Heartland Center Tackles Violence in KC Metro

Heartland Center is currently involved in two projects aimed at reducing violence in Kansas City and Jackson County.

NoVA

The first project is the Kansas City No-Violence Alliance (NoVA), a violence-reduction effort funded by the U.S. Department of Justice. Clearly, one of the predictors of violence is the use of drugs by perpetrators of violence. Recently, NoVA has teamed up with Heartland Center to work on eliminating or reducing the use of drugs by individuals targeted for the NoVA project.

Individuals identified by the Jackson County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office as candidates for the NoVA project will be referred to Heartland Center for intake, assessment and enrollment in treatment. Already, two clients referred by the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office are engaged and expressing appreciation for the services provided by Heartland Center.

COMBAT

The second anti-violence initiative addresses violence in Jackson County, and is funded by COMBAT. Various agencies in the community were selected to provide targeted services ranging from addressing bullying in schools to reducing the likelihood of violence in families. Heartland Center has been chosen to work with adult men who are under the supervision of state Probation and Parole or Drug Court. Identified individuals will participate in a 12-week program using a combination of cognitive-behavioral and psychodynamic curriculum. Heartland Center’s goal is to reach 135 men during the year in both Kansas City and Independence.