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.

KDADS Announces Expansion of Mental Health 
Training for Law Enforcement


9-16-14 (TOPEKA) – Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS) Secretary Kari Bruffett announced today the funding of several projects to expand the number of Kansas law enforcement officers and those in related fields that are trained to deal appropriately with individuals experiencing mental health crises.

“Some of the most significant recommendations made by the Governor’s Mental Health Task Force address the way law enforcement officers interact with the mentally ill,” Secretary Bruffett said. “The task force emphasized the need for front-line responders to receive instruction in the most effective ways to interact with individuals who suffer from mental illness. In the communities that this training has already occurred, law enforcement and corrections personnel report that it makes a huge difference in way these situations are resolved. ”

The projects were developed as a response to recommendations made by the Kansas Governor’s Mental Health Task Force and with the guidance of the Kansas Governor’s Law Enforcement Behavioral Health Advisory Council.
In May, Governor Sam Brownback outlined his administration’s plans for strengthening the delivery of behavioral health services in Kansas. One of the initiatives he announced was the creation of the Law Enforcement Behavioral Health Advisory Council, consisting of Attorney General Derek Schmidt, Secretary Ray Roberts, Sedgwick County Sheriff Jeff Easter, and Topeka Police Department Captain Bill Cochran. The council serves in an advisory capacity to review future community grants aimed at helping to keep individuals in the community and out of jails, prisons, and state hospitals. Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) and Mental Health First Aid training is a part of that effort aimed at education for front-line responders.

Read the press release.


Upcoming events

19 Nov 2014 9:00 AM • Valeo Behavioral Health Center, 330 SW Oakley, Topeka, KS
17 Dec 2014 9:00 AM • Valeo Behavioral Health Center, 330 SW Oakley, Topeka, KS
17 Dec 2014 12:00 PM • Valeo Behavioral Health Center, 330 SW Oakley, Topeka, KS
JOIN THE GRASSROOTS ADVOCACY NETWORK: KANSAS VOICES FOR MENTAL HEALTH
Join other Kansans who are dedicated to educating others about Kansas mental health issues.   Kansas needs you!  Our advocates were recognized at the 2014 Mental Health Advocacy Day events March 13 in Topeka.  

CONSIDER JOINING US

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.

 

Over 400 attend 2014 Mental Health Advocacy Day

More than 400 fellow consumers, family members, providers and advocates traveled to Topeka to learn about current mental health policy and budget issues and to educate our Kansas Legislators!  
 

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