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2018 MISSOURI PUBLIC POLICY PRIORITIES

Cornerstones of Care is dedicated to partnering for safe and healthy communities. We leverage decades of expertise and certification in trauma-informed care to provide a seamless range of quality prevention, treatment and support services to children and families in Missouri and beyond. We strive to effect positive change in our communities, raise awareness and give a stronger voice to those in need, and deliver a fully integrated approach to care.

To Enhance Caring for Children, We Advocate For: 

  • Providing adequate funding — including Medicaid reimbursement — that covers costs and incentivizes excellence in delivery of human services.
  • Expanding public/private partnerships in human services, particularly front end/prevention services outside of investigations, such as those that are family-centered.
  • Exploring how technology and digitization can proactively improve child welfare through greater access to integrated care and services.

To Enhance the Mental Health of Children, We Advocate For:  

  • Funding evidence-based models and interventions such as child abuse prevention programs, including parenting/home visitation and family relationship education programs.
  • Providing public funding for early detection and treatment of children identified with mental or emotional health risks.
  • Funding for needed mental health services to follow children when they are in Children's Division custody.

In Order to Best Serve Children and Families in Missouri, We Support State Procurement Processes That:  

  • Reflect differences in contracting for the delivery of human services from other state procurement.
  • Ensure continuity of care for Missouri's children by minimizing the number of disruptions in care, service and relationships and improving any necessary transitions.
  • Ensure delays in the procurement process are minimized by conducting a fair, transparent and informed process for all parties.
  • Ensure Missouri's children receive the best services first, and other considerations in choosing providers are considered secondarily and/or separately.

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