Nixon announces $2M grant for Joplin

Nixon announces $2M grant for Joplin

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In this photo taken Tuesday, June 14, 2011, Jennifer Kirby looks at the tornado ravaged remains of the Ozark Autism Center where she is clinical director in Joplin, Mo. The school was destroyed by an EF5 tornado that wiped out much of the community last month. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

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Associated Press

Posted on July 6, 2011 at 11:50 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 6 at 1:40 PM

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri is allocating $2 million for a trauma center in Joplin that will provide mental health services for children and families affected by the May tornado.
  
Gov. Jay Nixon said Wednesday in a statement that six organizations are partnering to launch the Joplin Child Trauma Treatment Center.
  
The center will focus on training personnel at schools and other organizations to identify children experiencing trauma from the May 22 tornado, which killed more than 150 people, injured hundreds of others and destroyed thousands of homes and businesses.
  
Personnel will also specialize in mental health treatment and services for children and families in need.
  
Until the trauma center opens, adults who know of a child needing mental health services should contact the Ozark Center at (417) 347-7600.
  
(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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