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The COMBAT Symposium centered around making a greater impact, with increased participation in STRiVIN' to focus on two crises, one related to COMBAT’s anti-violence mission and the other its drug abuse prevention mission: gun violence and overdoses.
Jackson County’s anti-crime program—among the first in the nation to not only increase enforcement but also support innovative prevention and treatment programs—got a new name in 1993. COMBAT became COMBAT 30 years ago!
COMBAT supports nearly 100 community progams. The perils of fentanyl and other drugs, combined with increased crime in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, made COMBAT support for Jackson County even more crucial in 2022 and now going into 2023—and beyond.
This innovative COMBAT program allows police and others to make a simple referral that can connect individuals or families to life-changing, maybe even life-saving services. All it takes is checking a few boxes and clicking SUBMIT.
Missouri has "legalized weed," but driving high is still a crime. Keep it legal. Be safe. Driving under the influence—whether the influence is alcohol, marijuana or some other drug—is illegal and always entails potentially fatal risks
An investigation the Jackson County Drug Task Force spearheaded leads to multiple federal charges against a Kansas City man linked to at least three fatal fentanyl overdoses in 2022. Multiple firearms, half-million dollars and drugs seized.
Drug dealers are using fentanyl more and more to manufacture counterfeit pills or to mix with other drugs (like a fentanyl-meth combo distributed in baggies with a "red lips" logo). Fentanyl-related overdose deaths in the KC metro have increased 149%.
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.
Jackson County Drug Task Force plays crucial role in "life-saving" investigation cluminating in 39 defendants being indicted. Nearly half-ton of meth and almost 50 pounds of heroin seized—along with enough fentanyl for literally millions of lethal doses.
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."
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?
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.
This program not only provides referrals to counseling to help survivors deal with emotional issues, but can also facilitate repairs to homes or vehicles damaged during a crime. Doors with bullet holes might even be transformed into artwork.
Prescription pills not obtained from a licensed pharmacy are not only illegal to possess, but can also be extremely dangerous. There’s a good chance those pills are fakes with potentially fatal side effects. Just two milligrams of fentanyl can be lethal.
LBGTQ+ youth are five times more likely than their heterosexual peers to attempt suicide. COMBAT funds ReDiscover’s Show-Me Zero Suicide prevention program that provides services to about 400 youths—nearly a third of whom self-identify as LGBTQ+.
How to apply for funding.
All COMBAT-funded agencies are required to participate in STRiVIN'.
COMBAT funding supports 20 treatment programs throughout Jackson County.
This COMBAT-funded initiative connects individuals and families with social services to assist them with a whole host issues. The objective is to address these issues before the circumstances in these people's lives worsen to point violence might occur.
COMBAT funding supports 20 treatment programs throughout Jackson County. These programs are expected to serve more than 5,400 people in 2023, with treatment options ranging from detoxification and recovery houses, to long-terming counseling.
Get full details about applying for COMBAT funding. Any organization requesting COMBAT funding must have an office in Jackson County and provide services to Jackson County residents in Jackson County. Funding most be approved by the County Legislature.
All COMBAT-funded agencies are required to participate in STRiVIN', which brings together prevention and treatment providers with law enforcement officers, school administrators, social workers and others to seek solutions to problems in neighborhoods.
How do we define "justice"?
Saving lives by pursuing drug traffickers.
Tips solve crimes and can save lives.
COMBAT funding enables the Jackson County Drug Task Force to pursue life-saving investigations that individual police departments would lack the resources to conduct. These investigations help prevent deadly drugs from being sold in our community.
COMBAT supports 11 law Enforcement School-Based Initiatives, serving nearly every community in Jackson County. These programs connect police officers and sheriff deputies with more than 20,000 students a year, with programming that goes beyond DARE.
Tips are essential to solving crimes. The information you provide by all calling Crime Stoppers or the AdHoc Group Against Crime tip lines—or using their online options—could also save lives. You can remain completely anonymous.
Spread the word. Warn those you know and love. The spec on this coin is a letahl dose of fentanyl, the synethic opioid that's 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine and heroin. Dealers are lacing other drugs with fentanyl, including counterfit pills.
How do we define "justice"? COMBAT supports law enforcement in pursuing violent offenders and drug dealers, not only to prosecute them but to save the lives of those they prey on. "Justice" also focuses on getting those with an addiction teatment.
The Jackson County Prosecutor's Office oversees COMBAT's day-to-day operations. The voters of the county, in a 2018 election, had the final say in determining that COMBAT would be placed under the Prosecutor's Office.
Spread the word. Warn those you know and love.
Is someone you know might be contemplating suicide?
Treating all the wounds a gunshot can inflict.
Worried someone you know might be having suicidal thoughts? Ask them—with compassion. Avoid hinting around. Create a safe place to ask, “Are you thinking about taking your own life?” And be prepared to follow up if the response is “yes,” “no” or unclear.
Whether you are using marijuana recreationally or for a medical purpose, driving high is a crime. Keep it legal. Be safe. Driving under the influence—alcohol, marijuana or some other drug—is illegal and always entails potentially fatal risks.
Striving to make every neighborhood safer.
Assistance is available.
STRiVIN' has spread to 5 neighborhoods.
Since being launched in south Kansas City, the Striving To Reduce Violence In Neighborhoods initiative has spread to four other neighborhoods—Northeast and Mid-Town KC, as well as Independence and Raytown. The goal is to make every neighborhood safe.
All COMBAT-funded agencies are required to participate. STRiVIN' brings together these agencies with law enforcement officials, school administrators, elected leaders, social workers, health care professionals and others to seek solutions to problems.
COMBAT collects a tremendous amount of data about the kind of social services people are needing to help deal with issues in their lives. The objective of the program is to get individuals and families assistance before their circumstances worsen.
COMBAT made all the difference.
Get the facts. Spread the word. Warn those you know and love.
COMBAT-funded program focuses on treating all the wounds a bullet can inflict.
STRiVIN' brings prevention and treatment agencies together with others to seek solutions.
COMBAT funding supports 20 different treatment programs throughout Jackson County. These programs are expected to serve more than 5,000 people this year with treatment ranging from detoxification and recovery houses to long-term counseling.
STRiVIN' is COMBAT's initiative to bring together everyone—law enforcement officers, school administrators, prevention agencies, treatment providers, health care professionals, social workers and others—to seek solutions to problems in neighborhoods.
COMBAT made all the difference. "COMBAT didn’t just save my life; it gave me a chance to change my life for the better. I am grateful for that, so I’m going to keep on working on being a better person, helping others and staying on the right path.
Project RISE focuses on treating all the wounds a gunshot can inflict. COMBAT funds the program to provide those treated for gunshot wounds at University Health "psychological first aid" and follow-up care focused on PTSD, including long-term counseling.
Program Address: Child Protection Center, Inc.3101 Broadway Blvd. • Suite 750 • Kansas City, MO 64111
2022 COMBAT Funding: $126,783.00
Program Description — From Child Protection Funding Application