Kansas Mental
Health Coalition

KMHC Monthly Meeting

  • January 23, 2019
  • 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Valeo Behavioral Health Center Basement Conference Room, 330 SW Oakley, Topeka, KS


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Kansas Mental Health Coalition

Speaking with one voice to meet critical needs of people with mental illness.


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January 23, 2019   Monthly Meeting                         

Valeo Behavioral Health Center, basement conference room, 330 SW Oakley, Topeka, KS

Teleconference access 1-515-739-1285, enter  567518 

Meeting room wi-fi: Guest@ccess


Introductions and sign-in sheet    Eric Harkness, President

Minutes of the previous meeting.   Read minutes.

9:15 a.m. Reports 

   Board of Directors – Met in December.

   Financial Report - if available

   Advocacy Committee –Grassroots Advocacy Network Heather Elliott - Advocacy Day is March 14!  Committee meets following the Coalition today.

   Governor’s Behavioral Health Services Planning Council – reports by members

   Big Tent Coalition - Jane Rhys and Mike Burgess

   KanCare Advocates Network - Sean Gatewood

   Consumer Programs - Corinna West

10:00 a.m. Guest Topic: Legislation proposal to authorize licensed pharmacist to administer a drug by injection pursuant to a prescription order, unless the prescription specifically prohibits such administration - Aaron Dunkel, Kansas Pharmacists Association 

10:15 a.m.  Guest Topic: Supported Decision Making HB 2034 - Jeff Schroeder, Kansas Commission for Developmental Disabilities (Hearing Jan. 24 9 a.m. House Federal and State Affairs Committee)  Links to Talking Points  One Pager  HB 2034

10:30 a.m.  Consensus Issues Development Process continued- 

  • Substance Use Disorders Treatment Issue Paper

10:45 a.m.  Lobbyist Report - Amy Campbell is presenting the Mental Health Task Force Report to the Senate Ways and Means Committee today.  Please review the items below.

- 2019 Mental Health Task Force Report - released January 14 2019

Link to the Report       Link to Report Overview  Link to KHI Process Overview

- Governor Kelly Budget Report and Budget Director's Overview


- Step Therapy Legislation - Step Therapy Statement link - Request: We are looking for one or more individuals with personal stories to share about the effects of fail-first policies in their own lives.

- Kansas Step Therapy Lobby Day with the Kansas Coalition for Treatment Access: February 5th, 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.  Join us in the Statehouse to advocate for patient protection legislation.  This day will provide an opportunity for Kansans to share their story about the importance of medication access alongside the patient advocates in the Kansas Coalition for Treatment Access.  Your voice is needed! 

- House Social Services Budget Committee - Representative Will Carpenter, R-El Dorado, has returned to the Legislature and has resumed his post as Chair of the HSSBC. He has invited organizations to present short overviews of their group, mission, funding sources, primary issues next week.

11:00 a.m.  KDADS Update - Christina Orton, Program Director, KDADS

The agency is now being led by Interim Secretary Laura Howard, also overseeing DCF.  Secretary Keck, Commissioner Fout, and Deputy Secretary DeRocha are no longer at KDADS.

11:25 a.m.  Announcements

11:30 a.m.  Adjourn

2019 Schedule:

Mental Health Advocacy Day:  March 14, 2019

2019 KMHC Meetings: 9 a.m.–11:30 a.m.  Jan 23, Feb. 27, Mar. 27, April 24, May 22, June 26, July 24, Aug 28, Sept. 25, Oct. 23, Nov 27, Dec. 11 or 18  

Board Meetings:  12 noon quarterly the 4th Wednesdays (March 27, June 26, Sept. 25, Dec. 11 or 18)

Advocacy Committee Meetings:   January - March: Friday teleconferences, Meet after Coalition meetings: January 23, February 27, April 24,  May 22, August 28, October 23

For more information, contact: Kansas Mental Health Coalition

c/o Amy A. Campbell, Lobbyist, P.O. Box 4103, Topeka, KS 66604

785-969-1617    campbell525@sbcglobal.net

(c) Kansas Mental Health Coalition, P.O. Box 4744, Topeka, KS  66604  785-969-1617

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