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.

Legislature Works Toward Spring Break

The Kansas Legislature is in its final week of the regular session and knee-deep in the development of a new K-12 budget proposal.   The Kansas Supreme Court issued a decision March 7, ordering the Legislature to address inequities in its education funding plan prior to July 1.  The Court ruled that cuts in State K-12 spending had resulted in unbalanced funding for wealthy and poor districts that is unconstitutional.  As a result, the House and Senate pulled back their K-12 education plans for re-shuffling.  

Advocates for other budget issues including behavioral health are waiting to see whether or not the education budget plans will run on their own, or if other budget issues will be rolled into a more traditional "mega-budget" bill.  It is likely these issues may be kept separate for now to avoid floor amendments that draw from one agencies budget to fund another.  Updated consensus revenue estimates are due during the legislative spring break, and the larger budget will likely wait for that information. 

Last week, the Governor stated that he expected the Legislature would be able to Last week, the Governor stated that he expected the Legislature would be able to resolve the K-12 funding issue by the end of this week, but that is looking like a very difficult goal at this point.

The development of Senate and House education plans have had some complications.  The House Appropriations Chairman introduced a plan last week that was quickly pulled back by the Speaker of the House.  Speaker Merrick stated that the leadership had not agreed to a plan that included charter school measures and released a plan without those provisions.

On Monday, Rep. Marc Rhoades quit as Chair of the House Appropriations Committee over disagreement with the Speaker regarding the education funding proposal.  Appropriations is considered the most powerful committee in the House of Representatives.  

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Upcoming events

23 Apr 2014 9:00 AM • 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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