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Tower Foundation to meet in Salina, tour Central Kansas Mental Health Center

Release Date: Jun 10, 2016

TOPEKA – (June 10, 2016) – The Board of Directors of the Tower Mental Health Foundation of Kansas will meet in Salina next week to hear presentations from law enforcement officials and tour the Central Kansas Mental Health Center.

The Board, which is appointed by Attorney General Derek Schmidt, will meet at 10 a.m. on Monday, June 13, at the CKMHC offices, 809 Elmhurst Blvd., Salina.

Major Bill Cochran, Bureau Commander, Criminal Investigations Bureau of the Topeka Police Department and Shawnee County Sheriff Herman T. Jones will be presenting on Kansas law enforcement interactions with persons with mental illness, challenges presented by these interactions, and programs that benefit these interactions, such as Crisis Intervention Teams and Crisis Responder programs.

The Board will also be given a tour of CKMHC’s main campus and the newly renovated youth crisis center. In 2014, the Tower Foundation awarded $25,000 to CKMHC for its youth crisis center.

The meeting is open to the media and the public.

The Tower Mental Health Foundation of Kansas was created as a result of an agreement between the attorney general’s office and the Menninger Foundation in 2007. It offers support to organizations that provide mental health services in Kansas. The attorney general is the sole member of the Foundation, which is staffed by the office of the attorney general. The Foundation’s board of directors comprises nine Kansans with a keen interest in mental health issues. Dr. Walter Menninger serves as the Board’s president.

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