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Moniteau County's Substance Abuse Coalition met last week to continue what has been a work in progress since early this year.

The coalition started prior to the pandemic as the result of a partnership between a number of entities, including Burrell Behavioral Health, Central Missouri Community Action and the Moniteau County Health Department. Last week's meeting marked the first time the group has met since Feb. 18, at its first meeting.

Those present last Wednesday took a thorough look at the group's previous brainstorming efforts and outlined its goals and objectives in detail. The group agreed that its next steps should be to get more people involved and get the word out.

Community members throughout Moniteau County have been enlisted to help brainstorm ideas for advancing the group's goals: increasing prevention efforts, increasing education, promoting drug-free lifestyles and addressing the stigma around substance abuse and mental health in Moniteau County.

In line with the group's goals, its mission is to promote and educate a safe and healthy drug-free lifestyle in Moniteau County for youth and adults.

The coalition is looking for more volunteers to join in its efforts. For more information or to volunteer, contact Vandee Miller with Burrell Behavioral Health at 573-777-7501 or the Moniteau County Health Department at 573-796-3412.

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