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Kansas revamping mental health system statewide

ELLY GRIMM • Leader & Times

 

Access to mental health services is extremely important and recently, a bill signed by Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly will make some changes to that access throughout the state. 

Late last month, Gov. Kelly signed Senate Substitute for House Bill 2208, laying the groundwork for the most significant transformation of the Kansas community mental health system in decades. The bill establishes a new model for providing behavioral health services – the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC). The signing of this bill makes Kansas the first state to pass legislation identifying the CCBHC model as a solution to the mental health and substance use crisis.

“Access to mental health services are integral to building stronger communities, especially as we continue to recover from the pandemic,” Gov. Kelly noted in a release from the State of Kansas. “I’m proud we are the first state to establish this model as another step in the right direction toward addressing the mental health crisis we face. In 1990, the Kansas Mental Health Reform Act fundamentally changed the mental health system in Kansas with the goal of transitioning care from institutional services to community-based care in response to the needs at that time. That monumental legislation established Community Mental Health Centers (CMHCs) as the ‘safety net’ for Kansans with mental health needs, ensuring that behavioral health services are available in all 105 counties, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. HB 2208 reforms and modernizes the system to meet today’s needs. CMHCs across the state are facing challenges like increased demand for services, substantial reductions inpatient psychiatric hospital resources and workforce shortages.”

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Calling on moderate Democrats

GUEST COLUMN, David Limbaugh, townhall.com

 

Everyone knows President Joe Biden ran as a moderate and is governing as a leftist radical, yet we see little evidence of Democrats, including the liberal media, breaking ranks from him. Why?

I've previously written about the lack of Democrats' dissent from their party's undeniable extremism and have always been met with the response that they don't dissent because there are no longer any moderate Democrats. Yet when I talk to my Democratic friends, they vehemently deny that they personally are extremists. Are they, or might they just as well be?

Rank-and-file Democrats can no longer blame their rank partisanship and extremism on Donald Trump, who is no longer president. It's past time for them -- and never-Trump Republicans, for that matter -- to answer for Biden's disastrous policies.

Let's look at Biden's border debacle as one of many flagrant examples of raging Democratic and media hypocrisy, for they are giving Biden a complete pass and even defending him on the very policies for which they berated Trump.

Biden wholly owns this border train wreck, though he disingenuously continues to blame Trump. Trump's border policies were working. We had seen major progress in sealing the border; fewer migrants were entering the United States, and cartels were being stymied. But Democrats, wedded to their open-borders agenda and their faux compassion for illegal immigrants, castigated Trump as a racist and particularly zeroed in on his allegedly inhumane treatment of children. Now the cartels are flourishing, and our borders are being overrun. And we know all the hyperventilating over the children had nothing to do with any genuine concern for them but with demonizing and defeating Trump -- and cynically promoting Democrats' policies to flood the borders with future Democratic voters.

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