On Thursday's Central Standard, we looked back at the history of intervention in mental health crises, going all the way back to the 19th century.
The Glore Psychiatric Museum (formerly known as State Lunatic Asylum #2) captures both the treatments of the past and the controversies they sparked. Treatments in mental health hospitals once ranged from a "bath of surprise," which disrupted thought-patterns by dropping the patient into a shockingly cold bath, to lobotomies and fever cabinets.
Gov. Sam Brownback announced his administration will spend an additional $9.5 million on mental health services with most of the money earmarked for family preservation programs. The governor, center, is flanked by KDADS Secretary Shawn Sullivan and DCF Secretary Phyllis Gilmore.
Organizers on Wednesday unveiled a new partnership that builds on a mental health initiative started in the local Jewish community.
The aim of the effort, known as the Greater Kansas City Mental Health Coalition, is to broaden to other parts of the metropolitan area the message from the Jewish community that it’s all right to talk about mental illness.
Led by Jewish Family Services (JFS), the coalition is a bistate effort that includes providers, support groups, advocacy organizations and other nonprofits.
Kansas City, Mo., would be home to a regional facility aimed largely at diverting substance abusers from jail and hospital emergency rooms under a plan that has garnered support from law enforcement officials, political leaders and health care providers.
The vision actually represents dual efforts that began independently, but which might coalesce as a collaboration between area hospitals and a coalition formed by Joseph Locascio, the presiding judge of Kansas City Municipal Court. He also oversees the city’s specialty court aimed at substance abusers.
Every day, police in the Kansas City metro area are inundated with calls to handle mental illness emergencies.
"Usually more than one time a day,” says Don Ash, sheriff of Wyandotte County, Kan. “Calls could come in from a family member. Calls could come in from the general public. From a business owner.”
Someone might be picked up for something as simple as loitering or trespassing, and even though it might clearly a mental health emergency, police typically have little choice but to take them to jail or possibly an emergency room.
Gov. Sam Brownback talks with Capt. Doug Paresi of the Kansas City, Kan. Police Department. Paresi said the reconfigured Rainbow Mental Health Facility would give law enforcement a new option for dealing with mentally ill persons who otherwise might end up behind bars.
Gov. Sam Brownback Thurday unveiled his administration’s plan for reopening the Rainbow Mental Health Facility.
“I think this is a winner,” Brownback said, referring to a Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services plan for privatizing the state hospital’s operations.
The plan calls for converting the former 50-bed inpatient facility to a 10-bed “crisis stabilization resource” designed to connect people with serious and persistent mental illness to community-based services.
Gov. Jay Nixon says Missouri is sorely lacking in mental health services, but he hopes to fix that with more higher education spending.
Speaking Wednesday at UMKC’s School of Nursing, the Governor said his balanced budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2015 included $20 million in grants for schools to train future psychiatrists, psychologist and mental health nurses.
Only 10 of the state’s 114 counties currently have adequate mental health care, according to a federal report.
In the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School and Washington Navy Yard shootings, many find themselves questioning the use of guns in society.
On Wednesday's Up to Date, we talk with a Cape Cod grandma who wants to change the dialogue on gun violence in this country. She joins Steve Kraske to discuss her plan to encourage accountability and responsibility while finding common ground with gun owners.
Now more than ever, our society seems preoccupied with sex. Sexting and twerking are a part of our lexicon. Whether we’re talking about television, popular music or movies, sexual images and innuendo are everywhere. And access to pornography is as easy as a click of a mouse for the over 40 million people who log into porn websites. Given the highly sexualized society we live in, can a person really become addicted to sex? And at what point does sex become an unhealthy addiction—a bad habit that interferes with work, relationships and mental health?
The Crittenton Children’s Center Friday announced it was receiving a major grant to help preschool-aged children cope with trauma.
In front of a crowd of around 200 health professionals at the Kaufmann Foundation, Crittenton CEO Janine Hron said that the Center will be able to expand its Head Start – Trauma Smart program thanks to a $2.3 million grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
A first aid kit is helpful when you cut yourself or get a burn and if someone stops breathing, you can administer CPR. These medical skills are helpful for physical ailments, but how do you care for someone in the midst of a mental health crisis? Mental Health First Aid is a nationwide program that trains members of a community on how to interact and help someone with any mental illness.
A yearly physical is the norm for most of us, whether for children or their adult parents, and it's considered a part of living a healthy lifestyle. But not all areas of health are examined by one doctor, and one area of our health that is often neglected is oral health.
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback (r), Lt. Governor Jeff Colyer (middle) and Secretary of Corrections Ray Roberts (l) discuss strengthening the mental health safety net system at Wyandotte Center in Kansas City, Kan.
After the tragedy in Connecticut, many are now looking to Congress and the President to enact legislation that will curb gun violence. But Missouri’s Senators don’t agree on what that response should be.
Recent events in Kansas City have raised a new public furor about abuse by Catholic priests, but no one really knows how long the problem has been going on. According to the Survivors Network for those Abused by Priests, nearly 16,000 abuse victims have spoken out nationwide since 1950.
Countless Americans have relatives, friends, or colleagues who have committed suicide. When Fox 4 Kansas City meteorologist Don Harman took his own life last week, many people realized that suicide can affect those whom we least suspect.
Lawrence, KS – The Kansas Neurological Institute (KNI) serves some 150 profoundly disabled adults. If the Kansas Legislature approves the proposal, the facility would be closed gradually. The entire process could take as long as three years, according to Bill Miskell, who's with the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services.
Kansas City, KS – Right now, the Kansas legislature has the authority to prohibit someone with a mental illness from voting. Next Tuesday, voters will decide whether or not to change that. Constitutional Amendment Question No. 2, as it's called, has not met much formal opposition, but proponents say a victory would still be extremely significant.
Jefferson City, MO – Mental Health officials in Missouri are awaiting word if Governor Jay Nixon will cut their budget even more than lawmakers did this year.
Of the $484 million lawmakers cut from the state budget in April, nearly $26 million came from the Department of Mental Health, which oversees programs dealing with psychiatric health, drug and alcohol abuse, and Medicaid patients.