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The boot heel of Missouri has some of the worst health outcomes and poverty in the nation. To address these problems, which are so often connected, SAMHSA and our community partners are taking steps to bring Open Table to this underserved rural area.
Open Table—From Poverty to Community—is a model that trains congregations and their members to form communities called Tables. The Tables transform their vocational and life experiences into tools their “Brothers and Sisters” in poverty can use to develop and implement plans to change their lives.
From SAMHSA's Office of Policy, Planning, and Innovation
An introduction by Jennie Simpson, Ph.D., Office of Policy, Planning, and Innovation, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
While speaking in Milwaukee last year, I met a woman named Maria. Her 31-year-old son, Dontre, had recently been killed in an interaction with law enforcement in a city park—a place he went to get away from the frightening voices he heard in his head. On the day he died, the police had been called to check on Dontre’s well-being after he was seen sleeping in the park. What could have been an opportunity for crisis intervention resulted in a loss of life.