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Expanding Behavioral Health Services

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 12:00pm

Douglas County is working with a broad coalition of health care agencies to build an integrated system of care that moves from crisis and illness as a norm to recovery and prevention as a practice.

The County Commission has approved several measures to serve residents with mental illness and substance use disorders, including building a crisis center and supporting staffing and programming in newly constructed transitional housing.

Collaborating with key stakeholders such as Lawrence Memorial Hospital (LMH), Bert Nash, DCCCA, Heartland Community Health, Heartland Regional Alcohol & Drug Assessment Center (RADAC), the Lawrence Douglas County Housing Authority, and other key mental health and substance use disorder partners, the county has developed plans to build an integrated system of care that moves from crisis and illness as a norm to recovery and prevention as a practice.

The crisis center would be a $6 million, 23-bed facility for stabilization, medication assisted detox, sobering services, and short-term respite stay constructed on land adjacent to Bert Nash and staffed by health care specialists.

In addition, the County has developed plans to support staffing and programming at new supportive housing – both transitional and permanent – near the crisis center, thus creating one campus close to the services of Bert Nash, Heartland Community Health, and LMH.

The half-cent sales tax before voters this spring would provide funding for this enhanced commitment to meeting the health care needs of our community. If approved, funding from the sales tax would support the construction and operations of the crisis center as well as $5 million in annual financial support to partners for other mental illness and substance use disorder programs.

Douglas County Crisis Center Campus     Douglas County Crisis Center Campus


Crisis Center Annual Operating
Cost Estimates
(in today's dollars)
23 Hour Observation/Tier 1 Bert Nash  $           1,362,978.00
Sobering Heartland RADAC  $               530,103.00
Detox DCCCA  $               455,653.00
Administration/Operations    $               723,376.56
Medical Staffing LMH/Heartland Health  $               945,068.46
  Operating  - Subtotal  $           4,017,179.02
  Net Revenue  $             (746,287.00)
  Net Operating Expense  $           3,270,892.02
Transitional and Permanent Supported Housing  
  Bert Nash Net Expense  $               417,256.18
  DCCCA Net Expense  $               180,117.84
  BN & DCCCA Outside grants/matching funds  $             (200,000.00)
  LDCHA - Permanent Supported Housing  $                 80,000.00

 $               477,374.02

Mobile Response and 24/7 Crisis Line  
  Mobile Response Team  
  24/7 Crisis Line Partnership with Headquarters  
  Subtotal  $               750,000.00
  MyStrength Wellness and Recovery App  
  Zero Suicide Initiative  
  Douglas County Opioid Summit  
  Extend WRAP to Baldwin, Eudora, Lecompton  
  Subtotal  $               514,000.00
  Total Expense  $           5,012,266.04


The purpose of this information is to educate the public. We encourage all Douglas County residents to learn more about mental health and substance use disorder issues in our community, the proposed plans for the crisis intervention center and related services, and the costs of the project, in order to make an informed decision about these issues.

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