Kansas Mental
Health Coalition

KMHC Monthly Meeting

  • July 28, 2021
  • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
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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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July 28, 2021 

9:30 a.m.  Welcome and Introductions     Mary Jones, President

Minutes of the previous meeting.   Read minutes

9:45 a.m. Reports 

   Board of Directors - next meeting September.

   Financial Report Amy Campbell - Dues are due now. Please log in to the website to renew membership.   Our annual cost for the website will increase this fall.

   Advocacy Committee –Grassroots Advocacy Network - 988 and 2022 Advocacy Day February 

   Governor’s Behavioral Health Services Planning Council – Wes Cole, Chair

   Big Tent Coalition - Mike Burgess

   KanCare Advocates Network - Sean Gatewoo

   Consumer Programs - Matt Spezia, P3

   Parity Committee - Amy Campbell - Meeting with Commissioner Thursday.  

   988 Advisory Council - Mary Jones, Monica Kurz

10:00 a.m.   Member Focus:  Changes at Florence Crittenton -  Providing quality trauma-informed care through residential and outpatient services.

10:30 a.m.   Lobbyist Report     Amy Campbell

Legislative Coordinating Council establishes 2021 interim committees:  Kancare Oversight, Legislative Budget Committee, Child Welfare System Oversight, Special Committee on Home and Community Based Services Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Waiver, Special Committee on Child Support Enforcement and Collection, Special Committee on Federal 340B Drug Program - among others.  See list.

Robert G. (Bob) Bethell Joint Committee on Home & Community Based Services/KanCare Oversight - August 10-11 - conferees must sign up to speak by August 2 and submit testimony by August 6.  Link here.

Mental Health Medication Advisory Committee - KDHE - August 10, 2021  Link here.  Proposal in discussion:          CAPLYTA®, FANAPT®, REXULTI®, VRAYLAR®, LATUDA® (MUST MEET ALL OF THE FOLLOWING▪ Must have had an adequate trial (at least 2 weeks for each agent at maximum tolerated doses) of at least  3 chemically unique antipsychotics (not including different salt formulations) listed in Table 1 below (Abilify, Risperdal, Seroquel, Zyprexa, Geodon, Fazaclo, Clozaril, Saphris, and Invega) before trying the newer agents in the same atypical antipsychotic class.  (NOTE: the language was pulled from an email, not a published agenda.)

AG Derek Schmidt announces historic settlement in ongoing opioid litigation efforts.   Structure of settlement is in discussion with advocates hoping the long-term distribution will not dilute impact.

ARPA Funds - KDADS Plan for FMAP Enhancement

Governor's Recovery Office and SPARK process will operate under legislative oversight for ARPA Funds distribution.

11:00 a.m.  Agency Update:  Sarah Fertig, Medicaid Director

11:25 a.m.  Announcements

11:30 a.m.  Adjourn

2021 Schedule:  Jan 27, Feb 24, Mar 24, Apr 28, May 26, June 23, July 28, August 25, Sept 22, Oct 27, Nov 17, Dec 15

Mental Health Advocacy Day - Virtual Event:  February 17 - 24, 2021

Board Meetings: 12 noon quarterly the 4th Wednesdays (March 24, June 23, Sept. 22, Dec. 15)

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

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