mental health

Allan Ajifo

Mental health issues are a top priority in the president’s plan to reduce gun violence.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness, or NAMI, says it will be watching to make sure proposed rule changes treat mentally ill patients and their families fairly.

The president’s plan calls for adding information from the Social Security Administration to the background check system used by people who are purchasing guns.

Rick Cagan of the Kansas branch of NAMI is worried about this change because he says the vast majority of individuals with mental illness are not violent.

Phil Cauthon for the KHI News Service

Security issues connected to a sexual assault are among the reasons the Osawatomie State Hospital is out of compliance with federal regulations. As Heartland Health Monitor’s Jim reports, federal officials are withholding Medicare payments until the problems are corrected.

Staffing shortages and security lapses at the state mental health hospital led to the reported sexual assault of a worker by a patient in October.

The female employee was assaulted while delivering gowns to patient rooms. Other patients came to her aide while the assault was in progress.

For 85 years, the Wichita Child Guidance Center has helped thousands of children cope with life’s challenges.

Recently, the renowned mental health center faced its own challenge: moving out of its longtime home and into a new location.

The clinical services will continue, but as KMUW’s Deborah Shaar reports, the transition signals the final chapter for the Wichita Child Guidance Center.

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The Douglas County Sheriff's Office wants the county to commit to reducing the number of jail inmates who are seriously mentally ill.

The office will ask the county commissioners to commit to the reduction during a meeting today.

Mike Brouwer is re-entry director for the sheriff's office, he says the request is part of a national initiative and coincides with recent developments on a potential county jail expansion and a mental health crisis intervention center project.

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A Wichita organization will begin a new program next month to help people with mental illnesses cope with stressful situations.

Episcopal Social Services plans to launch a one-year project in November that will provide classes for adults with serious mental health issues.

Executive director Barbara Andres says evidence-based training will be used to teach people the tools they need to successfully navigate a conflict or difficult situation.

New Behavioral Health Hospital Opening In Olathe

Sep 28, 2015
Maria Carter / KCUR

Amid growing demand for mental health and substance abuse services, a new hospital is opening its doors this week in Olathe. KCUR’s Dan Margolies, reporting for Heartland Health Monitor, has more.

The 72-bed Cottonwood Springs Hospital cost more than $15 million to build and will offer inpatient and outpatient services for people with mental illness or addiction issues.

The hospital is the ninth facility built by Louisville-based Springstone Incorporated, a privately owned company backed by venture capital.

PHIL CAUTHON, KHI NEWS SERVICE

A special state task force says treatment options for the mentally ill in Kansas are lacking because the state's two acute care psychiatric hospitals don't have enough space and smaller mental health facilities are underfunded.

The Adult Continuum of Care Committee says in a new report that the state's psychiatric hospitals in Larned and Osawatomie don't have enough bed space to treat people who need their services and smaller mental health facilities are underfunded and overworked.

Bryan Thompson

A demonstration project to make mental health care more accessible in southwest Kansas is almost ready to begin.

It’s based on the concept that physical ailments often go hand-in-hand with mental health challenges. Debbie Bruner, who heads Minneola Healthcare, about 20 miles south of Dodge City, says providers there see it every day.

“Especially with your diabetics and your COPDs, where it’s altered their lifestyle, a lot of times you will see depression coincide with that medical condition," Bruner says.

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CHANUTE – The co-owners of a 45-bed nursing facility here that cares for people with severe and persistent mental illnesses have decided to shutter the business.

“We just got our rate-setting form from the state, telling us that our per-day reimbursement would be going down by $4.96 per person, per day,” said Mary Harding, director of nursing at Applewood Rehabilitation, Inc.

“That equates to about $7,000 less a month,” she said. “We’ve been barely breaking even for a while now, so we made the choice that we had to make, and that was to close.”

PHIL CAUTHON, KHI NEWS SERVICE

Thirty-year-old Brandon Brown was released from the Osawatomie State Hospital on May 14. Three days later, he allegedly attacked a fellow patient at the Haviland Care Center, a nursing facility that specializes in caring for adults with mental illness.

The victim, 61-year-old Jerry Martinez, recently died. And Brown has been charged with second degree murder. The incident has prompted new questions about staffing and budget issues at the state’s two hospitals for the mentally ill.

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