Weather Update

November 22, 2013: The Area Mental Health Center office in Ulysses closed at 3 p.m. due to the weather.

As always, if you or someone you know is having a mental health crisis, please call 1-800-259-9576. The line is answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week regardless of the weather.

Stay safe and warm!

September is Prevention Month

Each year SAMHSA sponsors Recovery Month in September to communicate the importance of recovery, prevention and education for behavioral health. Please visit www.revoverymonth.gov for more information and be sure to check back on our website for more!

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Weather Update: 2.21.2013

Update @ 9:48 a.m.

AMHC offices in Garden City, Dodge City, and Ulysses will be closed on 2.21.2013.

Our Scott City office will open at 12 p.m. CST today and remain open for the remainder of normal business hours.

If you are having a mental health crisis, please call 1.800.259.9576, as this line is answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Due to the inclement weather, Area Mental Health Center will not open until 12 p.m. CST at all of our locations. This includes: Garden City, Dodge City, Ulysses and Scott City.

Please continue to check back here for updates as they are available. Updates will also be posted on our Facebook page and Twitter.

If you are having a mental health crisis, please call 1.800.259.9576, as this line is answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Celebrating 50 Years of the Community Mental Health Act

 

 

A Message from Patrick Kennedy:

Fifty years ago today marks President Kennedy’s historic message to Congress on mental illness. It was in this message that JFK began laying the ground work for what would be the first mental health bill to be introduced and passed into legislation.  My uncle had the profound realization that as a country, we could no longer continue the inhumane institutionalization of those with mental illness.  This message led to the signing of the Community Mental Health Act on October 24, 1963.

I ask you all to join with me in celebration of this remarkable legislation and all it did to advance community mental health on October 23 – 24, 2013.  It will be a time to reflect on all the progress we have made in the past fifty years and to identify the initiatives we need to continue to work on in order to have another fifty years of progress for those with mental illness.

There will be many opportunities to participate in the celebration.  On October 23, 2013 I will be hosting the Kennedy Forum on Community Mental Health Gala at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston, MA.  This private gala will be coordinated with mental health organizations from around the country that will be able to participate via webcast of the gala keynote speaker program live at each of their celebrations.

On October 24, 2013 the Kennedy Forum on Community Mental Health Conference will take place in Boston, MA.  Advocates, academics, researchers, practitioners and politicians will be invited to come and reflect on current topics in the field of mental health through expert panel discussions and a keynote luncheon program.
I hope you’ll all join me in honoring the work of President Kennedy in the field of community mental health and work with me to create ideas for the next 50 years of mental health policy.  In the words of JFK,

“The mentally ill and thementally retarded need no longer be alien to our affections or beyond the help of our communities.”

It is with this thought in mind that I urge us all to come together in order to progress the research, care, science and policy in the field of mental health.
I look forward to celebrating with people all across the country on October 23 – 24, 2013.

Area Mental Health Center Receives Rental Housing Grant Award

Area Mental Health Center has received a $64,000 rental housing grant award. Funding is available for housing and rental deposit assistance for individuals with severe mental illness residing in Ford and Finney Counties. Funding for the award is provided through the Kansas Housing Resources Corporation Tenant Based Rental Assistance Program.

 “We are excited to have this opportunity through our agency to help individuals in Finney and Ford counties,” reports Khristy Guebara, Director of Community Support Services for Area Mental Health Center. “Our hope is to have an impact on as many individuals as we can. Our organization strives to offer comprehensive services in order to encourage these individuals to lead the best life possible.”  

 The purpose of the TBRA grant is to provide rental assistance to residents in the two counties. Under the terms of the HUD HOME Program, tenants must be at or below 60% of the area median income and must have documentation that they have a severe mental illness. Rental assistance is up to 24 months. Tenants must select units of their choice throughout the two counties in independent living units.

 Applicants must complete an application with Area Mental Health Center and be approved for assistance prior to move in. Documentation including a birth certificate/social security card, verification(s) relating to severe mental illness and third party income verification are required for completed applications. Rental units selected must pass U.S. Housing and Urban Development Housing Quality Standard inspections prior to move-in.

 Applicants will be processed on a first come first served basis. Area Mental Health Center Community Support Services is located at 3000 N. 14th Street in Dodge City and at 531 Campus View Street in Garden City.  Application hours are from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm- Monday through Friday.  

 For additional information contact Khristy Guebara at 620.275.9434 in Garden City or Nichole Vontress at 620.227.5040 in Dodge City.