Lawrence, KS Is Working On An Alternative to Jail For Those With Mental Disorders
The continued underfunding of mental health services has been a problem for decades and is a contributing factor to overcrowding in jails and prisons across the country. Over time communities, counties and states have come to understand that they cannot afford the cost of housing those with mental disorders in jails and prisons. Last year Kansas City, Mo opened a Mental Health Crisis Center to help police identify and divert those with mental disorders and drug problems from jail to treatment. Lawrence, Kansas and Douglas County is now working on a plan to address the issue of housing for those with mental disorders in their community.
Host Teresa Wilke talks with Mathew Faulk, Housing Program Manager for Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center in Lawrence, Shannon Oury, Executive Director of the Lawrence/Douglas County Housing Authority and Bob Tryanski, Douglas County Director of Behavioral Health Projects about the new efforts they are making to change outcomes for those with mental disorders that get entangled in the justice system.
24-HOUR NUMBER (785) 843-9192
Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center
200 Maine Street
Lawrence, KS 66044
Fax: (785) 843-2219
website – https://bertnash.org/
Lawrence/Douglas County Housing Authority
1600 Haskell Ave # 187, Lawrence, KS 66044
website – http://www.ldcha.org/