Douglas County Commission to consider expanding intensive behavioral health program

photo by: Mackenzie Clark

The Douglas County Courthouse, 1100 Massachusetts St., is pictured on March 13, 2019.

Douglas County commissioners on Wednesday will consider expanding a wraparound behavioral health program to make it available seven days a week.

Intensive Care Coordination, or ICC, services are made available to some clients who visit the emergency room, have contact with law enforcement or are referred by a community partner as a result of mental health or substance use crises.

ICC links and engages those individuals with needed community resources, to troubleshoot “both personal and systemic barriers that have prevented clients from regular engagement in the past,” according to a memo to the commission from Bob Tryanski, the county’s director of behavioral health projects.

Since it came online in February 2018, the program has “experienced explosive growth,” Tryanski wrote in the memo. It has had 763 referrals since April 2018.

In part, the expansion would make ICC services available seven days a week and would focus additional resources to serve clients of the Lawrence Community Shelter.

For the remainder of 2019, the expansion would add $60,000 to the $180,000 contract with Heartland RADAC for a total of $240,000. To continue in 2020, the cost would be $340,000. Funding would come from the county’s behavioral health sales tax budget.

The commission will meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Douglas County Courthouse, 1100 Massachusetts St., with a light agenda, following three mornings’ worth of budget hearings. Complete agenda materials are available via douglascountyks.org.


Update

June 26, 2019: Douglas County Commission approves expansion of care coordination; Kelly requests race data


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