November 21, 2022

We're thankful for YOU!

Check out our short video to see what our team is most thankful for this year. Spoiler: It all comes back to people like you who make this work so rewarding. Thank you for your continued support!

Mental Health & Reincarceration

Does investing in mental health resources for offenders reduce reincarceration?

Homelessness, addiction, and mental illness are overrepresented in the incarceration system.

Access to rehabilitation and reentry programs varies between prisons and jails.

Reentry programs for people with mental illness can reduce reincarceration; the efficacy of these programs in MO has not been well studied.



Syringe Access Programs (update)
Alternative Cattle Feed Options
School-to-Prison Pipeline

In the meantime, visit our Science Note Database to check out the 200+ Notes we've published so far!

2022 midterm elections took place on Tuesday, November 8. 

For statewide results, visit the Missouri Secretary of State's website.
For county results, visit your County Clerk's website (e.g., Boone County, Cole County). 

New Missouri Senate majority leader sees ballot initiatives and education as top issues

As majority leader, O’Laughlin will be responsible for deciding which bills receive considered on the floor in 2023. And she’ll play a major role in trying to keep the peace in a GOP caucus whose members haven't always gotten along with each other.

Science Notes: Education, Initiative Petitions

More apartments for homeless people open in north St. Louis, but great need remains

More people who need shelter will be able to find a place to stay, with two apartment buildings catering to homeless people opening in north St. Louis. But hundreds more people without reliable shelter will face dangerous conditions on the streets as colder weather arrives.

Science Note:  Homelessness in Missouri

Kansas is adding court programs that help veterans struggling with trauma and addiction

These courts work by building a support group around veterans, including parole officers, rehab specialists and others who served in the military. Mental health and substance abuse courts exist for members of the general public, though it depends county by county if they are available.

Science Note: Suicide Risks in Veterans

Applications for our Executive Policy Fellowship continue to be accepted on a rolling basis. MOST Executive Policy Fellows assist state agencies with incorporating data management, analysis, visualization, and integration practices to improve program design and implementation according to agency priorities.

Executive Policy Fellows also have opportunities to build policy-relevant skills by participating in professional development activities hosted by MOST and by contributing additional capacity to team projects as appropriate.

We are currently seeking candidates with an interest in state policy who have extensive data analysis training. Do you know someone who would be a good fit? Additional application materials can be found at
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We are seeking members of a Community Science Note Editorial Board who can assist in writing and reviewing science notes for a variety of settings, including general information, responses to public comment opportunities, and in advance of public hearings. We request that writers and editors have scientific training such as advanced degrees and/or extensive research experience. 

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