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.

Mental Health & Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant Public Comment

A public comment session was held at the April 19, 2017 Governor's Behavioral Health Services Planning Council in order to discuss the Federal Mental Health and Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant.  A recording and transcript of the session are provided below.

Block Grant Public Comment Audio
Block Grant Public Comment Session Transcript 4-19-17

Further Public Comment

Notice of Opportunity to Review and Commment - KanCare Extension

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.

Adverse Incident Reporting “AIR” System Training Video

Kansas Department for Health and Environment (KDHE) understands that Nursing Home social workers are sometimes the person who sits down with the family to fill out the Medicaid application. Knowing this we have created this how-to video to help people understand the KanCare application and how to fill out the form. It also includes advice of what to send in with the application for faster processing.

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.