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Discussion Continues on the Mental Health Modernization and Reform Report

MentalHealth (Jan. 20, 2021) – Today, the House Health and Human Services Committee, chaired by Representative Brenda Landwehr (R-Wichita), continued their review of the recommendations around mental and behavioral health, which were a part of the interim Special Committee on Kansas Mental Health Modernization and Reform. The House Health Committee received updates today from several special committee members that chaired working groups throughout the process.

Today's presentation included:

  • Rachel Marsh, CEO, Children's Alliance of Kansas, who discussed the 2020 Mental Health Reform recommendations and highlighted components of the modernization vision related to prevention and education policy and treatment working group;
  • Andrea Clark, Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services Behavioral Health Commission and co-chair of one of the working groups, who presented recommendations on system capacity and transformation; and
  • Sandra Berg discussed the specifics of the Telehealth working group recommendations.

The chair indicated the committee is likely to see several bills related to the work of the Special Committee throughout the 2021 legislative session.