County Commission to receive conceptual plans for mental health crisis intervention center, housing

The county coordinator of mental health initiatives will present to the Douglas County Commission a conceptual plan for what is now envisioned as a mental health campus.

The coordinator, Bob Tryanski, along with representatives from various county agencies, will share the presentation at a 6 p.m. work session Wednesday. The presentation will cover conceptual plans for a mental health crisis intervention center and housing for those with mental illness, said County Commissioner Nancy Thellman, who has served as the County Commission point person on mental health initiatives. The crisis center and housing units are to be built on a campus north of West Second Street between Alabama and Maine streets.

Thellman said the presentation will reflect how planning for the crisis center and the delivery of mental health services have changed in the past year as the county and Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center started working with the hospital and other agencies on how best to address mental health issues. The group effort resulted in a design for a smaller crisis intervention center, the proposed expansion of services and the realization of the critical role of housing in crisis recovery, she said.

(Read more: LJWorld.com / Lawrence, Kansas)