Kansas Mental
Health Coalition

The Kansas Mental Health Coalition is working to improve mental health in Kansas

The Kansas Mental Health Coalition (KMHC) is a collaborative organization of numerous non-profit organizations, agencies and individuals representing consumers, families, and providers dedicated to improving the lives of Kansans with mental illness.  Read more.

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Adult Continuum of Care Committee submits report to Secretary Bruffett

The Adult Continuum of Care Committee met for 9 weeks this summer to develop a report advising Secretary Kari Bruffett, Kansas Department on Aging and Disability Services, of recommended strategies to improve the behavioral health continuum.  The Committee was created by the Secretary as the agency faced a remodeling project ordered by CMS at the Osawatomie State Hospital that takes 60 hospital beds out of operation for the summer.

Read the Report.

Read the Adult Continuum of Care Committee Charter.

KMHC Responds to Adult Continuum of Care Committee Report

The Adult Continuum of Care Committee Report puts a finer point on the issue that many Kansas families already know – the Kansas mental health system is scrambling to meet the needs of Kansans with mental illness and substance use disorders.  The Kansas Mental Health Coalition endorses the report, and hopes the strategies suggested in the report will help the Department on Aging and Disability Services to build on its recent work  β€“ bringing together Kansas City area stakeholders to form Rainbow Services Inc. and providing grant funds to Sedgwick County to create crisis services there.  There is more to be done.

This summer, the further reduction of state mental health hospital beds has made the gaps in our continuum of care obvious.  The State and the community mental health centers have partnered to respond to the growing need, but financial and staff resources are in short supply.  The lack of appropriate, more intensive treatment options at the community level for people needing a higher level of treatment or a step down from hospitalization has been a barrier.  Where you live determines your opportunities for recovery, and even in the Kansas City region it is uncertain whether the model crisis and referral program at Rainbow is sustainable.  As stated in the report:  β€œAn underfunded system is challenged to meet the basic needs of people with severe mental illness, let alone develop evidenced based practices, enhance existing services, or create needed alternatives of care.”

We hope the Report will stimulate broader support for further community level investments and strategies targeted to improving the continuum.  The Report advocates expanding access to crisis services, residential programs, housing and peer programs, in addition to boosting community based outpatient programs.  The Committee also encourages improved transitions between facilities and communities, with treatment provided while people await admissions and after discharge. 

In the short term, Kansas should apply for federal resources such as the Excellence in Mental Health Act, endorse change to the federal IMD Exclusion that prevents Medicaid reimbursement for some residential psychiatric treatment, and re-open the 60 beds at Osawatomie State Hospital as soon as practically possible.  (The beds are currently unavailable while safety repairs are made.)

The Kansas Mental Health Coalition will review the report at its August meeting and is prepared to advocate for action to expand access to quality treatment for more Kansans.   One thing is certain, when we do not treat persons with mental illness, communities pay the price.  Individuals pay the price. People are all too often caught in an unending cycle of repeated hospitalizations or incarceration and the costs are more than fiscal, they include broken families, broken people and the loss of life itself.  

Upcoming events

16 Dec 2015 9:00 AM • Valeo Behavioral Health Center, 330 SW Oakley, Topeka, KS
16 Dec 2015 11:45 AM • Valeo Behavioral Health Center, 330 SW Oakley, Topeka, KS
Join other Kansans who are dedicated to educating others about Kansas mental health issues.   Kansas needs you!  Advocates weigh in on important legislation and budget issues through e-mail, meetings and phone calls.  


Membership in the Kansas Mental Health Coalition is open to anyone who is interested in collaborating with others toward our common goals.

Please check out our membership information and select a member category to join.  Fill out the information sheet and send dues to Kansas Mental Health Coalition, P.O. Box 4744, Topeka, KS  66604.


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