Using existing resources has successfully minimized overhead costs, maximized collaboration with other community providers, and stretched county, state and federal funding to serve more people. Currently Tri-County has a site-based staff of less than 100, but with a network of dozens of individual and agency providers, plus more than hundreds of volunteers, Tri-County serves the Northland Community. In fact, this provider network, with counselors, organizations and others located in individual communities, allows Tri-County to greatly expand its reach without a massive organization and provides services in areas from western Platte County to eastern Ray County.
Our strong emphasis on prevention, assessment, education and clinical services has earned the agency a regional and national reputation as a foremost provider of effective behavioral health solutions. The agency is accredited by The Council on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), and has been recognized for the quality of our services.
Tri-County's primary funding is received from contracts with the Missouri Department of Mental Health and the Clay, Platte, Ray Mental Health Board, which administers county funds. Tri-County is designated as the Administrative Agent for the state mental health authority and has been licensed and certified by that agency. It is also designated by the National Institute of Mental Health to provide mandated mental health services for the three counties. In most instances, consumers have low or no income.
At least half of the nearly 9,000 people served annually by Tri-County have a serious mental illness, which includes schizophrenia, manic-depressive disorder, and major depression. Our commitment is to help each individual lead as independent and successful a life as possible. The on-site staff and our provider network coordinate programs and services to help people develop the skills needed to effectively manage their mental illness, live in a safe community environment, achieve a satisfying social life, and obtain and maintain employment.
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