mental health

Central Standard
3:26 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Glore Psychiatric Museum Is A Missouri Mental Health Time Capsule

Devices like "fever cabinets" (on view at the Glore Psychiatric Museum) were used to treat mental illness before medical advances rendered them obsolete.
Credit Gina Kaufmann, KCUR

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.

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8:52 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Kansas Governor Finds Additional $9.5 Million For Mental Health

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.
Credit Dave Ranney / KHI News Service

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback on Tuesday announced that his administration will spend an additional $9.5 million on services for the mentally ill in the fiscal year that begins July 1.

“This is a major, important issue,” Brownback said during an afternoon press conference at the Statehouse.

Most of new money - $7 million – will come from the state’s federally funded Temporary Assistance for Needy Families block grant.

The remainder will come from other sources including:

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3:34 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Kansas City Area Coalition Launches To Fight Stigma Of Mental Ilness

John Shuchart, who has discussed his bout with depression, spoke Wednesday at the launch of the Greater Kansas City Mental Health Coalition. Looking on was Don Goldman, CEO of Jewish Family Services.
Credit Submitted photo / Jewish Family Services

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.

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10:14 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Plans Advance For Mental Health Crisis Center In Kansas City

Mattresses line the walls of the sobering unit in the newly reopened Rainbow Mental Health Facility in Kansas City, Kan.
Credit Mike Sherry / The Hale Center for Journalism


Representatives from a broad spectrum of agencies and organizations, including hospitals and courts, are crystallizing plans they hope will help solve a health problem in Kansas City, Mo.

The issue is that people who are high, drunk or in psychiatric crisis clog emergency rooms and tie up first-responders with needs more suited to mental health intervention, according to organizers.

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5:01 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Kansas City Groups Pursuing Mental Health Crisis Center

Kansas City, Mo., Municipal Judge Joseph Locascio is leading an initiative to establish a mental health crisis stabilization center in the city.
Credit Mike Sherry / The Hale Center For Journalism

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.

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Central Standard
4:01 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Police Training On How To Respond To Mental Health Situations

Police officers often respond to situations that involve people suffering from mental health problems.

Since they are called first for help, there is a growing effort to train the officers in how to handle the situations.

On today's Central Standard, we discuss how police training is changing in order to accommodate mental health crisis response techniques.


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6:17 am
Wed March 12, 2014

New Mental Health Crisis Strategy To Launch In Kansas City

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback announces mental health crisis center in Kansas City, Kan.
Credit Alex Smith / KCUR

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.

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7:17 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Brownback Announces Plan To Repurpose Rainbow Mental Health Facility

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.
Credit Dave Ranney / KHI News

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.

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8:12 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Nixon Proposes $20 Million To Train Mental Health Professionals

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.

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Up to Date
9:45 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Grandmothers Against Gun Violence

The Cape Cod Grandmothers Against Gun Violence rally in Boston.
Credit Grandmothers Against Gun Violence/Facebook

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. 


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Central Standard
4:51 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

What Is Sex Addiction?

Credit Lynda Sanchez / Flickr - CC

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?

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11:38 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Children's Center Announces $2.3M Grant To Expand Trauma Programs

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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.

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Central Standard
3:51 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

A 'First Aid Kit' For Mental Health: Program Expands Throughout Metro

John A. Beal

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.

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Central Standard
9:40 am
Tue March 5, 2013

The Case for Dental Health

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.

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5:14 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Brownback Calls For Preserving, Strengthening Mental Health Safety Net

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.
Credit Elana Gordon / KCUR

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback wants to continue funding mental health services at the state's current level.

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Central Standard
4:33 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

The State Of Mental Illness In KC

Mental illness is a problem in every community, but what resources and services are available in Kansas City?

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4:14 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Missouri Senators Disagree About Gun Control

Mo. Senator Roy Blunt has said he does not think stricter gun control laws will help prevent violence.

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.

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KC Currents
4:44 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

A Look At What Triggers Murder-Suicides

Daniel C. Claiborn Ph.D.
Susan B. Wilson KCUR

Murder suicide is rare, but on the rise across the country. Missouri is in the top ten for women killed by intimate partners, and murder-suicide has increased in Kansas.

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Shots - Health Blog
7:46 am
Tue April 3, 2012

Medicare Boosting Coverage For Mental Health Issues

Medicare coverage for mental health services will reach 80 percent in 2014.

Medicare coverage for people with depression used to be, well, depressing. But that's starting to change.

In October, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services began covering screening for depression without any cost-sharing when Medicare beneficiaries visit their primary care doctor.

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7:34 pm
Mon January 23, 2012

Longtime Mental Health Leader Retires

For many decades, David Wiebe has been at the forefront of mental health care in the Kansas City region, helping shape the community mental health system that exists in Kansas today.

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KC Currents
11:44 am
Mon January 9, 2012

Psychologist Treats Victims Of Priest Sex Abuse

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.

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Up to Date
9:15 am
Thu December 22, 2011

Parents, Teens & Tension

Is this what your family feels like after a few days of winter break?

So your kid went off to college, experienced freedom, set his own schedule, abided by his own rules, and now he’s home for winter break…for a few weeks.

Yeah, there’s gonna be some tension.  We've seen it play out in movies and TV shows that poke fun at family dysfunction around the holidays.

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Mental Health
1:13 pm
Tue December 6, 2011

Recent Suicides Raise Awareness


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.

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9:28 am
Tue January 18, 2011

Proposed Closure of Kansas Facility For Developmentally Disabled Would Be Gradual

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.

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2:25 pm
Tue October 26, 2010

Kansans To Vote On Voting Rights of Kansans with Mental Illnesses

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.


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5:23 pm
Fri June 11, 2010

State Mental Health Programs Brace For More Cuts

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.

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