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Labette Center for Mental Health Services Partners with Community Corrections

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Labette Center for Mental Health Services Partners with Community Corrections

Parsons, Kansas – Labette Center for Mental Health Services (LCMHS) has accepted a contract with the11th Judicial District Community Corrections which will allow the Center to create a new case management position. This position will employee a case manager who will work with Community Corrections to aid in the goal of providing treatment to those individuals who are in need of both behavioral health care and Community Corrections supervision.

The funding for this added position to Labette Center has been made possible by money awarded through a state program grant created to support the Justice Reinvestment Initiative (HB2170). During a statewide examination conducted by the Council of State Government Justice Center, it was determined, among other programs, funding would be provided to Community Corrections agencies throughout the state to assist in the behavioral health needs of the individuals for which they serve. In Labette County, the 11th Judicial District determined there to be a significant need for these individuals to have a steady contact between Labette Center and Community Corrections. This new position will help individuals reach the necessary goals to work toward completing their requirements in these programs. Through this funding, and ultimately the creation of this new position, there is a hope of “filling the gap” for individuals who are served in both the community corrections and mental health fields.

“This venture is an exciting project that will provide a needed service to those clients that both we and Community Corrections serve,” stated Matthew Atteberry, Executive Director. “We are looking forward to exploring this process and working with Community Corrections.”

This Case Management position will provide care coordination to individuals that have mental health and/or substance use disorders and have been assigned to 11th Judicial District Community Corrections for community supervision. This new staff position will provide support to those individuals in making arrangements for care and working with community corrections staff to connect to necessary services in the community. This position will provide support to ensure that individuals have access to mental health treatment by serving as a liaison between LCMHS and Community Corrections in setting up treatment, providing short-term case management, skills building, outreach, and in the needed treatment programs. The goal of this program is to help implement a self-sustainment of being a productive member of the community by learning and improving on coping skills and identifying resources for independence in work, home and education.

Misti Mustain, Director of Clinical Services, stated, “We hope that, through this program, we are able to work together and address issues that may create barriers in a timely and effective manner for offenders receiving mental health or substance use treatment.”

Labette Center is now accepting applications for this new position. For information on how to apply for this position please contact Natasha Purcell, Human Resource Coordinator at 620-421-3770 or email her at hr@lcmhs.com.

Labette Center for Mental Health Services provides a full range of mental health and substance abuse services to clients of all ages, and works closely with local agencies to provide the best care possible. The professionals at LCMHS work tirelessly to create hope and opportunities for life change by providing education, support, consultation, and therapeutic behavioral health services to the people and communities of Labette County.

For additional information contact:

Monica M. Simpson – Public Relations Specialist

Labette Center for Mental Health Services

PO Box 258

1730 Belmont

Parsons, KS 67357

620-421-3770

Monica@lcmhs.com

www.lcmhs.com

or

Tracy Harris

Director

11th Judicial District

Community Corrections

602 N. Locust

Pittsburg KS 66762

(620) 232-7540 Ext. 217

tracyh@11thjd.org

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