Once upon a time, Kansas was seen as a model when it came to treating people with mental illnesses. Students flocked from around the world to study at the famed Menninger Clinic in Topeka. The state was at the forefront of the movement to move patients out of mental hospitals and into community health centers. And then things started falling apart. As Heartland Health Monitor’s Jim McLean reports, it’s a story marked by great hopes and then broken promises.
Jim McLean is a reporter for the KHI News Service in Topeka and a contributor to Heartland Health Monitor. This is one in an occasional series of stories on the state of mental health in Kansas. Heartland Health Monitor is a reporting collaboration that looks at health issues in Kansas and Missouri.