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Rainbow Mental Health transitionGov. Sam Brownback announced today that Rainbow Mental Health Facility, Kansas City, Kan., will make a transition into a crisis stabilization resource. He made his announcement at Wyandot Center, Kansas City, Kan. (Photo by William Crum)
Rainbow Mental Health transition
Gov. Sam Brownback announced today that Rainbow Mental Health Facility, Kansas City, Kan., will make a transition into a crisis stabilization resource serving those with mental illness or substance use disorders.
The state reached an agreement with Wyandot Center, which will partner with the Johnson County Mental Health Center and Heartland Regional Alcohol and Drug Assessment Center.
This is a three-year agreement. It involves both Wyandotte and Johnson counties.
“It is the most significant change we have made to the Kansas mental health system in two decades,“ Gov. Brownback said. “Our goal is to establish and support alternative community programs that will decrease reliance on Osawatomie State Hospital and the unnecessary use of local emergency rooms, community hospitals and jails.”
Many people who are in jail and who have a mental health problem or substance abuse disorder do not have the opportunity to get mental health help currently at the local level, according to officials. This three-year agreement is in the experimental stage.
Under the new program, a person who is in jail for substance abuse or mental health issues could be treated at a separate facility instead of being treated at an emergency room or being placed in jail. Getting treatment at the local level is estimated to save the state of Kansas an estimated $3.5 million annually by reducing emergency room and state hospital costs.
This is a significant decision by the state of Kansas and it would allow people who need help to get it done by local professionals who understand their mental health issues and substance abuse issues. Patients would be treated locally instead of sending them either to jail, to local emergency rooms or even the state hospital.
Town Hall meeting planned for residents, agencies
Residents and agencies are invited to a Town Hall meeting at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 31, at the Johnson County Mental Health Center, Conference Room ABCD, 6000 Lamar, Suite 130, Mission, Kan., to discuss the new Rainbow Crisis Stabilization Services.
The new Rainbow Services, Inc., will include an assessment and triage center, crisis observation unit, sobering unit and crisis stabilization unit – all to serve persons experiencing mental health or substance use disorder crises. This initiative is a collaborative effort of Wyandot Center, the Kansas Department on Aging and Disability Services, Johnson County Mental Health Center and Heartland Regional Alcohol and Drug Assessment Center (Heartland RADAC). Rainbow Services Inc., is a nonprofit entity of Wyandot Center, Wyandotte County’s designated community mental health center.
The new Rainbow Services will provide assessment and triage that operates around-the-clock; a medically supervised crisis observation unit for stays of up to 23 hours, a sobering unit with withdrawal management with average stays of four to six hours, and a crisis stabilization unit with medical oversight for up to 10 days.
The local agencies also will continue their other community and crisis stabilization services at the current locations.
This expanded continuum of care at Rainbow will provide a broader array of services as alternatives to hospitalization or jail for persons who can benefit from community-based interventions. For information, call 913-233-3305.