mental health http://kmuw.org en Governor Brownback Unveils Plan To Improve Mental Health Care, But Some Say He Could Do Better http://kmuw.org/post/governor-brownback-unveils-plan-improve-mental-health-care-some-say-he-could-do-better <p>Gov. &nbsp;Sam Brownback is making a major push to improve the state’s mental health system. The governor's plan creates a behavioral health sub-cabinet within state government, targets substance abuse for its role in exacerbating mental illness, and increases financial investment in current treatment programs, <a href="http://www.governor.ks.gov/media-room/media-releases/2014/05/27/governor-sam-brownback-announces-programs-to-strengthen-mental-health-delivery-in-the-state">among other things.&nbsp;</a></p> Wed, 28 May 2014 15:54:08 +0000 Kate Clause & Jim McClean 35123 at http://kmuw.org Report: Medicaid Expansion Vital to Mental Health http://kmuw.org/post/report-medicaid-expansion-vital-mental-health <p>The National Alliance on Mental Illness says gaps in mental health care could be addressed if every state-including Kansas-would expand Medicaid as envisioned in the Affordable Care Act.<br><br>Rick Cagan, who heads NAMI Kansas, says the state’s system of community mental health centers is supposed to provide help for Kansans with mental illness, regardless of their ability to pay. But budget cuts have left public mental health providers unable to meet the needs…<br> Fri, 31 May 2013 11:44:02 +0000 Bryan Thompson 18098 at http://kmuw.org Top Morning News 3.12.13 http://kmuw.org/post/top-morning-news-31213 <p><em>Mental health advocates to rally at Statehouse; House committee makes cuts in their version of budget; New comet to appear in US sky.</em></p><p><strong>Mental Health Advocates To Rally At Statehouse</strong></p><p>Mental health advocates will rally in Topeka this week for increased state funding for services.</p> Tue, 12 Mar 2013 10:32:31 +0000 Briana O’Higgins & Kate Clause 14020 at http://kmuw.org Top Morning News 3.12.13 OnWords: Disorder Is Often Quite Orderly http://kmuw.org/post/onwords-disorder-often-quite-orderly <p>The word “disorder” gets thrown around a lot in diagnostic circles, but it rarely accurately describes what's going on. Tue, 12 Feb 2013 18:30:00 +0000 Lael Ewy 12607 at http://kmuw.org OnWords: Disorder Is Often Quite Orderly Top Morning News 01.10.13 http://kmuw.org/post/top-morning-news-011013 <p><em>Brownback&nbsp;to hold press conference on a new state mental health initiative; McConnell Air Force Base finalist for tanker contract; South-central delegation to hold annual meeting.</em></p><p><strong>Brownback To Unveil Kansas Mental Health Initiative&nbsp;</strong></p><p>Gov. Sam Brownback will announce a new mental health initiative Thursday, before the start of the 2013 legislative session.</p> Thu, 10 Jan 2013 11:40:39 +0000 Briana O’Higgins 11000 at http://kmuw.org Top Morning News 01.10.13 VA, KU Medical Center Expanding Health Care Access http://kmuw.org/post/va-ku-medical-center-expanding-health-care-access <p>The Veterans Administration and the University of Kansas Medical Center plan to provide more telemedicine access for Kansas veterans.</p><p>Officials from the VA and the medical center said Tuesday the effort will allow veterans to access mental health care without traveling great distances to a VA facility.</p><p>The effort began two years ago as a pilot program between the VA and the Kansas Medical Center facility in Garden City. Contracts are being worked out to first expand the access to two more facilities in rural Kansas.</p> Tue, 13 Nov 2012 19:05:32 +0000 Associated Press 8452 at http://kmuw.org VA, KU Medical Center Expanding Health Care Access