School-Based Prevention, Intervention, and Resource Initiative
In 2002, the Missouri Department of Mental Health's (DMH) Division of Behavioral Health (DBH) launched the School-based Prevention Intervention and Resources Initiative (SPIRIT). This project proposes to delay the onset and decrease the use of substances, improve overall school performance, and reduce incidents of violence. To achieve these goals, prevention agencies are paired with participating school districts to provide technical assistance in implementing evidence-based substance abuse prevention programming and referral and assessment services as needed. SPIRIT currently operates in four sites serving six school districts across the state, including Carthage R-IX, Knox Co. R-1, New Madrid Co. R-1, Ritenour, Charleston R-1, and Scotland Co. R-1. The project offers a variety of evidence-based prevention programs selected by the districts.