Governor Kelly announces that new youth mental health hospital will begin providing care in Hays


Written by: Press release Posted by David Elliott
Publication date: 25-01-2023

Governor Laura Kelly announced that Camber Children’s Mental Health (formerly KVC Hospitals) is expected to begin accepting patients and providing care at the new children’s hospital in Hays in early February.

Governor Kelly first announced the partnership between Camber and the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS) to open a modern acute facility in December 2021 to serve the needs of youth in Western Kansas.

“Like much of the country, we are at a mental health crisis point here in Kansas,” said Governor Laura Kelly. “This hospital will provide the necessary resources and care to young Kansans facing mental health crises. I am impressed by the dedication the leaders of KDADS and Camber have shown to not only youth in the western Kansas, but also to the communities that this center will affect.”

The contract agreement between KDADS and Camber, effective through June 30, 2027, specifies admissions to a licensed 14-bed hospital for youth up to the age of 18 with up to 10 no-eject no-reject State Institutional Alternative (SIA) beds targeting patients from the catchment area of ​​Larned State Hospital (LSH). This recently refurbished center will also continue to provide the psychiatric residential treatment facility (PRTF) services currently provided by Camber at Hays.

“The opening of this center in Hays presents a unique opportunity to expand capacity and meet the needs of mental health disorders for children and young people, and as I have said before, this comes at a time of critical implications around the issue of child psychiatric services.” said KDADS Secretary Laura Howard.

At this state-of-the-art facility, Camber’s mental health and medical care professionals will provide both inpatient and residential treatment to young people who need intensive support to help them stabilize, build resilience and develop coping skills so they can return to school as soon as possible. able to return home. safely as possible to continue outpatient treatment in their community.

“We are grateful for the opportunity to expand our services in Hays and surrounding communities so that we can further increase the positive impact these services have on children’s lives when they need it most,” said Bobby Eklofe, Chairman from Camber Children’s Mental Health. “This new treatment facility is equipped with the latest technology and safety monitoring in a welcoming, child-centered space, enabling children to receive critical therapeutic treatment as and when they need it in an atmosphere that promotes healing and well-being.”

In addition to government funding, the opening of Camber Hays is due in part to the generosity of several private organizations. The Patterson Family Foundation, Robert and Patricia Schmidt Foundation, and the Dane G. Hansen Foundation have each made significant financial contributions to support children’s mental health through Camber’s extensive services. Camber Hays will be able to help 600 young people each year struggling with suicidality, depression, anxiety, the effects of trauma, self-harm and other mental disorders closer to home.

Inpatient acute treatment Includes full medical, clinical and nursing assessment within the first 24 hours of admission, intensive psychiatric care and medication management, individual, family and group therapy sessions, case coordination, 24/7 support and supervision from Camber’s skilled nursing staff, and innovative treatment and education to teach young people about their brains and how to regulate their emotions.

Families, community mental health centers, caregivers, schools and agencies seeking youth mental health services can contact Camber’s admissions team 24/7 at 913-890-7468.

(Information courtesy of the Governor’s Office.)

Governor Kelly announces that new youth mental health hospital will begin providing care in Hays

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