mental illness

Heartland Health Monitor
2:50 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

KDHE Surveyors Sent To Osawatomie State Hospital

State officials on Wednesday confirmed reports that surveyors with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment were dispatched last week to Osawatomie State Hospital, and that the surveyors in turn summoned the Office of the State Fire Marshal.

Sara Belfry, a KDHE spokesperson, said the nature of the surveyors’ concerns will not be made public until after survey findings are reviewed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, a process that’s likely to take several days.

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Heartland Health Monitor
5:17 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Kansas Mental Health System Under Increasing Stress

The patient count at Osawatomie State Hospital is at its highest point in 10 years.
Credit www.kansasmemory.org / Kansas State Historical Society

 

One day last month, Osawatomie State Hospital had 254 patients in its care — almost 50 more than its optimal capacity.

The overcrowded conditions forced a few dozen patients, all of them coping with a serious mental illness and likely a danger to themselves or others, to be triple-bunked in rooms meant for two.

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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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Health
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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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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Government
4:35 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

Blunt Says No To Gun Control, Blames Fed Health Programs

Missouri Senator Roy Blunt lent a hand for charity while most questions posed to him were about gun violence.
Credit Dan Verbeck / KCUR

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt says badly administered mental health programs should be fixed as a remedy, rather than blame guns, for violence like the Connecticut school killings.

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Central Standard
10:32 am
Wed July 11, 2012

ReShonda Tate Billingsley: The Secret She Kept

ReShonda Tate Billingsley

Tia Giles is pregnant, she’s also suffering from a mental illness and her husband Lance must make the difficult decision of committing her to a mental institution to save the baby, his wife and their marriage.

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