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Corrections mental health position filled

By Kristina Jackson

Riley County Community Corrections has filled a position to offer mental health services to its clients.

Brett Bruning started last month in his position as care coordinator with Pawnee Mental Health Services. Since that time, Bruning has been helping to identify those in the system who might benefit from mental health and substance abuse treatment.

“I’ve just been coordinating services and identifying what the needs are,” Bruning said.

Community Corrections Director Shelly Williams said the process starts with a risk assessment of the offender. Those who are identified as moderate to high risk are then referred to Bruning so he can figure out their needs and refer them to the resources for that problem, such as substance abuse.

“You’re not targeting the very high or low risk,” Williams said. “You’re targeting those most likely to change their behavior.”

Bruning said he has already identified 40 corrections clients with mental-health needs.

“We’re really excited,” Williams said. “Our employees can focus more on the criminal thinking, and he can take more of this kind of intervention.”


Riley County Emergency Management is finally ready to replace its old radio equipment, which should make it easier for all its services to stay in touch in an emergency.

Bids for the radio were opened in October, but according to Emergency Management director Pat Collins, many of the bids did not meet the specifications required by the county.

The county was looking to purchase portable and mobile radios for its ambulances, but it needs them to be similar to those the department already uses in order to cut down on training time. Because the original bids did not meet these requirements, the county asked for more bids.

On Thursday the commission split the bid according to the recommendations of Emergency Management staff with the purchase of Kenwood radios from KaComm of Manhattan and Motorola radios from TBS Inc. of Topeka.

Collins said the radios would be purchased with grant money from the National Fire Administration.

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