Rich Hill Pride

Noelle Abend and Hayden Schapeler, both senior band members at Rich Hill High School, auditioned to be in the National FFA Band and were accepted.

They had to audition and compete against other members in all 50 states plus Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. It is an incredible honor to be selected out of the thousands of applicants. Noelle and Hayden will be traveling to Indianapolis, Indiana in October to perform at Lucas Oil Stadium and other venues around the city.

This is also Hayden’s second time making the band. Miss Klinksick, their band director, is extremely proud of their efforts and dedication to her program and is incredibly excited for them to perform! 

Time for Changes/ Open Enrollment/ Oct 15th – Dec 7th

Medicare open enrollment period — the time each year when you can purchase or make changes to a health insurance policy. If you already have a policy, your insurer might’ve sent you a letter or another notification that you need to take action during this period to maintain your coverage. And if you don’t have a policy yet, this is the time of year when you can sign up for one under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Open enrollment is one of the few annual opportunities you have to make changes to your health insurance policy. For some, open enrollment is a time of significant change. For others, it might just mean confirming a current policy is working well and carrying that same coverage into the following year. It’s a busy but important time of year, and there’s a lot you might need to take care of. To get started, learn more about what open enrollment is and how you can make the most of this annual opportunity.

Beware of Scammers

Natural disasters will bring our country together on so many levels. People will stop their lives and travel across the country to help our fellow Americans. That’s what makes America the Greatest Country on Earth. While it brings the best out in good people. It will also bring out the worst scammers and opportunists.

In the days ahead you will see fundraising for the victims, the emergency workers, and aid relief in general. Every year we give billions of dollars to organizations and groups to find out only a small percentage actually helped the devastated areas.

You work hard for your money and your a great person. But do a little research about where your money is going and how much will actually reach the people in need.

We remind you this is the time scammers will hit you and your elderly loved ones that just want to help. We ask that you have this talk with the elderly in your home.

The public service message is from the desk of your Bates County Sheriff, Chad Anderson

Compass Health Awarded $4 Million Dollar Grant

Compass Health Network Awarded $4 Million Dollar Grant To Expand Behavioral Health Services

Clinton, MO (September 28, 2022) – Compass Health, Inc. was recently awarded a grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Agency (SAMHSA) under the FY2022 Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic Improvement and Advancement Grant (Short Title: CCBHC-IA).  Per SAMHSA, “The purpose of this federal program is to help transform community behavioral health systems and provide comprehensive, integrated, coordinated, and person-centered behavioral health care by enhancing and improving CCBHC’s that currently meet the CCBHC Certification Criteria.  The intent of the CCBHC-IA grant program is to improve access to community-based mental health and substance use disorder treatment and support, including 24/7 crisis services, to anyone in their service area who needs it, regardless of their ability to pay or place of residence.”  Targeted individuals of the program include any individual with a mental illness or substance use disorder who is seeking clinical care, including those individuals with serious mental illness (SMI), substance use disorder (SUD) including opioid use disorder (OUD); children and adolescents with serious emotional disturbance (SED); individuals with co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorders (COD); and individuals experiencing a mental health or substance use-related crisis. 

In addition to all of the required CCBHC requirements of the program that will be delivered by Compass Health, Inc., our comprehensive health care system will  address: 1) expansion of crisis mental health services; 2) intensive community-based mental health care for members of the armed forces and veterans; 3) meaningful involvement of customers and/or family members in programming; 4) completion of regular needs assessments; 5) partnership development with other service providers and stakeholders; 6) cultural competency and implicit bias reduction training; and 7) implementation of a science pilot project.  In addition to these activities, Compass Health will engage with local housing authorities and participate in state and national CCBHC learning collaboratives when available. 

The program will officially begin on September 30, 2022 and will expire on September 29, 2026.  In total, Compass Health, Inc. has been awarded $4,000,000.00 to be allocated evenly across the four-year grant term.  The project director for this federal initiative is Lori Davila, MSW, Senior Director of CCBHO Expansion Grants.  If you have questions, she may be reached via email at or mobile phone at 816-775-9369. For more information, contact:
Kelly R. Kerr, Vice President of Marketing