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Help For
Families & Loved Ones

First Call knows that for every person with Substance Use Disorder,
ten individuals around them are negatively impacted.

First Call goes beyond supporting the individual, providing resources for families and loved ones impacted by addiction. 

For Adult Loved Ones
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How To Cope

A seven-session course for adult family members and friends impacted by a loved one's substance use. How to Cope helps participants overcome the related physical, psychological, and social effects and build a healthy life for themselves. How to Cope is recognized by the National Association of State Alcohol/Drug Abuse directors as a research informed program proven to strengthen relationship skills and increase resiliency.


Facilitated by: Shelby Krech, MPS, MAADC-II, CPS, HRS

Group classes offered FREE of charge

HTC at First Call/Virtual: August Session

Monday & Wednesday 6-8PM

August 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28, and Sept. 4

HTC at First Call/Virtual: September Session

Monday & Wednesday 6-8PM

September: 9, 11, 16, 23, 25, 30, and Oct. 2

HTC at Jewish Family Services/Virtual

Next Session To Be Announced

Pre-registration is required and you may choose to attend in-person or online (hybrid).

Extended support sessions and alumni group are available to participants who complete the program.

*We accept private groups (minimum of 4). All inquiries regarding How to Cope registrations by phone

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How To Care

A four-hour, curriculum-based educational program that teaches adult caregivers (teachers, foster parents, extended family members, etc.) to better understand the dynamics of a family system impacted by substance use disorder, the lasting effects of this experience on children’s physical and emotional development, and the best approach to help them achieve their full potential. How to Care can be offered on-site, or as a web-based training for organizations.

Facilitated by: Megan Keller, MS, MAADCII

Group classes offered FREE of charge

To register for How To Care, or for more information, please contact Megan Keller, MS, MAADC ll, Family Services Team or 816-895-8047


Supportive Friend

Grief Recovery After Substance Passing (GRASP) was created to offer understanding, compassion, and support for those who have lost someone they love through addiction and overdose. This peer-led support group for those who have lost a loved one to substance use is a compassionate community providing a safe space for individuals to share their experiences, emotions, and challenges in coping with such profound loss. Facilitated by individuals who have personally navigated the complexities of grief resulting from substance use, the group aims to foster empathy and understanding.

Facilitated by: Laura Bratt and Dawn Owens

Classes offered FREE of charge

1st Tuesday of the Month from 6:30-8pm

April 2, May 7, June 4, July 2, Aug. 6, Sept.3, Oct. 1, Nov. 5, Dec. 3


For Youth
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Caring for Kids

A seven-session, age-appropriate course for children and youth impacted by a loved one’s substance misuse or substance use disorder. 

Children growing up in alcohol or drug-affected homes have a high risk of developing a substance use disorder themselves. The Caring for Kids program helps participants regain a healthy, productive lifestyle by focusing on education, resilience, and safety.


Facilitated by: Megan Keller, MS, MAADCII

Group classes offered FREE of charge

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Summer Care Camp

Our 3-day Care Camp Program will help kids to gain a healthy, productive lifestyle by unpacking the impact of substance use in the family with education, resilience and safety.

June 24, 26, 28 OR July 15, 17, 19

 Register by emailing: or

Facilitated by: Family Services

All First Call services are available FREE or on a sliding scale fee schedule determined in accordance with federal poverty guidelines. No one is refused services for lack of ability to pay. 

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