TOPEKA – (October 23, 2014) – Three statewide organizations have been awarded grants from the Tower Foundation totaling $71,000 to support mental health services in Kansas, Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced today.
Association of Community Mental Health Centers of Kansas, Inc., was awarded $40,000 to fund a pilot program for the use of Care Management Technologies (CMT). CMT is a behavioral analytics company that works with behavioral healthcare organizations to allow data collection and analysis for delivery and reporting to payors, administrators, board members, and policy makers in order to improve quality of care and reduce costs. CMT uses data analytics, trend identification, predictive analyses, and care tracking to support and enrich provider health home functions that improve healthcare outcomes, reduce dependencies on such medicines as antipsychotics and opioids, improve adherence to critical health medications, and lessen the utilization of unnecessary intensive services
Central Kansas Mental Health Center was awarded $25,000 to fund a four-bed crisis stabilization and respite program for youth with the goal of diverting youth from inpatient psychiatric hospitalization, foster care, and juvenile detention. The grant provides start up funding needed to prevent youth from being removed from their homes and communities using a fully-staffed, safe, and appropriately furnished crisis house that incorporates a supportive and healing environment as well as evidence-based practices in delivering the services needed for immediate crisis resolution and de-escalation.
Pathway Family Services LLC was awarded approximately $6,000 to fund training and certification for Youth Care Workers to gain the skills and expertise to improve the quality of residential group care. The grant funds will be used to send three Pathway Family Services staff members to the National Residential Child and Youth Care Professional Trainer Certification. These staff members will become certified trainers who can provide trainings in Kansas to Pathway Family Services staff and potentially to other Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facilities across Kansas.
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 to 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 comprised of nine Kansans with a keen interest in mental health issues. Dr. Walter Menninger serves as the Board’s president.