. 
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  2. May 7, 2020

    Facing Challenges & Expressing Gratitude

    Sisters In Christ Update“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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  3. April 30, 2020

    Taking The Census Only Takes Minutes

    Census Results Have Decade-Long Ramifications
    Census ReminderThe 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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  4. April 20, 2020

    'Justice For All' Includes Respecting Crime Victims' Rights

    Justice For AllVince Ortega • COMBAT Director
    The presumption of innocence—the fact a defendant needn’t prove they did not commit a crime—is paramount in our legal system. But we can’t truly have “justice for all” unless we assure victims’ rights are also respected and protected and legally guaranteed. It's vital having victims' rights laws on the books. Just as essential as following the letter of the law, I believe, is sincerely treating each and every victim with compassion. 
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  5. April 15, 2020

    State Auditor Releases COMBAT Report

    State_AuditWe welcome today’s state audit report on COMBAT. The Prosecutor's Office and the COMBAT Director have worked to improve the administration of COMBAT since it was transferred back to the Prosecutor in late 2018, including the implementation of the previously released BKD audit recommendations. We will also work diligently to implement the State Audit findings
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  6. April 14, 2020

    Homicide Victims' Families & Violent Crime Survivors Still Need Support

    Mothers In Charge Founder At Homicide SceneKC 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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  7. April 5, 2020

    Recovery Is Possible, Evening During A Pandemic

    Welcome House President/CEO Jamie BoyleSubstance Use Disorder treatment remains just as essential as treatments for other serious illnesses like cancer or kidney disease—treatments that can’t simply be put on hold even during the COVID-19 crisis. Welcome House President/CEO Jamie Boyle gives us a first-person account of how his treatment facility is continuing to provide services, while taking precautions to protect its 60 residents—men “taking their first steps into sobriety”—and coping with mounting emergency expenses. 
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  8. Continual Updates

    CoronavirusCOMBAT Agencies Making Adjustments In Response To Pandemic

     
    COMBAT funds nearly 100 programs throughout Jackson County that offer prevention and treatment services. We will be posting changes those agencies are having to make in response to the Coronavirus pandemic as they are reported to us. Some agencies have closed their physical locations, but are continuing to try and deliver services via the phone or through online options like Zoom. 
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  9. March 31, 2020

    April 1 Is Census Day—No Fooling


    2020 Census Day
    Looking for something you can do safely during this period of social distancing? Take a few minutes to take the Census. And make sure you get counted! By Wednesday, April 1 every household in America should have received an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. April 1 is also the day that really counts because when taking the Census you'll be asked where you lived as of April 1, 2020 and how many other people lived in your household.
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  10. March 19, 2020

    Pandemic Poses Unique Challenges For Treatment Facilities


    Healing House Packedd Community CenterDespite the COVID-19 pandemic, COMBAT-funded treatment agencies are continuing to serve their clients the best they can under difficult circumstances. The global public health crisis poses unique challenges for all these agencies, but especially those operating residential facilities or recovery houses—places where practicing “social distancing” isn’t necessarily easy and runs counter to addressing the social isolation many people with a substance use disorder (SUD) can feel.
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