Caring for Kids - August 2020
Mental Health Services
Impacts County Youth
    The CCRB has used local sales tax dollars to fund mental health services and invest in the future of our youth; impacting 70,000 thousand children and their families each year.  It's easy to look at numbers and say "Good Job," but what does this funding mean to our children? Our funded agencies have shared with us two stories about the difference CCRB funding is supporting our county's youngest residents.
      Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri is committed to providing uninterrupted support for the young people (“Littles”), families, and volunteer mentors (“Bigs”) we serve. Stacy Schnell, Relationship Specialist, recently shared the following story:
     Big Sister Renee has stayed in touch with her Little Sister, Johnna, throughout the entire pandemic (see photo.) Renee and Johnna talk on FaceTime, have phone calls, and send each other videos throughout the month. Renee, a teacher, dropped off a care package for Johnna, including fun workbooks, baking mixes, and more. She even celebrated Easter by hiding eggs in Johnna’s yard for a surprise egg hunt! Renee and Johnna can't wait to see each other again in person!
    Four year old Addison entered foster care in St. Charles due to extreme neglect and isolation. She shuffled between three different foster homes before her aunt was able to get temporary custody as a relative foster parent. Her aunt and uncle quickly became overwhelmed by Addison’s trauma behaviors, which included screaming, physical tantrums, inability to sleep, and demanding attention but immediately withdrawing from comfort. They called the Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition for help.
     The Family Works specialists immediately got involved, creating a safety plan for the next 90 days and helping coordinate the practical, concrete support the family needs to keep Addison in the home while they work through her trauma. Already, there are glimmers of hope. Colleen, the Family Works Specialist, is working with Addison’s aunt and uncle on building empathy, acknowledging their grief and guilt about her mother, and encouraging them to find practical ways to bond with Addison and to break past her resistance to the nurturing relationships she needs but is so unfamiliar with.
Big Sister and Little Sister
2021 CRB Core Services Applications for Funding are available at The deadline for applications is September 11, 2020 at 2:00 p.m.
The 2021 funding priorities are:
  • Counseling, Testing and Evaluation Services
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Home and Community-Based Services
  • School-Based Prevention
Courage2Report a New App for Reporting Bullying Incidents
The Missouri School Violence Hotline (SVH) began in October of 2001. In 2019, through the Missouri School Safety Initiative, the reporting mechanism moved to the Missouri Information Analysis Center for 24/7 operation and was named Courage2ReportMO. The goal is to make schools safer by helping school districts and law enforcement learn about school violence as soon as possible. Courage2ReportMO takes CONFIDENTIAL reports involving any public or private school in Missouri with students in Pre-K through 12th grade. Reports are taken 24/7; call 1-866-748-7047, toll-free or download the mobile app.
What should be reported?
Any threat to life that happens on school property or the school bus should be reported to C2R. This may include:
  • Assault - Physical
  • Sexual Offense
  • Weapons
  • Human Trafficking
  • Planned School Attack
  • School Shooting
  • Planned Suicide
  • Terrorism Threat-Extremism
What happens after I make a report?
All reports are gathered from the reporter and entered into a centralized database. This information is then immediately disseminated to the school and law enforcement with jurisdiction. Officials with the school and law enforcement will then determine how to appropriately handle each report.

Source: MO Courage2Report,
Spotlight: Molly Dempsey, 
CCRB Vice Chair
Molly Dempsey is the Community Relations Manager for St. Charles County Government and was appointed to the Board in 2015. “It’s truly been eye-opening to see what a great support system we have right here in our county to help families," Molly said in regards to joining the CCRB.
Molly is deeply involved in the community and is currently Secretary for the St. Charles City-County Library Foundation.  Molly holds a bachelor's in Marketing from Rockhurst University.  She and her husband, Tom, have three children and have lived in St. Charles County since 1991.
To learn more about NAMI St. Louis and to register for support groups, visit NAMI St. Louis or call 314-962-4670.
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News from the Field
The CCRB funds 49 mental health programs delivered by 32 partner agencies serving St. Charles County. This feature will share news from our agency partners.
  • Bethany Christian Services has expanded their partnership with The Saint Louis Crisis Nursery and BCS is actively recruiting more host families. When parents are going through a crisis, host families temporarily welcome their children into their home through the Safe Families for Children ministry - allowing the parents to take essential steps toward stability. The next volunteer information meeting is scheduled for September 8th. Contact Madison Witte at for more information.
  • The Child Center reports whether school is virtual, in-person, or at home – there are ways that we can support and protect our children as we transition into this school year 1.) Create a safe environment for children and teens to ask questions and share experiences. (Questions to Ask Your Child for More Communication) 2.) Set the parental controls on devices and talk to your child about safe internet usage. For details and information on popular apps, predator tactics, and internet tips, sign up for a free The Child Center Internet Safety Program. 3.) Back to School pictures are adorable, but be cautious in what you post. A simple photo of your child getting on the bus can tell a perpetrator things like what your child looks like, what bus they ride, what school they go to, and their schedule. 
  • The Community Council of St. Charles County's Coordinated Entry system has assisted 68 households with temporary housing in various motels between St Charles, Lincoln and Warren Counties; of the 98 individuals, 11 were children under the age of 20. A total of 361 individuals received some type of support during their stay in housing shelters, including medical follow ups; food deliveries multiple times a week; COVID testing; and Case management. 
  • Community Living is happy to announce their Respite Center has reopened after a 3-month closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The closure was a huge challenge for the families they serve. The Respite Center is open with limited capacity and families are again able to enjoy a weekend of peace and reduced stress. Client caretakers report, "Our entire family, including our special needs son, looks forward to his respite weekends! He's excited and we are too! It gives our family peace we cannot get anywhere else!"
  • Compass Health Network remains open and ready to serve. Our St. Peters Express Care is open daily, Monday – Friday and is equipped to provide Covid-19 testing; our facility is located at 8075 Mexico Road. Our Disaster Access Crisis Hotline is available for our community members to call for crisis support (888-237-4567). St. Charles locations are open and available for walk-in behavioral health assessments – services provided by virtual platforms only. Spanish-language services are available.
  • NAMI St. Louis extended their HelpLine hours to 9am-5pm, 7 days a week to answer questions or just have a friendly person to talk with. Call 314-962-4670 or email  All of their free mental health programs, including Family to Family, Basics, Ending the Silence presentations and support groups, have transitioned to virtual online sessions. The weekly schedule is available at
  • Our Lady's Inn is proud to announce Kaitlyn Ashen has been appointed as Child Advocate and Stephanie Griggs has joined the team as a Case Manager. New to the OLI-St. Charles team is Ellen Durnbaugh who transferred from OLI-St Louis to serve as Case Manager.
  • Youth In Need has Telehealth Counseling appointments available. Don’t let the COVID-19 health crisis keep you from getting the help you need. Youth In Need’s therapists are available for free and confidential virtual mental health counseling appointments. Services are for youth, ages 5 to 24, and can help with relationship conflicts, depression, risky behaviors, divorce, grief and loss, self-esteem, decision-making, anger management and trauma. Call 636-946-0101 in St. Charles County.
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2440 Executive Drive, Suite 214
Saint Charles, MO 63303
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