The E.R. and county jail becoming face of Kansas mental health care

From left, U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, Newton city manager Bob Myers, Newton Dept. Police Chief Craig Dunlavy and Newton Medical Center CEO Val Gleason stand in an office space at NMC recently converted into a police office. The office helps address security issues caused in part by an increasing uptick in patients with behavioral health issues and the security incidents such issues can cause. Gleason said the state's declining behavioral health care infrastructure has often made the hospital the front line when it comes to treatment options. Photo by Adam Strunk.

By Adam Strunk Larned State Hospital has a wait time of one to two days. For Osawatomie State Hospital, it's three to seven days....

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