From day-care centers to all Boone County schools, we offer outreach programs in our local community and to the eastern region of the state.

1. THE MU BRIDGE PROGRAM: SCHOOL-BASED PSYCHIATRY

The MU Bridge program provides psychiatric appointments in Boone County Schools for school-age children who need prompt evaluation and treatment. The mission is to be a state leader in providing school-based psychiatric treatment.

Children in the program will receive an initial psychiatric evaluation with a child psychiatrist and two to three follow-up appointments at no cost to families. The program’s nurses will communicate with parents or guardians and help to coordinate the children’s care. Parent(s) or guardian(s) should accompany their child, or be available by phone, for all Bridge appointments.

After the initial evaluation, if it is determined that a child does not need medication, he or she will be referred to other in-school or outpatient behavioral health programs.

Parents, teachers and providers can contact the school counselors or the Bridge staff directly if they believe a child may benefit from the Bridge Program. Please download the brochure to view the Bridge team contact information.The Bridge psychiatrists and nurses work as team members with school counselors, nurses and other school staff for the benefit of every child in the program.

The MU Bridge Program makes psychiatric treatment more accessible and provides timely appointments. It brings psychiatry into schools to help reduce crises. Children with emotional/behavioral problems will be able to get back on track faster, so that they can learn, socialize and feel better.

2. EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT AND WELLNESS PROGRAMS

We offer wellness programs in our local community, including the System Offering Actions for Resilience in Early Childhood and the Boone County Early Childhood Coalition. Through these programs, funded by the Boone County Children’s Services Board, we work with young children, their parents or care-givers, child-care providers and other community providers of early childhood care to help kids: 

  • Become ready for school
  • Overcome traumatic events 
  • Receive specialized services when needed
  • Reduce problem behaviors

A. System Offering Actions for Resilience in Early Childhood (SOAR)

SOAR consists of two programs — Early Childhood-Positive Behavior Support and Child-Parent Psychotherapy.

1. Early Childhood-Positive Behavior Supports (EC-PBS): EC-PBS combines training and weekly coaching to improve the quality of early childhood program environments in Boone County. This also increases child care providers’ abilities for building relationships with children 12 and under and families, which helps to:

  • Promote school readiness
  • Promote social-emotional development
  • Reduce problem behaviors 

EC-PBS focuses on prevention and instruction for all students in the program, not just those with behavior problems. It also establishes strategies and support for early child care providers, children and families in the development of age-appropriate social skills. EC-PBS provides parenting classes on effective parenting strategies, such as: 

  • The importance of promoting social-emotional health
  • Building positive relationships with their children 
  • Bridging the gap between home and school environments

Our program encourages child care providers to work from a team perspective and demonstrates how to use data to support making decisions. EC-PBS coaches work directly with classroom teachers and administrators weekly, and the developmental coach works directly with classroom teachers and administrators monthly.

For more information, please contact Vicki Davolt.

2. Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP): CPP is designed for children up to age 5 and their parents who have experienced one or more traumatic events. Examples include:

  • A parent suffering from depression or anxiety
  • A sudden death
  • A traumatic medical procedure
  • Experiencing abuse or witnessing domestic violence

CPP is therapy that includes intensive weekly treatment sessions with the parent and child for 32 to 52 weeks (depending on the severity of the trauma). Research has demonstrated that outcomes for families who participate in this treatment include: 

  • Decreased depression and anxiety for parents
  • Children return to their normal developmental path

For more information, please contact Sharai Bradshaw, LMFT.

If you would like more information about any of these programs, please contact the SOAR office at 573-884-6454.

B. Boone County Early Childhood Coalition (BCECC)

The BCECC is a coalition of educators and practitioners in Boone County who value and recognize the importance of supporting the social emotional wellness of children, with the emphasis of the work being in early childhood. The coalition is a space for collaboration between early childhood agencies and provides specific programming. Those programs include Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) and the SWYC Screening Hub.

1. Triple P: Positive Parenting Program is one of the world's most effective parenting programs. With more than 30 years of ongoing research, Triple P is one of the few evidence-based parenting programs. 

  • Supports parents in raising confident, healthy children.
  • Gives parents the practical skills they need to build strong family relationships, manage misbehavior and prevent problems from happening in the first place.
  • Doesn’t tell people how to parent, but rather it gives them simple and practical strategies they can adapt to suit their own values, beliefs and needs.
  • Recognizes that one size doesn't fit all. It's a system that offers increasing levels of support to meet parents' different needs.

As a part of the Triple P program, seminars on positive parenting will be done in the community free of charge. One-on-one parenting sessions for managing challenging behaviors are available at no cost. All parenting resources from Triple P are free for residents of Boone County.

For more information, please contact Catherine Miller, M.Ed.

2. SWYC Screening Hub: Organizations involved in the program will work to increase social-emotional screening in Boone County through training on the Survey of Well-being of Young Children and access to a screening hub and referral matrix. The SWYC is a free, first-level screening tool for children 5 and under. The caregiver fills out the survey, which takes about 10 minutes. It assesses children's well-being within developmental milestones, social-emotional health, autism spectrum disorder and family context. Access to the screening hub will work to:

  • Increase regular social-emotional screening for children 5 and under.
  • Reduce duplication and increase information storage.
  • Increase provider access, knowledge and confidence with making appropriate referrals.

For more information, please contact Hilary Mueller, MSW.

3. Missouri Child Psychiatry Access Project (MO-CPAP)

As many as 25 percent of the nation's youth suffer from clinically significant behavioral health problems, with many children and adolescents remaining untreated or experiencing significant delays before beginning treatment. With 75 percent or more youth receiving behavioral health care from a primary care provider, MO-CPAP is designed to target consultation and educational outreach efforts to PCPs. 

MO-CPAP provides free, same-day expert child psychiatry phone consultation to primary care providers (PCPs) in Missouri's seven-county eastern region. Through consultations, educational opportunities and linkage to help connect patients with referral services, PCPs get support treating behavioral health disorders in children and adolescents.

4. Child Psychiatry ECHO

University of Missouri and Compass Health providers empower and support primary care providers to more effectively treat patients suffering from behavioral health issues. The Child Psychiatry ECHO is an integration of medical, pharmacological and psychological considerations into the treatment of the behavioral health patient.

Primary care providers join an online video conference twice per month for six months for a brief presentation by an expert in child and adolescent behavioral health and a discussion of clinical cases.