Hello Anna,

Thank you for taking the time to explore our newsletter and discover the mental health services offered in St. Charles County.

In 2024, the CCRB and its contracted service providers are dedicated to expanding the range of services available to families and youth in the County. To delve deeper into CCRB-funded services, connect with us on Facebook, LinkedIn, or visit our website for further information.

What's Happening at the CCRB?

I am excited to have officially joined CCRB and become part of its mission. I am humbled by the dedicated work of our funded agencies and their deep impact in the lives of children and families throughout St. Charles County.

My goals in the first 90 days are simple:

• Listen well.

• Learn well.

• Build trust.

This means that I’ll be meeting with our Board, funded agencies, and external stakeholders to ask lots of questions, dig into CCRB’s history, share my background and funding philosophy, and start the important work of developing relationships. I truly look forward to this time!

Thank you to everyone who has already been so generous of your time, insights, and wisdom, especially our amazing CCRB staff. I am excited to work closely with our Board, funded agencies, and the broader community as we continue building and sustaining a comprehensive, collaborative system of mental health and substance use prevention and intervention services for children and families in our community.

The CCRB is currently accepting Concept Papers for new program funding from both current and prospective agency partners. Operating on a fee-for-service reimbursement model, proposed services should aim to enhance overall child wellbeing within the community.

The submission deadline for Concept Papers is May 15.

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Fond Farewell

May 3 marked a significant milestone at the CCRB office as Bruce bid 'adios', taking one more step toward his retirement era. Staff honored him with treats and confetti cannons.

Since its founding, Bruce has been an integral part of the CCRB, leaving an indelible mark on the community that will resonate for generations. His dedication and contributions have shaped the organization's mission and impacted countless lives, embodying the spirit of service and commitment.

CCRB Services Spotlight

Safe Families for Children extends community support by hosting vulnerable children and strengthening their families through a network of volunteers motivated by compassion.

Impact: 100% of parents improved their parenting skills during a 12-month period.

The Building Blocks program provides educational, therapeutic, and behavioral supports to children ages 18 months to 3 years who have been diagnosed with a developmental delay, disability, behavior disorder, and/or Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Impact: 92% of children participated in 75% of group activities, after 3 months of services.

Mental Health News

It’s Okay to Not Be Okay: Tips and Resources for Mental Health Awareness Month

By: Anita Everett, M.D. DFAPA, Director of the Center for Mental Health Services

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, a good reminder to focus on the importance of mental health and its impact on our well-being. Mental health conditions can affect anyone, regardless of gender, age, race, ethnicity, or income level. Recent data help underscore that our nation is facing an unprecedented mental health crisis among people of all ages and backgrounds, including young children and older adults. To put this into perspective, if you were standing in a room full of people, at least one out of every five of those people likely experienced anxiety, depression, or other mental health conditions in the last year.

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 Feelings Detective with Elmo and Friends

Source: Sesame Workshop

Children need grown-ups’ support to understand feelings — their own and those of others. They’re beginning to recognize that how someone feels on the inside often shows on the outside. By starting early, we help children to:  

  • Express and label their feelings in a healthy way, using an ever-growing list of “feelings words.” Words have power!  
  • Build a stronger understanding of how their emotions are felt in their bodies. 
  • Notice others’ body and face and look for clues that show how the person is feeling. 

Share this video with children and try playing your own version of the game with different feelings. Here's a Printable Page for playing along with kids.

Community Resources

The CCRB's service providers offer support groups, training classes, and other opportunities to learn about mental health conditions, LGBTQIA+ resources, parenting education and other topics.


Save the Date: August 15 for the CSS

The Community Services Summit is a collaborative training at which educators, social workers, first responders, health/mental health professionals and others serving children and families attain information about issues affecting our community and the local resources available to help. CEUs are availablefor professionals.

Each year, the Summit draws nearly 500 professionals to participate in the Summit, learning about issues including substance abuse, suicide prevention, trauma informed, human trafficking, homelessness, child abuse, therapies and interventions and more.

Along with expert-led, skill-building workshops, Summit participants receive beneficial information from health and human service providers in our extensive Resource Hall.

​The Community Services Summit provides professionals valuable resources and information on the topics most critical to working with children and families today.

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Co-Parenting Education at Kids In The Middle

Kids In The Middle offers COPE, a specialized education course for parents in the process of separation, divorce, modification, and otherwise unmarried parents of minor children who come before the courts in need of educational tools and knowledge. KITM’s COPE class has been designed to assist parents in understanding the effects of family changes on their child(ren), as well as keep the child(ren) from being put “in the middle” of parental conflict. This class meets state and local requirements for a one-time, two-hour mandated class per Missouri Revised Statue 452.600. Register here.

The COPE program focuses on the physical, emotional, and legal impact of separation and divorce on parents and children.

Co-Parenting Resources

Immersive Summer Camps

🌟 Embrace Peace, Spread Love, and Groove Towards Great Futures at Peace Love Great Futures Summer Camp! 🌟

Join us for an extraordinary journey filled with laughter, learning, and lifelong memories at 2024 Peace Love Great Futures Summer Camp! Located at our St. Charles Unit and O'Fallon Unit, our camp offers 9 weeks of non-stop excitement for youth aged 6-18.

Exclusive Offer: Register by April 1st and receive $25 off per child for one week of camp! Don't miss this opportunity to save on the summer of a lifetime.

Make this summer unforgettable as you Embrace Peace, Spread Love, and Groove Towards Great Futures with Peace Love Great Futures Summer Camp. Enroll now and embark on an adventure you'll cherish forever!

Register Here

Want to make your child's summer unforgettable? United Services for Children has the perfect solution! The 2024 Summer Camp program features exciting and enriching activities tailored to your little one's needs and interests. Camps are full of immersive programs catering to children aged 2 1/2 to 8, offering speech and vocabulary enhancement, occupational therapy, and social skills development. It's all about fun, growth, and joyful summer memories!

Visit our website for more information on each of our camps.

  • Speech Phonology Camp (Age 3 1/2-5)
  • Vcabulary Camp (Age 2 1/2-4)
  • Let's Get Moving! (Age 2 1/2-4)
  • Sensory Play With Food (Age 3 1/2-5)
  • Handwriting Helpers (Age 5 1/2-7)
  • ABA Social Skills (Age 4-8)

To register, contact Simone Walker at or call (636)-926-2700. 

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This in-person training teaches attendees how to use data through hands-on exercises, demonstrations, data communications practice, and other methods. Attendees will gain fundamental skills in finding, manipulating, visualizing, and communicating data!

The training will benefit professionals from community nonprofits, utilities, chambers of commerce, public sector, economic development organizations, workforce boards, associations, and higher education institutions. Spots are limited.

Enhance your ability to:

Find sources of data and manipulate downloaded data in Excel.

Create effective and professional data visualizations.

Communicate data effectively in presentations.

Utilize data for grant writing and/or grant reporting.

Friday, June 27th from 8am-4pm in Columbia, MO

Cost: $450

Continuing Education: Digital Badge and Certificate

Partners: MU Extension Exceed – Regional Economic and Entrepreneurial Development Program

Click Here to Register
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MINDREACH for Mental Health

The CCRB launched MINDREACH, a mobile phone app that combines self-assessments, access to mental health hotlines, definitions, parent support, and some fun into a single location. Developed for youth in grades 5 to 12 living in St. Charles County, this FREE app bridges the gap between technology and existing mental health resources. Find it on your system App store. It's compatible with Apple and Android devices.

Important Dates


  • 5/15 - 2025 CCRB 2025 Funding Cycle Concept Papers due
  • 5/20 - CCRB Board Meeting, 8 AM, Location: Community Living, Inc. Family Center, 107 Sheirff Dierker Court, O'Fallon


  • 6/1 - 2025 CCRB 2025 Funding Cycle Application opens
  • 6/5 - St. Charles County System of Care, 9 AM, United Services for Children, St. Charles
  • 6/24 - CCRB Board Meeting, 8 AM, Location: Preferred Family Healthcare, 2120 Parkway Drive, St. Peters

News from the Field

Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Charles County is thrilled to announce the resounding success of their O'Fallon Unit Birthday Bash event held on Saturday, April 13th, 2024. This milestone celebration marked 30 years of unwavering dedication to serving and empowering the youth of our community.

With over 180 enthusiastic attendees and an incredible 120 hours volunteered, the O'Fallon Unit Birthday Bash was a true testament to the spirit of our community. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to Representative Dave Hinman (MO District #113) and all our esteemed guests for their support and recognition.

Special thanks go to the following organizations for their invaluable assistance and contributions: Bubble Bus, DJ Dr. Draper, First Baptist Church O'Fallon, Grill Master Tony's BBQ, Harvester Christian Church, Kona Ice, Life Church, O'Fallon Fire Department, O'Fallon Kiwanis, O'Fallon Police Department, Puma, St. Charles County Ambulance District, St. John's United Church of Christ, Straight Bones BBQ, and Youth In Need.

Their unwavering support helped make the Birthday Bash a memorable and impactful event.

For more information about Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Charles County and upcoming events, please visit or contact Aleisha Mulnix at 636-688-8553 or

June 1 - 15, 2024


Missourians are encouraged to participate in Show Me Neighborhood Art Week by creating art in front of their residence or shared neighborhood space using materials available at home. Examples include yard sculptures, chalk art projects, painted stones, murals, etc. This outreach effort by University of Missouri Extension and Creating Whole Communities seeks to empower Missourians' public art, creating a stronger sense of "place" wherever they live.


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The CCRB is dedicated to maximizing community resources to build and sustain a comprehensive system of services for children and families in St. Charles County. We accomplish this by allocating a sales tax fund to mental health and substance use treatment service provides. The CCRB is proud to administer these funds, ensuring our youth and their families have the resources they need to realize a brighter tomorrow.

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