JOPLIN, Mo. - A U.S. senator stops in Joplin to talk about a new approach to treating mental and behavioral health.
Senator Roy Blunt (R) spoke at the Ozark Center about extending a pilot project to offer mental and behavioral health services in much the same way other healthcare is available.
Missouri is one of eight states trying the new approach.
If successful, the new bill would increase the total to 19 states and extend the project by another year.
Sen. Blunt said, "I think what we're going to find is that any state that starts down this path is not going to go back to the way it used to be. Uh and I think we'll see that pretty soon in our state."
Blunt points to experts who predict successful treatment of mental and behavioral health will help reduce costs in other areas of healthcare.