Kansas on precipice of change in the mental health arena

Improving the mental health ranking of Kansas


By Robbin Cole, CEO

Pawnee Mental Health Services

Earlier this year, Mental Health America placed Kansas 51st in the nation (including DC) in terms of overall mental health. The report ranked the states in 15 different measures. The measures that had the largest impact on the overall ranking for Kansas were youth with substance use disorder, adults with any mental illness and adults with serious thoughts of suicide.

Hope is not lost. It never is, by the way. Kansas is on the precipice of change in the mental health arena. In 2021 the Kansas Legislature passed the CCBHC model into law. CCBHCs (...

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