The Lawrence Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees agreed to proceed with a program to provide residential housing for people suffering from long-term mental illness in Lawrence.
The trustees, who did not vote on the issue but discussed it among themselves, also decided to seek help in funding the project from the city and the county.
Hospital officials also indicated that they expect to get a grant from the Wesley Foundation in Wichita to pay half the $100,000 in expected first-year costs of the program.
Under the proposal, which is being co-sponsored by LMH and the Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center, the mental health agency would lease four apartments, and a full-time residential service coordinator would be hired to provide housing and assistance for people suffering long-term mental illness.
Steve Ensinger, assistant executive director for nursing service at LMH who is coordinating the program for the hospital, said he will begin preparations to apply for the Wesley Foundation grant, and expects to have the housing available in 1991.
In a matter that required a vote, trustees unanimously approved a new smoking policy at the hospital that will take effect Jan. 1, 1991.
Under the plan, employees and visitors would be forbidden to smoke inside the hospital or on hospital grounds. And patients would be permitted to smoke only with a written order from a physician.