More than 30 Kansas legislators on Wednesday visited the new crisis stabilization center at the Pawnee Mental Health Services facility at 1558 Hayes Drive.
This was the final stop for the group that has been touring mental health facilities across the state this week.
The center is undergoing renovations and is scheduled to open in mid-October.
“I’m really happy we’re getting it done,” said Rep. Sydney Carlin, D-Manhattan.
The center will be a place individuals can use when suffering from mental health problems instead of visiting an emergency room or hospital.
“Our overall goal is to be able to provide all those crisis stabilization services 24 hours a day, seven days a week for the community, for the whole 10-county area,” said Bruce Johnson, services manager for crisis stabilization.
The 10 counties Pawnee serves are Riley, Pottawatomie, Geary, Jewell, Mitchell, Republic, Cloud, Washington, Marshall and Clay.
Johnson led the tour through the new facility, which will house nine patient beds, he said. The facility is painted blue and gray, aimed to bring forth a peaceful atmosphere for patients.
Courtney Graby, crisis therapist at Pawnee, said the setting is definitely calming and open, but also allows privacy for the patients in the facility. She said it is a place where people can “get their head on straight.”
“Having this is going to be huge for the clientele,” she said.
Johnson said the renovations at the facility are ahead of schedule right now.
“We’re kinda excited about that,” Johnson said.
Rep. Shannon Francis, R-Liberal, said it has been positive visiting centers in the Sunflower State.
“It’s important to see the needs of mental health across the state,” Francis said.
The visit by the legislators was the first public viewing of the facility, said Deanna Hall, marketing manager at Pawnee.
At the end of the event, state Sen. Tom Hawk, D-Manhattan, invited the group back to Manhattan to visit restaurants and other places here.