Places for People’s Show Me Hope St. Louis County program was recently recognized by the Missouri Department of Mental Health for its efforts the past year.
Places for People’s Show Me Hope program provided crisis counseling from February 2016 until February 2017 to residents of St. Louis County impacted by the winter floods of 2015. The project was funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency – first with a short-term grant and later a nine-month extension.
“I want to congratulate you on work well done. I continue to be amazed by the good work and the dedication of each one of the people that you guys have hired did over the course of a year,” Show Me Hope Project Director John Heckemeyer of the Missouri Department of Mental Health said in the recognition ceremony.
Places for People was one of three organizations to provide crisis counseling through the Show Me Hope program. Crider Health Center served St. Charles, Franklin and Lincoln counties, and COMTREA served Jefferson County.
Overall, the three providers facilitated 2,000 individual crisis counseling sessions with people impacted by the floods, and had 6,000 more brief encounters. Places for People’s counselors conducted 1,000 individual counseling sessions with St. Louis County residents.
During the recognition ceremony, Coordinator of Disaster Services at the Missouri Department of Mental Health Joan Keenan thanked the Show Me Hope counselors for their work, telling them “I know it is incredibly difficult work, and it takes a big heart, and a lot of energy and dedication every day.”
Places for People Co-Clinical Director Scott Bayliff, who served as Places for People’s Show Me Hope Program Manager in addition to his regular duties, thanked the counselors for their service. “We were very fortunate that you all had interest in Places for People and this project,” he said.
Places for People’s Show Me Hope team, which included 16 counselors, ended its services on January 31. Anyone impacted by the floods who is still in need of behavioral health support should contact the BHR crisis line at 1-800-811-4760.