FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 28, 2016
Officials with the City, state and ReDiscover today cut the ribbon on the Kansas City Assessment and Triage Center (KC-ATC), which formally opens Oct. 31 to provide rapid access to triage, stabilization and follow-up services for individuals experiencing a mental health or substance-use crisis.
The KC-ATC, located at 2600 E. 12th St., receives referrals from the Kansas City Police Department and area emergency rooms. This first-of-its-kind center is projected to serve more than 6,000 individuals a year, easing the burden on emergency room and law enforcement resources and possibly setting the example for other communities to follow.
Mayor Pro Tem Scott Wagner, one of the chief proponents of the center, was generous with his praise for the entire City Council and all of the officials who worked to make this project a reality.
“It was a community-wide solution to a community-wide problem, and I am very excited for this opportunity,” Wagner said.
Data from the Missouri Hospital Association shows that Kansas City emergency rooms received 17,000 visits per year from patients with substance-use disorders and serious mental illnesses. Many had histories of repeated emergency room visits, with some as high as 100 visits annually.
“At the KC-ATC, we are committed to not becoming just another revolving door,” says Lauren Moyer, vice president with ReDiscover. “We will provide a warm hand off to community resources in order to decrease the over usage of more costly interventions like the hospital and jail.”
There are 16 slots available at the 24-hour KC-ATC — eight in the Sobering Unit for those presenting primarily with a substance-use disorder and eight in the Stabilization Unit for those with a primary mental health issue. The maximum length of stay is 23 hours. Individuals are assessed upon arrival and once stabilized, they will engage with a licensed social worker and case manager to determine a successful discharge plan. Discharge plans may include behavioral health outpatient or residential services.
The Center is a public and private partnership between Kansas City stakeholders and the Missouri Department of Mental Health, the Missouri Hospital Association, Ascension, the City through involvement of the Municipal Court and Police and Fire Departments and area hospitals — HCA Midwest Health, Truman Medical Center, Saint Luke’s Health System, North Kansas City Hospital, Prime Healthcare and Liberty Hospital.
The KC-ATC will limit referrals during week one to those from KCPD’s Crisis Intervention Team. Beginning Nov. 7, referrals will be extended to the entire Kansas City Police Department. Authorized area emergency rooms may begin making referrals on Dec.1.
For more information contact, Cheryl Nash, ReDiscover Director of Communications, 816-347-3201/816-510-8552 or firstname.lastname@example.org.