Tri-County Mental Health Services offering behavioral health services for the Kansas City Northland community. Prevention, assessment and treatment services for individuals and families throughout Clay, Platte and Ray counties of Missouri.


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"The research shows a correlation between trauma and physical health problems, mental illness and emotional problems, social problems and poor life expectancy. Trauma shapes a person’s basic beliefs about identity, world view and spirituality."

— Lori Byl

Grant Promotes New Treatment Throughout the Northland

A recent grant to Tri-County Mental Health Services will strengthen efforts to address trauma impacting children and adults in Clay, Platte and Ray counties.

Awarded by the Liberty Hospital Foundation, the $10,000 LiveWell Grant will support Tri-County’s Trauma Informed Care initiative throughout the Northland. It’s a relatively focused step that could have major implications.

“We’ve learned that trauma impacts nearly everyone we see,” explained Lori Byl, director of Tri-County’s Adult and Community Psychiatric Rehab Programs. “It can involve obvious trauma from childhood or something more subtle, including during adulthood. By being aware of the trauma someone has experienced, it can make a great difference in our approach and understanding of each other’s needs.”

In 2015, Tri-County was chosen to participate in a statewide Trauma Informed Learning Collaborative through the Department of Mental Health. The initiative was designed to increase the effectiveness of services by increasing the awareness of trauma.

Byl noted an “adverse childhood experiences” study that consistently showed an almost unbelievable impact by trauma on both mental and physical health. “The research shows a correlation between trauma and physical health problems, mental illness and emotional problems, social problems and poor life expectancy,” she said. “Trauma shapes a person’s basic beliefs about identity, world view and spirituality.”

The grant effort will extend well beyond Tri-County. “We’re working to increase the understanding and awareness of trauma with the clients we serve, our staff and our Northland community,” she said. Tri-County’s first efforts involved trauma awareness education to all staff members and their network providers.

“This funding helps Tri-County make a greater impact on the Northland community so that more people become aware,” Byl concluded. “If we all work together, if we are being trauma sensitive and utilizing trauma aware practices, we can make a difference. Especially with our young people, who might be experiencing trauma at a young age, they may be able to avoid some negative outcomes that would affect their lives.”

Tri-County Mental Health Services, Inc. is a private, not-for-profit community mental health agency delivering behavioral health-care to individuals and families residing in Clay, Platte and Ray counties. Each year, Tri-County programs assist nearly 8,000 area residents while providing prevention services to over 40,000 individuals in concert with some 500 community volunteers.

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