Kansas Mental
Health Coalition

KMHC Monthly Meeting

  • February 24, 2016
  • 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Valeo Behavioral Health Center, 330 SW Oakley, Topeka, KS

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Kansas Mental Health Coalition

Speaking with one voice to meet critical needs of people with mental illness.

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February 24, 2016   Monthly Meeting                         

Valeo Behavioral Health Center - 330 SW Oakley, Topeka, KS - Basement Conference Room 

(teleconference access 1-877-278-8686, enter  982797 use codes: *7 mute / *9 unmute)   

Meeting room wi-fi: Guest@ccess

9:00 a.m.

Introductions and sign-in sheet           Eric Harkness,  Vice President

Financial Report           Andy Brown, Treasurer

Please renew your membership at KMHC website - the site will generate an invoice to pay by check.  Contact Amy if you have questions.

Minutes of the previous meeting.   Read Minutes.

9:15 a.m. Reports 

   Board of Directors -  next meeting is March 23.  There are several open board positions for election at May annual meeting, email Stephen Feinstein if you are interested in serving.

   Advocacy Committee –Grassroots Advocacy Network -    Eric Harkness, Chair 

   Mental Health and Aging Coalition - Nancy Trout

   Governor’s Behavioral Health Services Planning Council – Wes Cole

   Update on Blue Cross Blue Shield behavioral health changes - Sky Westerlund

9:30 a.m. KDADS Update  - Interim Secretary Tim Keck 

State Hospitals (decertification, recertification, funding and GBA, consultant, privatization RFP, declassification of employees, amending catchment areas, proviso blocking privatization RFP without legislative approval, staffing)

Other KDADS issues and legislation.


10:00 a.m.  Juvenile Justice Reform - SB 367 - Randy Bowman, KS Dept. of Corrections

SB 367 — Amendments to the juvenile justice system.  Juvenile Justice Reform – close YRC II facilities to fund community based services and probation oversight.  Committee held one week of testimony supporting and opposed – Feb 1 – Feb 5.  Committee action expected Monday Feb 15.  http://www.kslegislature.org/li/b2015_16/measures/sb367/


10:30 a.m.  Legislative Update   Amy Campbell

First Turnaround has been moved up three days to February 23rd.  Legislators will work to pass all bills through their "House of origin" - the chamber where the bill was introduced, by Tuesday. This likely means they will be working bills on the floor most of the day on Monday and Tuesday.  You can see the list of bills on general orders by viewing the House and Senate calendars at www.kslegislature.org.  You can also listen to the debates online.  Then, legislators will go home and return Wednesday, March 2.  Bills that are not exempt from deadlines must have passed at least one chamber by First Turnaround.

Read the 2016 List of Legislation KMHC is following as of 2-12-16


11:00 a.m. Issues of Interest - Action Items 

Consider Adoption of Tobacco Cessation Position Paper 

Feedback on 2016 Position Papers:  Medicaid Expansion

Inpatient Mental Health in Crisis    

Community Based Mental Health: Repair the Safety Net


11:25 a.m. Announcements

11:30 a.m. Adjourn


For more information, contact: Kansas Mental Health Coalition

c/o Amy A. Campbell, Lobbyist, P.O. Box 4103, Topeka, KS 66604

785-969-1617, fax: 785-271-8143  campbell525@sbcglobal.net


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