School-Based Prevention, Intervention, and Resource Initiative
In 2002, the Missouri Department of Mental Health's (DMH) Division of Behavioral Health (DBH), formerly the Divisions of Alcohol and Drug Abuse and Comprehensive Psychiatric Services, 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. The five school districts participating in the SPIRIT project are Carthage R-IX, Hickman Mills C-1, Ritenour, Knox Co. R-1 and New Madrid Co. R-1 school districts. The project offers a variety of evidence-based prevention programs selected by the districts.