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About Us

Starting in 2005 and continuing over the next couple of years, many communities across Missouri experienced reduced funding in mental health and substance use treatment services for children and youth due to budget cuts at the state and federal level. Recognizing the needs of children and families in St. Louis County, a coalition of committed local nonprofit agencies and community supporters decided to address the growing problem.

An independent needs assessment was commissioned which provided the data St. Louis County voters needed to support the initiative. Using Missouri State Statutes RSMo 67.1775 and 210.861, which allowed local communities to create a community children’s service fund for ten specific behavioral health service areas through a referendum, the St. Louis County Putting Kids First Campaign was launched in 2008.

Putting Kids First, also known as Proposition 1, passed on November 4, 2008 with a resounding 62% of St. Louis County voters’ approval.

Today, St. Louis County Children’s Service Fund (CSF) is the largest children’s service fund in the state of Missouri, generating approximately $40 million annually through a quarter cent sales tax.

Since the first allocation in 2010, CSF has invested over $300 million in local nonprofits and governmental agencies to provide behavioral health services for children and youth in the county. Through collaboration and partnership, CSF ensures children and youth have the support and resources they need to achieve their potential.

Our Mission
To improve the lives of children, youth, and families in St. Louis County by strategically investing in the creation and maintenance of an integrated system of care that delivers effective and quality mental health and substance abuse services.


Values
Keeping Kids First
The needs of our children and youth are our highest priority; they are our future.
 
Accountability
We invest wisely and responsibly to earn and sustain the public’s trust, and to ensure the best return on investment.
 
Integrity
We act with respect, honesty, and transparency to build true partnerships that will create change.
 
Discipline

We are intentional, focused, and systematic in our efforts to create an integrated system of care.
 
Agility

We are flexible and responsive in order to meet the changing needs of our community.
 
Excellence
We strive for positive outcomes, continuous quality improvement, and fact-based decision-making.