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Contact:

Mission Missouri. 509 Ruth StreetSikeston, MO 63801
Jane Pefferkorn – 573-380-7847 missionmissouri1j@gmail.com

"A FORCE TO BE RECKONED WITH"

Set to Converge on Poplar Bluff June 27-28, 2016

June 14, 2016 – Sikeston, MO: If you or someone you love is seeking recovery from a substance use disorder, this is likely the force you want to be with you. The Missouri Coalition of Recovery Support Providers (MCRSP) is a statewide group of individuals, advocates, community-based agencies and faith-based ministries across Missouri that represents the skeletal structure of recovery services. Some of the specialty services provided by the members include peer coaching, employment assistance, transitional and long-term housing, spiritual counseling, and transportation support. From pop culture icons to individuals throughout our local communities and families, the drama, burdens and challenges associated with substance abuse are all too common, but because of agencies like those in the MCRSP, thousands of people in Missouri gain access to and sustain recovery.

"This is the 2nd annual southeast regional conference," said Jane Pfefferkorn, executive director of Mission Missouri in Sikeston, MO, and secretary to the coalition. "Helping people find and maintain their recovery from substance use disorders is a very important calling, and we [as providers] face many challenges as we work to serve others. The coalition exists to provide strength and support to people who have their boots on the ground doing the day to day work," Pfefferkorn said.

The two-day event which will be held at the Fellowship General Baptist Church in Poplar Bluff, will feature speakers from Jefferson City, Kansas City, Springfield/Joplin, Charleston, MO, and more. Jon Katov from Open Table located in Phoenix, AZ is also a part of the line-up of speakers. The sessions will include training on working with people who are victims of trauma, statewide advocacy and housing resources among other vital topics. The cost to register for the conference is $25.00, which covers both days of the conference and 9.75 contact hours for professionals who are interested in attending the event. Registrants may also exhibit at the conference for no additional registration cost. Sponsors for the conference include Kissinger and Kirkman Investment Centre, LLC; Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market; KC Substance Abuse Treatment and Recovery Support Coalition; Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration; Missouri Department of Corrections; and Missouri Department of Mental Health.

About the MCRSP Coalition

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," Flowers said.