On June 8, 2020, Sumner Mental Health will begin offering limited in person services under a phased plan to ensure an orderly, safe care environment for both consumers and our staff. As of this date, any person who calls to schedule an intake appointment will be offered the option of either a tele-health or an in person appointment. If you want to schedule an intake to begin services as a new consumer or you already have an intake appointment after June 8, 2020, please call 620-326-7448, Ext 251 for information.
During the month of June, tele-health will continue to be the primary way that services are delivered to our consumers as we continue to monitor the impact of the reopening of Sumner County on Covid-19 cases and slowly increase the volume of in person services offered. Consumers currently having telehealth therapy appointments may be offered the option of in person services in June as our therapists alternate schedules working at our location to control the number of individuals here at the same time. For existing consumers, your therapist will discuss your options with you in the first few weeks as we begin opening. Medication management services and most community services will remain using telehealth for appointments in June.
Until further notice, the doors of our building at 1601 West 16th Street Wellington, Kansas, will remain locked during office hours on Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. For those consumers transitioning to in person services in June, you will remain in your vehicle when you arrive (excepting those coming on the Futures bus or intake consumers) and call 620-326-7448 to inform staff of your arrival. You will be given a health screening and informed of the requirement to wear a supplied face mask and follow physical distancing while in the building. This procedure is similar to what you may have followed in visits to your family physician or a visit to your pet’s veterinarian.
All consumers returning to in person services or new consumers will be required to sign an Informed Consent form that provides additional information on our safety guidelines.
Crisis services are available by telehealth or in person, as needed, during office hours by calling 620-326-7448 and informing staff of the need for emergency services. After hours, weekend, and holiday 24/7 emergency services will continue, as usual, by calling 1-800-369-8222 to report a crisis or you can go to the nearest hospital emergency room; directly to the emergency room at Via Christi 3600 East Harry St, Wichita, Kansas, or to the Comcare Crisis Center 635 North Main, Wichita, Kansas.
Additional information will be provided as our reopening moves forward to include additional services and increased in person appointment times.
Sumner Mental Health Center is committed to providing compassionate, comprehensive and individualized treatment that meets the complex needs of individuals and families. We endeavor to deliver the highest quality and cost-effective treatment for behavioral, psychiatric, and/or addictive diseases.
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Sumner Mental Health Center, in it's various forms over the years, is a state licensed community mental health center providing comprehensive behavioral health and addiction services to Sumner County for 48 years. Mental health services began in Sumner County in 1969 as a result of JFK’s 1963 CMH Act. The intent of this legislation was to eliminate the warehousing of individuals with mental illness in state hospitals, which was common prior to this legislation. This was to be accomplished by providing mental health services in the local community to prevent or limit the lengthy hospitalizations. SMHC began life as a satellite office of South Central Mental Health and Counseling Center, Inc. in Butler County. In the beginning one therapist came to Wellington several days per week. By 1975 there were 3 full-time therapists, one part-time therapist, and a part time psychiatrist providing behavioral health services in Wellington.
Sumner Mental Health Center became incorporated as an independent community mental health center in 1983. In the 1980s the deinstitutionalization movement was in full swing with the impetus on developing community based services, including Community Support Services for adults with severe and persistent mental illness and Children’s Community Based Services for children with serious emotional disturbances. As SMHC grew it consecutively occupied several offices in Wellington until building its current office space in 1995. SMHC averages approximately 50 staff members, with 17 licensed clinical professionals and contracts for psychiatric medical coverage 4 days per week.
Sumner Mental Health provides services from birth through geriatrics. While our clinicians are considered generalists, there are many who have developed expertise in areas such as infant mental health, play therapy, childhood trauma, marriage and family therapy, crisis services, faith based services and cognitive behavioral approaches as well as other specific treatment modalities.
Sumner Mental Health Center also has a long tradition of providing consultation and education to area agencies and organizations. Currently, we have representatives participating in the Tiny-K Advisory Committee, the Sumner Health Advisory Council, Multidisciplinary Team and the Futures Unlimited Behavior Support Committee. Of note is our history of children’s programming in the areas of infant mental health, therapeutic preschool services and more recently, the expansion of school-based therapeutic services by providing clinical staff in the county’s school districts. Several of these programs have achieved national prominence resulting in publications and national level presentations.