City of Wichita signals support for psychiatric hospital in Sedgwick County

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) – The Wichita City Council is due to table a resolution in support of a state-run mental health facility in Sedgwick County at its meeting next Tuesday, April 5.

The Council’s agenda for its next meeting includes the background and analysis of the resolution and a recommendation that the Council adopt it.

“The Sedgwick County region is experiencing a crisis of mental health, substance abuse and homelessness,” reads the background to the city council’s agenda item. “Osawatomie State Hospital and Larned State Hospital are at capacity, with a long waiting list to access care.”

Background information accompanying the resolution also indicates that the Sedgwick County Jail is overburdened, with approximately 75 percent of inmates suffering from mental health problems and/or substance abuse and between 2019 and 2021, the number of inmates taking psychiatric drugs , has increased by more than 35 percent.

“The Sedgwick Borough Association has asked all Borough Councilors to consider adopting a resolution in support of a state-funded psychiatric hospital in the Borough.

“A state psychiatric hospital in the Sedgwick County area would fill significant gaps in care, location, resources and available services for the safety and appropriate treatment of individuals suffering from mental health and/or substance abuse problems,” the statement said Analysis of resolution said on Wichita City Council meeting agenda.

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