KDADS, Family Service & Guidance Center work together to provide crisis treatment to families

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) – KDADS and the Family Service & Guidance Center have partnered to provide crisis treatment for families.

Governor Laura Kelly said the Behavioral Health Services Commission of the Kansas Department of Aging and Disability Services has partnered with the Family Service & Guidance Center in Topeka, Inc. to provide immediate crisis services to families. and young people with emergency mental health problems.

“We are always looking to involve community partners and provide families with a more stable, long-term solution to mental health and addiction treatment,” said Secretary Howard. “This agreement raises the bar and allows us to move forward with the goal of providing immediate access to care in a safe therapeutic environment and we believe that our work with the Family Service & Guidance Center is important to achieve the objectives and results of the program that we have set. . “

According to Governor Kelly, KDADS has awarded FSGC $ 312,500 over 15 months with potential for annual funding extension using funds from lottery vending machine revenues. She said the FSGC will use the money to meet three needs, as stated in its agreement with KDADS. She said those needs are as follows:

  • Expanding the capacity of FSGC’s crisis recovery program for the stabilization of youth and families across Kansas for children ages 5 to 17, in a therapeutic environment, who require an episode of immediate or intermediate care. a maximum of 28 days for the resolution of psychological and substance abuse symptoms and impairments or until the family breakdown involving the child can be stabilized.
  • Creating a strategically designed program for vulnerable populations that incorporates a flexible and secure design scheme that will allow program and operations to scale efficiently and cost effectively.
  • Recruitment and retention of a workforce who have received cross-training to treat children and families who may seek its services for various crisis situations, including substance use disorders.

Governor Kelly said the specific counties served by the grant include Shawnee, Douglas, Jackson, Jefferson, Leavenworth, Lyon, Osage, Pottawatomie, Riley and Wabaunsee. She said the agreement also offers services to young people from other counties when needed, so no exceptions to the service will be made based on location.

According to Governor Kelly, KDADS and DCF know that these crisis services are necessary to prevent and mitigate family disruption and the placement of children and youth in residential treatment centers or foster families due to a crisis. behavioral health.

“I am excited about the opportunity to implement a program that we believe will be effective in reducing the demand for admission of children and youth to private psychiatric hospitals or PRTFs by addressing the need for stabilization of crisis in this population. Said Commissioner Andy Brown. “Combined with DCF’s initiative for mobile crisis response services, we expect positive results for many young people. This program offers a real opportunity to demonstrate a regional solution that expands the care system and creates new access points for families in need of help.

“Our mission at FSGC is to provide high quality behavioral health services to children and families, and we deeply appreciate the support from KDADS so that we can continue our mission,” said Brenda Mills, CEO of Family Service & Guidance Center. “The number of children with mental health and substance abuse disorders is alarming and continues to grow. Expanding our crisis program will help meet this challenge by enabling us to implement a more comprehensive program tailored to meet these urgent needs. “

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