New mental health triage center planned in Kansas City

Written by Muleskinner Staff

By MARGARET STAFFORD

(KANSAS CITY, Mo., AP) — A new assessment and triage center is expected to open in eastern Kansas City next year to alleviate a shortage of treatment spaces for those suffering from mental illness and substance abuse.
Attorney General Chris Koster announced Wednesday that the center will be funded largely by proceeds from the sale of two Kansas City-area hospitals by St. Louis-based Ascension Health in February. As part of the sale, Ascension, a non-profit organization, agreed to set aside $20 million for charity care.
Koster said negotiations between several parties led to an agreement that the $20 million will be spread over 10 years to fund the center. It is expected to open July 1, with 16 beds to stabilize, assess and triage people with behavioral health problems.