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MHASCK History

The Mental Health Information Center opened in downtown Wichita.


The speaker’s bureau was started with qualified speakers that were available to discuss mental health topics to interested groups.



Recovery, Inc., a nationwide mental health self-help group formed in Wichita and began meeting at the Association. Ted O. Irwin left his position at Larned State Hospital to become Executive Director of the newly renamed Mental Health Association in Sedgwick County (MHASC).

Over 60,000 pieces of literature were distributed by the Association. Almost 3,500 volunteer hours were given my members of the Association. Over 40,000 films were seen by 40,000 people. The Association gave over 200 talks to almost 10,000 people. Over 600 people were referred by the Association for help.



Wichita’s Mental Health Association in Sedgwick County organized the first meeting of Breakthrough, a social self-help group. The first brown bag luncheon series, Learning to Cope, was presented.


The Compeer program began, providing support to consumers through one-to-one friendships.


MHA launched the Pathways program, a program of education/support groups for children growing up in homes where alcohol or drug use is a problem. It was funded by the Venture Grant from the United Way. MHA also sponsored the Council on Adult Abuse Prevention.


Direct Care Services began with the Heartland Reintegration Project, providing attendant care to displaced consumers. MHA continued to provide housing with individual apartments, opening Pinecrest and Exchange Place. Four consumers were employed in MHA programs, through a grant from the Forrest C. Lattner Foundation. 


Approximately 150 persons received either temporary or permanent housing based on their needs. HUD approved funding of $1.2 million to construct 24 units at the Pinecrest site for elderly people. Anxiety and depression screenings were held in May and October, serving over 100 people. Over 400 families received family services; 75 families were given Respite Care. Approximately 200 persons were served through adult case management and other adult services. Over 3,000 people experienced increased awareness and education through the video library and literature.


The first-ever MONOPOLY event raised approximately $13,000 for the Compeer program.


The Agency opened the Counseling Center at MHA to provider outpatient therapy and medication management.



In response to rising suicide rates across Kansas, MHA adopted the Zero Suicide philosophy across the agency. In the first year, we saw a 40% decrease in suicide attempts among our consumers. 


The Sedgwick County Association for Mental Health was accepted as a member of United Fund and helped establish the Mental Health Clinic. 


 Pierre the Pelican monthly child and family mental health newsletters were sent to new parents. Through education surveys, the Association worked to increase public knowledge about the nature of mental illness, the methods used for treating it and the facilities in which treatment is given.


The Comprehensive Mental Health Center opened in Sedgwick County. 



 The first mid-way house was opened for patients in transition from treatment to the community. Free bus rides for county residents to visit relatives in the Larned State Hospital were established. The work being done by the Sedgwick County Association in its Comprehensive Centers was considered so good by the National Mental Health Association, that it is using it as an example for all other local organizations across the country.


Films on mental health topics were available on library loan basis and were viewed by over 40,000 people. Mental health professionals and volunteers presented over 100 programs to the public. Over 80 volunteers were used with support groups, office assistance and distribution of literature. Patient services included personal advocacy for individuals and sponsorship of support group activities



Breakthrough Club celebrated 10 year anniversary. MHA moves into the Mental Health Reform movement with the appointment of Rose Mary Mohr, CEO, to the governor’s task force on Mental Health Reform.


MHA opened two group homes in south Wichita, each equipped to house 15 residents.


With the relocation of patients from Heartland Rehabilitation Center, apartments were opened that provided one-on-one assistance with activities of daily living. Residential Care was founded.



Adult Services assisted 579 consumers. Family and Children Services assisted 1,552 parents and children. The Education Program conducted 1,338 free depression screenings at more than 80 different sites. 


Cero’s Confections was purchased through a grant from the Forrest C. Lattner Foundation to provide a special employment opportunity for adult consumers.



MHA launched its I.C. Hope – Don’t Duck Mental Health Campaign. I.C. Hope is a 6-foot duck mascot bearing a band-aid on his head, reminding us that mental illness is real and treatable and a life preserver around his neck to remind us that every life is worth saving.


MHA opened a 24-unit HUD subsidized senior apartment complex, implemented strengths based case management and integrated dual diagnosis evidence based practices in adult case management, implemented peer-to-peer services, became an employment network under the Ticket to Work program, and Implemented services through the Mid-Kansas Senior Outreach project.

I.C Hope


The Mental Health Association of South Central Kansas changed its name to Mental Health America of South Central Kansas to celebrate our affiliation with Mental Health America. 


MHA responds to the global COVID pandemic by transitioning service to telehealth formats and converting to electronic forms. 


MHA celebrated our Diamond Anniversary, 60 years of serving South Central Kansas,  with the first Beautiful Minds Gala. 
We also welcomed Mary Jones as our new CEO/President. 

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