Kansas Behavioral Health Services


Partnering to promote prevention, treatment, and recovery to ensure Kansans with behavioral health needs live safe, healthy, successful and self-determined lives in their communities.


Kansas communities support prevention and recovery throughout the lifespan.

About Us

The Behavioral Health Services Commission manages mental health services in Kansas, working with 26 community mental health centers across the state. In addition, it oversees addiction and prevention service programs for the State of Kansas, including targeted workforce development initiatives.. In addition, the commission works in close collaboration with the Governor’s Behavioral Health Services Planning Council. The commission is also charged with overseeing the state’s two psychiatric hospitals, Larned State Hospital and Osawatomie State Hospital.

Our work is supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and KDADS. KDADS is responsible by statute and holds the authority and responsibility to coordinate and provide substance abuse and mental health services in Kansas. We promote effective public policy and develop and evaluate programs and resources for behavioral health prevention, treatment and recovery services.

Mental Health & Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment (SAPT) Block Grant

The Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services is offering the public the opportunity to comment on the state’s federal Behavioral Health Block Grant application for fiscal years 2018-2019. The public comment period will run through September 4, 2017.

Please submit written comments to kdads.bhs@ks.gov or mail comments to Kimberly Reynolds, BHS Block Grant Program Manager, KDADS, Behavioral Health Commission, 503 S. Kansas Ave., Topeka, KS 66603.

Mental Health - Substance Abuse SAPT Block Grant Assessment and Plan

Notice of Opportunity to Review and Commment - KanCare Extension

Adverse Incident Reporting “AIR” System Training Video

This AIR system is designed for KDADS service providers and contractors to report all adverse incidents and serious occurrences involving individuals receiving services from the following KDADS programs: Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Waivers, Money Follows the Person (MFP), Behavioral Health, Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRC), Senior Care Act and Older Americans Act. To learn more about AIR and how to make a report to KDADS, please watch the training video. Should you have any additional questions, please contact KDADS.HCBS-KS@ks.gov.

Once the video starts, you can click on the YouTube logo at the bottom of the screen to view the video in full screen mode.

How We Can Assist

Kansas Prevention Collaborative-Community Initiative RFA

KDADS has extended the deadline for Letters of Intent, should additional communities wish to apply for the Kansas Prevention Collaborative-Community Initiative funds, Letters of intent should be submitted to prevprogramreports@kdads.ks.gov by 5 PM on Friday, June 24, 2016.  More information on the RFA can be found here.

Nursing Facilities for Mental Health Work Group Final Report

The final report for the Nursing Facilities for Mental Health (NFMH) Work Group is now available. Click the link below to read the group's findings and recommendations.

If you would like to know more about NFMHs, information for can be found here.

Adult Continuum of Care Committee

At the request of the Secretary of the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services, a diverse group of stakeholders was convened to review the current behavioral health system and make recommendations for how to transform this system.  The Adult Continuum of Care Committee was formed to build upon the work of the Governor’s Mental Health Task Force and Hospital and Home Committee to review and make recommendations for transforming the behavioral health system to ensure an effective array of behavioral health services were available to promote recovery and community integration.

Osawatomie Temporary Census Diversions Process

Program and Renewal Information

Click here to find documents related to the Serious Emotional Disturbance (SED) waiver renewal application.

September is Recovery Month!

A Mental Health Recovery Rally was held September 25, 2015 on the South Lawn of the State Capitol. A copy of the proclamation and of the flyer for the rally can both be found below.