Federal officials praise school for students in recovery

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 15: U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams testifies before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill November 15, 2017 in Washington, DC. Adams testified about community-level health promotion programs and businesses that offer incentives to employees that practice healthy lifestyles. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

WEBSTER GROVES, Mo. – A Missouri school for students recovering from substance abuse is winning praise from federal health officials.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams visited Great Circle Academy in the St. Louis suburb of Wester Groves on Thursday. Adams and other health officials are touring the country to learn about efforts to combat opioid addiction.

Great Circle provides behavioral health services to thousands of children statewide through its counseling centers, home services and campuses, including five schools across Missouri.

Adams said he thought it was amazing and that the students would “go out there and help other people.” The visit comes on the heels of an announcement that Missouri will receive almost $29 million in federal funding to implement programs that prevent and treat addiction.
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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com