In the years between World War II and John F. Kennedy’s presidency, Kansas transformed its mental health system. Taking what had been among the nation’s worst systems, and turning it into one of the best. A new round of reforms rejuvenated the system in the early 1990s. But as Heartland Health Monitor’s Jim McLean reports, the failure of successive governors and legislatures to fund those reforms is now threatening to reverse years of progress and the future of the state’s largest mental health hospital.
This is part two in an occasional series on the state of mental health care in Kansas. Click here for part one.