The Missouri Coalition of Recovery Support Providers (MCRSP) is an association of individuals, advocates and organizations who exist to provide the services needed for individuals and families to find and sustain recovery from substance use disorders. The purpose of the coalition is to provide advocacy support, training resources, networking and development opportunities that further strengthen the network of recovery supports across the state of Missouri. While there are presently 37 organizations making up the coalition, which include regional points of contact in southeast (Sikeston, MO), southwest (Springfield, MO), northwest (Kansas City and Warrensburg, MO) and central (Jefferson City and Paris, MO), the coalition seeks to grow its membership to include more partners and recovery support providers.
"We are working to give a voice to the people who are so vital to delivering recovery support services in Missouri," said Rev. Ladell Flowers, executive director of Dismas House of Kansas City and chair of the Missouri Coalition of Recovery Support Providers. "From infrastructure support to the organizations and leaders, to advocacy on the state and federal levels, without the people who provide recovery supports, thousands of lives would be lost."
"According to the Missouri Department of Mental Health, substance abuse costs our state more than $7 billion each year, with 97% of the costs going to the effects of substance abuse, and only 3% going to fund prevention and treatment. Among that 3%, there are no general revenue dollars allocated to the agencies that provide recovery support services, and that’s a problem we have to address."