A state database unveiled Monday will collect information designed to keep people with mental health problems from having access to guns.
Currently, nearly 200 men are part of the SORTS program, not for what they’ve done but for what they might do in the future.
Gov. Jay Nixon on Wednesday proposed awarding $20 million in grants to Missouri’s colleges and universities to prepare more students for employment in mental health.
The Sandy Hook shootings not only sparked debates about gun control and school security, but also put the spotlight on mental health.
“This study really gives us a more feasible, tangible target and suggests that early interventions that target parenting may be tremendously important,” Dr. Joan Luby explained.
How can prescription medications potentially affect cognitive function or mental well-being in patients, and to what extent could that interaction dictate one’s actions?
According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, nearly 25 percent of suicides in Missouri involve a veteran. That compares to some states, including Illinois, where the rate is as low as seven percent.
Lawmakers have approved legislation allowing the expansion of special courts to handle current and former military personnel.
Locked in a battle with Republican lawmakers over how far to expand Medicaid in Missouri, Democratic Governor Nixon swung through St. Louis to push his plan.
Co-chair of the task force, Judge Richard Tognarelli, says prison just isn’t the place for the mentally ill.