Research Category: Mental Health


Sustaining School-Based Health Services in Missouri

November 15, 2017

To date, the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City (HCF) has provided nearly $7 million in grants for school-based health services, particularly mental health services. Schools are an ideal setting for health service provision, as the context allows participation by parents, students, and teachers together. Private philanthropy can’t sustain...


Understanding the mental health system in Kansas

October 18, 2017

To assess how well the mental health system in Kansas serves the population, policymakers can consider the need for mental health services as well as the capacity of the current system. The Kansas Health Institute has prepared a report that provides a brief overview of the mental health system in...


Kansas Medicaid: Experiences of adults with serious mental illness

August 19, 2017

This project surveyed Kansas Medicaid (KanCare) enrollees with serious mental illness (SMI) about their experiences with the KanCare program. In particular, the project sought to assess participants’ overall satisfaction with KanCare, their access to services, and their unmet needs. The authors surveyed a total of 189 KanCare enrollees using services...


Kansas Medicaid: Evaluating Program Satisfaction, Access to Care, and Unmet Needs of Adults with Serious Mental Illness

May 31, 2017

This project surveyed Kansas Medicaid (KanCare) enrollees with serious mental illness (SMI) about their experiences with the KanCare program. In particular, the project sought to assess participants’ overall satisfaction with KanCare, their access to services, and their unmet needs. The authors surveyed a total of 189 KanCare enrollees using services...


Community Health Improvement Plan 2017-2019, Johnson County, Kansas

April 12, 2017

Johnson County's Community Health Improvement Plan based on the county's health assessment.


Adverse Childhood Experiences Among Kansas Adults

March 1, 2017

Researchers have demonstrated a link between adverse childhood experiences (ACE) of abuse, neglect and family dysfunction and health status later in life. This may be explained in part by a toxic physiological stress response, such as elevated stress hormone levels, to multiple stressors, which may have damaging effects on a...


Budget Basics: Mental Health

February 1, 2017

Mental health services are funded through Missouri’s Department of Mental Health (DMH), which plays a critical role in providing access to mental health care for 170,000 adults and children in Missouri who struggle with serious mental illness, substance abuse, or developmental disabilities. The majority of treatment is provided through a...


Budget Basics: Child Welfare

Child welfare programs focus on the safety and protection of children and youth in Missouri. Preventing child abuse and neglect (CA/N) has profound implications, not only for protection of children in the short-term, but to prevent damaging and costly long-term consequences. The lifetime cost of CA/N per child has been...


Place Matters: Life Expectancy in Eastern Jackson County

January 5, 2017

Average life expectancy is one of the most fundamental measures of the health of a population and community. In this report, we present average life expectancy estimates for all ZIP Codes within our service area, which includes all of Jackson County except the areas within the city limits of Kansas...


Local opportunities to support school-based behavioral health: Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

July 1, 2016

School health services play a critical role in ensuring that children and youth have access to high-quality, affordable health care. By providing physical health, mental health, oral health, and youth development services on school campuses, school-based health centers (SBHCs) and other school health providers positively impact students’ health and learning....

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