Community Partnership of the Ozarks

Communithy Partnership of the Ozarks

The U.S. Census Bureau points to a poverty rate in Springfield Missouri above 25%, and The Every Child Promise, an initiative launched 5 years ago, continues at the forefront of getting disadvantaged Springfield Public School preschoolers ready for kindergarten.  

In January 2014, co-chair Todd Parnell, announced the launch of The Every Child Promise.

The Ozarks Alliance to End Homelessness, Springfield-Greene, Christian and Webster Counties’ Continuum of Care, has been awarded more than a million dollars.

According to the Community Partnership of the Ozarks, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development released the final award announcements for the Fiscal Year 2018 Continuum of Care grant funding opportunity.  The alliance received $1,073,000.

This week on Making Democracy Work, host Lisa Langley speaks with Chris Davis, vice president of prevention and youth support with Community Partnership of the Ozarks.

Today’s discussion looks at opioid misuse and prevention support for youth and adults.

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Free medication disposal packets are being offered by the Community Partnership of the Ozarks.  CPO recently received a donation from the AmerisourceBergen Foundation of 2500 DisposeRx packets, and they’ll be available while they last.  CPO says they are safe and ecologically friendly.

The 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that 6.2 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs. The study shows a majority of them were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.

A new website is a one-stop-shop for Springfield residents to get information in the areas of education, health, housing, jobs, financial security and transportation.

According to the Community Partnership of the Ozarks, which is involved in the effort, the new website,, is up and running.

It has two sections:  One on getting help and the other on becoming more informed.