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What We Do

For 40 years Heartland Center for Behavioral Change has helped people rebuild their life through reentry services and substance use disorder treatment services. HCBC programs employ trained professionals, including program managers, counselors, case managers, community and peer support specialists to enhance the efforts of the criminal justice and behavioral health systems in protecting communities and rebuilding lives. 

At HCBC we know that resisting the urge to drink or use drugs is not easy, even when the pain and loss is great. But by resolving to let go and ask for help, you can recover from addiction and reclaim your life. We’ve helped thousands of others do it. It all begins with your decision to call us. When you do, we will tailor a program to meet your individual needs. We can help you deal with the physical, emotional and social difficulties of early sobriety, and help you to plan for a life free of alcohol or drugs.

Withdrawal Management

Heartland Center’s Withdrawl Management Program is a stand-alone inpatient facility in Kansas City for individuals who are experiencing acute withdrawal from alcohol and/or other drugs and who require medical monitoring to ease the discomfort of withdrawal.

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Substance Use Disorder Treatment

It’s hard to face the pain, guilt and fear associated with substance use disorders, and it’s very hard to ask for help. Here at the Heartland Center for Behavioral Change, we understand that anyone caught in the grip of addiction isn’t weak or uncaring, addiction is a disease. Heartland Center offers the following services to help those with a substance use disorder rebuild their lives.

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Court Services

One of the most successful approaches in assisting individuals whose substance use disorder has progressed to involvement in the legal system is the drug court model. A key component of this model is integration of treatment and the justice system, with judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys and treatment professionals working as a team to assist participants in overcoming their struggle with substance use.

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Community Transitional Unit

Our Community Transition Unit is a 24-hour residential program that facilitates the community reintegration of adults under the custody of the Missouri Department of Corrections. Our program offers specialized assistance to help individuals obtain employment, housing, treatment, and other services for a successful return to the community. It is funded by the Missouri Department of Corrections.

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Additional Services



HCBC has received a fourth consecutive three-year accreditation from CARF International. “CARF accreditation signals a service provider’s commitment to continually improving services, encouraging feedback, and serving the community.” (CARF International) Heartland programs which have earned the CARF accreditation include: Court Treatment,Detoxification & Withdrawal Management – Inpatient; Intensive Outpatient Treatment, and Outpatient Treatment. This three-year accreditation is the highest level awarded to an agency.

Our Treatment Philosophy

At Heartland Center, we believe that every individual who suffers from an addiction to drugs or alcohol needs professional help at the earliest possible stage. Medical research indicates that alcoholism and addiction to other drugs is a progressive disease that has no favorites. Finding professional help as soon as possible makes it possible to manage the disease before the disease destroys you and those you love.

Substance Abuse Traffic Offender Program (SATOP)

Heartland is also able to offer SATOP (Substance Abuse Traffic Offender Programs) for individuals which is funded by DMH and through self-pay from the consumer. These services include a screening and interventions are offered consistent with the screening results as available or through referral.


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American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM)



Developed by the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) and funded by Missouri’s Medicaid program and the Department of Mental Health’s purchase-of-service system, the ASAM programming provides a full continuum of care approach to substance use disorder treatment.  

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Disease Management Services

Our disease management services help persons in the community who have substance use problems and serious, chronic health problems. Our outreach workers offer help in coordinating healthcare, reducing life stressors, and management of each persons medical, psychiatric, and substance use conditions.

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Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) 

We offer medications, in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies, to provide a whole-patient approach to the treatment of substance use disorders. Research shows that when treating substance-use disorders, a combination of medication and behavioral therapies is most effective.

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