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National Coverage by Fox 32 Chicago

More national news coverage on the amazing work being done in Missouri to address the opioid epidemic. Thanks to the innovative leadership at the Missouri Department of Mental Health!

FOX 32 Chicago. (2023, March 21). Mobile clinics bring addiction assistance to communities [Video]. YouTube.

Welcome Center

The Welcome Center seeks to humanize those living with addiction, and to make treatment attractive.

  • Opens March 15 Located at 1430 Olive in Downtown St. Louis

  • Proven Concept based off our current clinical practices

  • Low Barrier Access

  • Dedicated Interdisciplinary Team Able to accommodate walk-in's at a much higher rate.

  • Will work in tandem with our on-site pharmacy, GENOA.

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Dedication & Service at Jefferson City

A big thank you to Lieutenant Governor Kehoe, Senator Thompson-Rehder, Senator Roberts, and Senator May for surprising Percy Menzies and Frank Robinson with a resolution thanking them for their dedication and service to those who struggle with mental health and substance use disorders! #mentalhealth #substanceusedisorder

March 7 at 1:59 PM  

First mobile addiction clinic in Missouri

Assisted Recovery Centers of America (ARCA) has a new mobile addiction treatment clinic. The nearly 40-foot-long Freightliner was manufactured in Ohio and delivered to ARCA on Tuesday. 

FOX 2 St. Louis. (2023, February 14). First mobile addiction clinic in Missouri. YouTube.

Get immediate help with substance abuse from the Assisted Recovery Center of America

If you have the flu or are not feeling well, you can walk into urgent care and receive immediate care - patients who are struggling with substance use disorders now have the same access!

Aaron Laxton, ARCA Executive Director, shares how individuals can now walk in without an appointment, and start services on an immediate basis!

St. Louis County infant dies after ingesting fentanyl; 3 charged

Substance use, in particular Fentanyl, is impacting our community on every level. We encourage everyone to carry Narcan and to know how to use it. If you or a loved one needs services, please call 314-645-6840

Jubilee Community Church Ribbon Cutting
"North St. Louis church aims to create roadmap for addiction treatment after member’s overdose death"

ARCA believes that our community, in particular faith communities, holds the key to reducing the surge in overdose deaths. Jubilee Community Church exemplifies what is possible when our community comes together to provide for the whole person impacted by substance use. ARCA is proud of this ongoing partnership. 

Pastor Bryan Moore, Jubilee Community Church

Woods, M. (2022, August 4). North St. Louis church aims to create roadmap for addiction treatment after member’s overdose death. Retrieved August 18, 2022, from

Overdose claims the lives of 8 in two days.

St. Louis recently saw two deadly days resulting in the loss of life of 8 black individuals. Read the article below to learn more about what we are doing in the local community to help. 

“Two Deadly Days in St. Louis: An Overdose Cluster Kills 8 Black People — and Shows the New Shape of the Addiction Crisis.” STAT, 25 July 2022, Accessed 5 Aug. 2022.


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Percy Menzies & Aaron Laxton

Percy Menzies and Aaron Laxton testify in favor of Senate Bill 1037

March 23, 2022- Jefferson City, Missouri-

Assisted Recovery Centers of America (ARCA) President Percy Menzies and Director of Behavioral Health Aaron M. Laxton were introduced on the Senate floor of the Missouri Legislature by Senator Holly Rehder, highlighting the important work of ARCA in battling addiction in Missouri. In addition, Menzies and Laxton testified before the Senate Committee on Seniors, Families, Veterans & Military Affairs in favor of Senate Bill 1037, allowing for greater access to addiction mitigation medications in Missouri.

Riverfront Times Featured Article

We were recently interviewed by Mike Fitzgerald at the River Front Times, please see the article titled "Addiction Dilemma"

starting on page 12 the speaks about our partnership with Jubilee Community Church and much more.

Mike Fitzgerald, M. F. (2022, February 2). Addiction Dilemma. Https://Issuu.Com/Euclidmediagroup/Docs/Rft_020222. Retrieved February 2, 2022, from

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We are so proud to be a part of the ministry and work Jubilee is doing in North City.

ARCA has received a 5-year SAMHSA grant.

We are proud to announce that ARCA has received a 5-year SAMHSA grant to provide Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) for Prescription Drug and Opioid Addiction. Through this grant initiative, ARCA will be pairing certified peer specialist services alongside PreventEd, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing the harms of alcohol and other drug use through education, intervention, and advocacy. This partnership acts as the linchpin necessary to provide accessible, vital treatment to individuals living with substance use disorders in Franklin County.


Missouri consistently ranks among the highest states in the country in overdose deaths and unlike many other states, has seen increasing numbers. This increase is forecasted to continue as the COVID-19 pandemic rages on. Data from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services ranks Franklin County as number 3 of the 114 Missouri counties in terms of deaths by opioid overdose. Most recent data shows that Franklin County has 43 opioid overdose deaths per 100,000, which is 98% higher than the Missouri average of 21.7 deaths per 100,000.


The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has recognized Franklin County as a rural community that has been particularly hard hit by the opioid epidemic.

Franklin County lacks treatment options and treatment infrastructure to address substance use disorders (SUD). This includes lack of medication providers and access to medication for people living with substance use disorders.


Certified Peer Specialists are people who have been successful in the recovery process and are certified by the state of Missouri to help others experiencing similar situations. Through shared understanding, respect, and mutual empowerment, Certified Peer Specialists help people become and stay engaged in the recovery process and reduce the likelihood of relapse. Peer support services have a proven track record of effectively extending the reach of treatment beyond the clinical setting into the everyday environment of those seeking a successful, sustained recovery process.

This project will serve adults over the age of 18 who are at risk for, have been diagnosed with, and/or are in treatment and/or recovery for Opioid Use Disorder/Stimulant Use Disorder (OUD/SUD).


ARCA’s treatment team working in tandem with PreventEd’s Certified Peer Specialist team brings much-needed wraparound care to Franklin County. The two organizations will aid patients in connecting to social service benefits and long-term therapy, as needed, with other providers in the area as well to serve each patient best.


ARCA is excited to continue providing access to care initiatives to those in Missouri who are most in need.

SAMHSA Grant Awarded

Percy Menzies and Ben Westhoff Interview

As fentanyl kills record numbers of Americans, experts see ways to stop its menace

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Rottnek and Flanders:
The trouble with the coronavirus and Missouri jails

Please check out the article by Fred Rottnek and Chad Flanders that was published in STLToday.   


View the full article here.

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St. Louis Sobering Center Ribbon Cutting

Percy and Suneal Menzies had the pleasure of meeting with Governor Mike Parson at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the opening of the 'sobering support center' located in South City. 


View the full article about the event here.

Percy Menzies
Percy Menzies

Hecker, Caroline. “Missouri's First 'Sobering Support Center' Opens in South City.”, Meredith Corporation, 12 Oct. 2021,

ARCA opens medical-based addiction treatment clinic in Jubilee Community Church on North Grand

Assisted Recovery Centers of America founder Percy Menzies says medicine helps make drug addiction treatment possible.

Fees, Alex. ARCA Opens Medical-Based Addiction Treatment Clinic in Jubilee Community Church on North Grand, KSDK, 10 Oct. 2021,

Two of ARCAs own are featured authors in Social Work Today Magazine

Aaron M. Laxton, MSW, LMSW, and Chase A. Martinson, BSW, CPS  are featured in Social Work Today Vol. 21 No. 3 P. 6 for a piece they co-authored called "Social Workers as Peer Support Specialists" we welcome you to check out the article here.

Supportive Friend

Laxton, Aaron M, and Chase A Martinson. “ Addictions Advisor: Social Workers as Peer Support Specialists.” Addictions Advisor: Social Workers as Peer Support Specialists - Social Work Today Magazine,

Listen to episode 37: Opioid Settlements & The Future of Addiction Treatment featuring Dr. Rottnek

See the full article here

“Episode 37: Opioid Settlements & The Future of Addiction Treatment.” Www.Slu.Edu, © 1818 - 2021 SAINT LOUIS UNIVERSITY, 19 Aug. 2021,

ARCA- Crisis Intervention Team
(CIT) Partnership

When homelessness, mental illness, and substance use

demand a crisis response.

Click on the link below to see the presentation given by 

Aaron M. Laxton, MSW, LMSW

Community Behavioral Health Liaison

Aaron CIT

Substance Use Disorder & Medication-Assisted Therapies

Percy Menzies, our President here at Assisted Recovery Centers of America had the pleasure of joining Genoa Healthcare’s Kevin O’Connell, RPh, vice president of sales, and Lindsey Hall, PharmD, senior director of clinical programs to discuss the causes of addiction. As well as treatment options to reduce opioid use and the role of integrated pharmacy in MAT (Medicated Assisted Treatment)

Prescription drug monitoring program coming to Missouri.

Fred Rottnek, M.D. (Family and Community Medicine) was interviewed on KMOV-TV Ch. 4 and KCTV5 News about the passage of a statewide prescription drug monitoring program. Click on View More to see the latest news article/video. 

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Answering the call for Rural and Non-Rural Missourians

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No one should have to wait for addiction treatment!

In the 20 years, ARCA has expanded to meet the demand. Initially, services started in St. Louis City. Working with the Department of Mental Health, services were expanded to rural Missouri. Now, driven by the data and the need, we are focusing on communities with treatment deserts, assisted by the faith communities.


In 2020, we launched our street outreach program which was highly effective in engaging and retaining individuals seeking addiction treatment. ARCA is working with community partners to share technology and best practices for their programs. We have moved into the technical assistance role.

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