Our current system is underfunded, suffers from unacceptably long wait lines, and fails to treat the individual through support services. Sedgwick County and other counties, stakeholders, and mental health organizations in the region should work together to consider a regional mental health hospital that would be available for adults with or without insurance
There is a significant overlap between our criminal justice system, homelessness, and mental health issues. Addressing the root cause of the issue rather than the symptoms will free up our first responders.
Long-term solutions to address mental health issues are a must. The criminal justice system and our homeless population are jammed with people suffering from mental health issues. The current waitlists for care, and the short-term nature of services, must be addressed.
Grants to address community mental health exist but, unfortunately, we do not have a county department researching and applying for these grants.