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 use prevention programming and referral and assessment services as needed. SPIRIT currently operates in four sites serving nine school districts across the state, including Carthage R-IX, Greenwood Laboratory School, Knox Co. R-1, Scotland Co. R-1, South Shelby, Macon, New Madrid Co. R-1, East Prairie, and Ritenour. The project offers a variety of evidence-based prevention programs selected by the districts.

SPIRIT Partners