Tri-County Mental Health Services offering behavioral health services for the Kansas City Northland community. Prevention, assessment and treatment services for individuals and families throughout Clay, Platte and Ray counties of Missouri.

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Staff members from Tri-County Mental Health Services gathered with representatives of the KCI Rotary Club to officially open a new garden for clients of the mental health center. Those present included (from left) Tri-County CEO Tom Petrizzo, Rotary Past Treasurer Jon Wilson, Rotary members Mike Cavalieri and Donice Mahan, and Tri-County North Star Manager Jody Murphy.

Northland Group Helps
More Than Garden Grow

A group of Northlanders are enjoying a new garden and fresh vegetables in their meals, thanks to the KCI Rotary Club.

This spring, some of the Northland club’s 51 members worked weekends to construct an enclosed garden just outside the North Star Club at Tri-County Mental Health Services. With raised beds, easy access to water and a deer-proof fence, the new enclosed garden offers several advantages over an earlier effort on the nearby Maple Woods campus.

“This is great,” noted North Star Manager Jody Murphy. “We don’t have to run a hose across the road and there aren’t any ticks! Everyone loves it.”

The quiet, easily accessible garden brings new options for members of the North Star Club, which provides daily activities, training and socializing for area residents with a mental illness. Tri-County employee Elizabeth Wilson also uses the produce in the club kitchen, where she prepares meals and teaches living skills. Her students and other clients enjoy adding the results to their meals.

Rotary Club member Jon Wilson said the project was a great fit for the group’s motto, Service Above Self. “Our club always seeks out projects that make a lasting impact on our community in which we work and live. The KCI Rotary Club was proud and honored to help Tri-County in supporting their mission to offer hope to those in need of behavioral healthcare services.”

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