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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.

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.

Two new programs in Topeka will provide court and dental services to people with mental illness.

An alternative sentencing court run through the Topeka Municipal Court will allow mentally ill people who committed relatively minor crimes to be released from a jail earlier than scheduled if they comply with a treatment plan.

The program also will offer employment, housing and substance abuse help. Christine Wills with Valeo Behavioral Health Care says the alternative sentencing court will hear its first docket in early January.

Kansas officials must now find another $40 million dollars for the state's Medicaid program known as KanCare between now and the end of the budget year. Jim McLean reports...

Jeff Willett with the Kansas Health Foundation says Kansans with mental illness are twice as likely to smoke as the general population.

Nearly Two Out Of Five Kansas Inmates Are Mentally Ill

Jan 28, 2013

The number of mentally ill prisoners in Kansas has increased by 126 percent since 2006. Nearly two out of every five adult inmates in Kansas are classified as mentally ill.

Republican Senator Steve Fitzgerald blames the spike on the state's failure to develop an effective, community-based system of treatment. His district includes Lansing Correctional Facility.

Fitzgerald says Kansas Department of Corrections Secretary Ray Roberts is by default the provider of last resort for a growing group of people with mental illness.

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Few Details Released On Proposal To Merge KDOT, Turnpike Authority

Gov. Sam Brownback has proposed merging the Kansas Turnpike Authority and the state's highway department, but hasn't released many details as to how that will happen.