Kansas Mental
Health Coalition

KMHC Monthly Meeting

  • February 22, 2023
  • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Zoom link sent after RSVP


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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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February 22, 2023

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

Minutes of the previous meeting.   See Draft

9:35 a.m. Reports 

   Board of Directors - next meeting is March 29 - note this will be the fifth Wednesday of the month.

   Financial Report Amy Campbell 

   Advocacy Committee – Colin Thomasset / Monica Kurz - PLEASE SIGN UP NOW!  Mental Health Advocacy Day is March 7 at the Kansas State Capitol. Advocates are encouraged to sign up for the NAMI Smarts advocacy training event March 6.  Ready to volunteer?  Contact Madison@namikansas.org and she will give you a job.

   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 / Nancy Jensen

   Parity Committee -  Amy Campbell / Rick Cagan - new webinar available featuring Sunee Mickle, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas.  Providers are encouraged to participate in the 2023 Provider Parity Survey - Letter    Survey Link  Examples

   Suicide Prevention Coalition / 988 Crisis Line - Monica Kurz

10:00 a.m.  Lobbyist Report    Amy Campbell

  • State MH Hospitals Budget - both subcommittees endorsed the Governors Recommendation   Testimony
  • Check out the KSNT Inside Kansas Politics episode featuring several KMHC members talking about mental health policy and hospitals.
  • KDADS Budget - Senate Ways and Means Human Services Subcommittee recs will be Tuesday at 12 noon.  House Social Services Budget Committee recs Monday at 3:30 pm   Testimony
  • KDHE Budget - HSSBC recommended many enhancements, including increased physician reimbursement rates and a $20 million fund for rural hospitals serving the uninsured.  These (and other) enhancements approved to help the uninsured, while the base funding for Medicaid Expansion was removed.
  • Repaired link for DCF and KDADS Overview presented to House Health and Human Services link to PDF 
  • Repaired link for Behavioral Health Commission overview  link to PDF
  • KSNT Inside Politics Episode: https://www.ksnt.com/inside-kansas-politics/kansas-mother-pushes-for-mental-health-advocacy-bill/ 

10:30 a.m.   Consensus Policy Development 

Issue Papers and Summary of Consensus Priorities - PRIORITIES DOCUMENT

Cannabis Draft Proposal followup - Read Here - Nick Reinecker

11:25 a.m.  Announcements

11:30 a.m.  Adjourn

2023 Schedule - Jan 25, Feb 22, Mar 29, April 26, May 24, June 28, July 26, August 23, September 27, October 25, Nov 15, Dec 13

Board Meetings: 11:45 a.m. quarterly the 4th Wednesdays (March 29, July 26, Sept. 27, Dec. 13)

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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