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Grant would help Sedgwick County plan ‘one-stop shop’ for mental health needs

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Wednesday, August 29, 2012, at 6:52 p.m.

Sedgwick County will apply for a $21,250 grant from the Kansas Health Foundation to help it plan a “one-stop shop” for people with mental health needs.

Commissioners approved the grant application Wednesday.

Comcare, the county’s mental health services center, would use the grant money to hire Wichita State University’s school of community affairs to collect and analyze data and to pay for the first phase of architectural and engineering plans.

The one-stop shop would replace Comcare’s crisis intervention services program, which serves about 3,000 people a year.

Comcare says in its grant application that it is equipped to handle behavioral health crises “but oftentimes a client will be experiencing both mental and physical symptoms,” including overdoses from medicine or illegal drug use and intoxication.

The one-stop shop would be a less expensive alternative to sending people to emergency rooms.

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