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Oct. 31, 2011ST. JOSEPH, MO |  By: Wayman

Health Help Strategy

Several agencies in our region will be among the first in the nation to try a new approach for caring with people with both mental and physical health disorders.

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid has selected the state of Missouri to pilot a new model of care for people with the co-occurring conditions. In our region participating agencies are in St. Joseph, Trenton, and Kirksville. Tom Cranshaw is head of Tri-County Mental Health and says mental health centers will have more comprehensive oversight of patients.

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Officials say people with mental and substance abuse disorders are more likely to have complex, chronic health problems compared to the rest of the population.