Kansas governor announces plans for former Rainbow Mental Health Facility

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Kan. Gov. Sam Brownback has announced a plan to reopen a Kansas City, Kan., mental health center with the help of private agencies to serve as a 10-bed "crisis stabilization" facility.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports the former 50-bed Rainbow Mental Health Facility would be converted into a 10-bed center that would provide a temporary place for law enforcement to refer Kansans suffering from mental illness.

Under the governor's plan, the Kansas Department for Aging Disability Services would contract with the private Wyandot Center to administer services at Rainbow for $3.5 million per year for three years. The remainder of the facility's $7 million operating budget would go to Osawatomie State Hospital, which would get 111 jobs previously located at Rainbow.

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