Improving Behavioral Health in Douglas County
Douglas County is working with partner agencies to improve and expand behavioral health care in Douglas County by focusing on three key areas: prevention, integration, and access.
Rising to the Challenge: New Directions in Behavioral Health
The “Rising to the Challenge” digital report is designed to share the multi-faceted and collaborative work being done to improve and expand behavioral healthcare in Douglas County, Kansas. The Community Health Plan outlines ways to improve the behavioral health of Douglas County residents by focusing this work in three key areas: 1) Prevention, 2) Integration, and 3) Access.
Behavioral Health Report 2023
Douglas County community agencies are working together to provide a behavioral health system of care. They are prioritizing prevention, promoting integration and increasing access to care. Among the efforts are: launching the Engage Douglas County coalition, implementing the Handle with Care program, increasing supportive housing, and opening the Treatment and Recovery Center.
988 offers 24/7 access to trained crisis counselors who can help people experiencing mental health-related distress. That could be:
- Thoughts of suicide
- Mental health or substance use crisis
- Any other kind of emotional distress
People can call or text 988 or chat 988lifeline.org for themselves or if they are worried about a loved one who may need crisis support.
988 serves as a universal entry point so that no matter where you live in the United States, you can reach a trained crisis counselor who can help.
Mobile Crisis Response Services are short-term, face to face services designed to restore a person’s mental health functioning level to pre-crisis levels. Crisis assessment, intervention, and stabilization services are provided on-site where the individual is located. Mobile Response will respond to a person in mental health crises in the location where they are experiencing their crisis. Crisis is defined by the person but can include, and is not limited, to psychoses, suicidality, serious mental illness, substance use, and more. All Mobile Response Team referrals from the Douglas County Crisis Line will be for people who have consented to have a team sent to their location.
To access this service for yourself or a community member, begin by dialing the Douglas County Crisis Line at 785-841-2345
Mobile Crisis Response Team Availability:
- 7 Days/Week, 8AM - 2AM
- The Mobile Crisis Response Team will be made up of four teams consisting of a therapist and case manager, and at times, a Peer Support Specialist with lived experience of mental health crises.
How to Dial & Request this Teams Services:
- Begin by calling the Douglas County Crisis Line, 785-841-2345, after reaching the Douglas County Crisis Line a counselor will complete a Mobile Response Screen, and determine if the call is eligible for Mobile Response Team Support & determine if the caller consents to Mobile Response Team Support.
- After that a shift supervisor from the Douglas County Crisis Line will contact the Mobile Crisis Response Team Supervisor to request dispatch and receive an estimated response time
- The counselor will then relay the response time and remain connected with the caller until Mobile Crisis Response arrives
Highlights the collaborative work that is being done to improve and expand behavioral health care in Douglas County. This digital report outlines programs and services that have been implemented during the past five years. These services include a mobile crisis team, a Treatment and Recovery campus and an array of post-crisis community support services.
Prevention is central to helping maintain a healthy community, heading off behavioral health crises before they start. Here, you’ll see the work we’re doing to educate youth and adults about how to maintain a healthy lifestyle, noticing the signs of depression and anxiety and taking positive steps to address them.
Integration encompasses our community’s efforts to ensure that the different components of our medical and emergency ecosystems interface smoothly and efficiently to best serve the behavioral health care consumer. We’re making it easier for individuals to heal, recognizing that health is complex and multifaceted.
Access demonstrates our commitment to the belief that all Douglas County residents deserve affordable, local behavioral health care that fits into their busy lifestyles. We’re increasing community resources – from supportive and transitional housing stock to crisis services and psychiatric medical service...