TOPEKA – (December 6, 2016) − Three organizations have been awarded grants from the Tower Foundation totaling $66,500 to support mental health services in Kansas, Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced today.
Compass Behavioral Health, which serves 13 counties in Southwest Kansas, was awarded $6,500 to fund crisis intervention training for first responders. One objective of the training is to improve first responder self care to avoid burnout and the cumulative effects of trauma. In addition, the training is aimed at improving collaboration of health care and social service entities within the community and the provision of skills to de-escalate others while on or off-duty.
Association of Community Mental Health Centers of Kansas, Inc., which represents 26 licensed Community Mental Health Centers in Kansas, was awarded $40,000 to fund a statewide training program titled “Mental Health First Aid.” This curriculum is a public education program that introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds understanding of early intervention and teaches individuals how to help a person in crisis.
The Wichita State University Foundation was awarded $20,000 to provide support to the Wichita State University-Community Partners: Autism Interdisciplinary Diagnostic & Treatment Team (AIDTT). The AIDTT is an ongoing, working, interagency project designed to evaluate and diagnose young children in South Central Kansas who present with complex developmental needs, including signs and symptoms of autism spectrum disorders and to promote inter-professional education among future healthcare and education professionals. This grant will be used to fund the newly implemented treatment component of AIDTT.
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 is composed of nine Kansans with a keen interest in mental health issues. Dr. Walter Menninger serves as the Board’s president.