Rebroadcast Of Alternatives To Jail For Those With Mental Disorders In KCMO and Lawrence, KS

Kansas City Mental Health Crisis Center

We replay a segment from July of last year.
The idea of a triage center for police to take people with emotional or intoxication problems instead of jail has been successful in other cities. There was already a plan in place when a funding source became available as the state negotiated with Ascension Health over the sale of two Kansas City area hospitals. State law required profits from the sale go to a not for profit effort in the same community as the hospitals. The Kansas City Assessment and Triage Center suddenly had $20 million headed its way — $2 million a year over the next 10 years.

Host Nancy Leazer talks with Stephanie Boyer, Program Director of the Crisis Center about their cooperation with the police, how they help their clients and the money saved by diversion from jail.

Address – 2515 E 12th St, Kansas City, MO 64127

Lawrence, KS Is Working On An Alternative to Jail For Those With Mental Disorders
We replay an episode from December of last year

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. 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 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
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Lawrence/Douglas County Housing Authority
1600 Haskell Ave # 187, Lawrence, KS 66044
(785) 842-8110
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The JoJR Calendar for the week of August 6th

The Criminal Justice Task Force will meet Monday, August 6th from 6:45 to 8:45 pm at the Church of the Good Shepard, 4947 Chouteau Drive, KCMO. The Criminal Justice Task Force mission is to lobby the Missouri State Legislature for sentencing laws that are fair and basic human rights of those that are incarcerated. For information contact Robin Johnson at 816-522-4081 or email:
The Kansas City Chapter of Missourian’s For Alternatives to the Death Penalty will meet Tuesday, August 7th from 6:30 to 8pm at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, 4501 Walnut, KCMO. They will be discussing plans for future activities, the Pope’s ban on the death penalty and they hope you remember you to vote before coming to the meeting.
Mothers of Incarcerated Sons and Daughters will have their monthly meeting Saturday, August 11th from noon to 2pm at the Waldo Branch Library, 201 East 75th Street, KCMO If you have a loved one that is incarcerated and need advice and support MISD has members that may be able to help.