Douglas County Commission to hear project management proposal for behavioral health crisis center

photo by: TreanorHL/Contributed graphic

This graphic shows plans for a Crisis Center, a transitional group home (Tier II) and a 10-unit apartment complex (Tier III) on the site of the planned Douglas County Recovery Campus, to be built northeast of West Second and Maine streets.

County leaders will soon learn more about plans for project management for the Crisis Intervention Center on the Douglas County Recovery Campus.

Douglas County commissioners will hear from Bob Tryanski, the county’s director of behavioral health projects, during their 4 p.m. Wednesday work session. A proposal from LMH Health that is included in the meeting agenda lays out some details of how the hospital would contract with the county to provide project management services for the center.

The Crisis Intervention Center, or CIC, is part of a larger behavioral health campus planned to be constructed at West Second and Maine streets. In a November 2018 election, county voters overwhelmingly approved a quarter-cent sales tax to fund the campus, which will also include supportive housing components, as well as other mental health and substance use treatment services.

Derrick Hurst, currently director of the Integrated Crisis Team at LMH Health, will lead the project, according to the proposal; Karen Shumate, the hospital’s former chief operations officer, will serve as project coordinator and facility design lead.

In addition, the proposal says the CIC team has identified CXNS Health Strategies as a possible consultant for the project at a projected cost of $53,000 this year and $54,000 in 2020. According to its website at, CXNS is a branch of Connections Health Solutions, which operates similar centers in Tucson and Phoenix, Ariz.

Altogether, the cost estimate to the county for LMH Health’s project management and CXNS consultation is not to exceed $125,000 this year and $180,000 in 2020, according to the proposal. For 2021, it’s projected to be $10,000 per month. The proposal lists an anticipated project start date of June 2019.

The commission does not take formal action during work sessions.

In other business:

At their 5:30 p.m. regular meeting, commissioners will hear a presentation from Jan Shupert-Arick, program coordinator of the county’s Heritage Conservation Council, as well as the council’s recommendations for Natural and Cultural Heritage Grant Awards for 2019.

Nine recommended grants, totaling $135,000, range from $5,000 to $35,120. Among them are:

• $35,120 for the Winter School, a one-room schoolhouse near Lecompton (requested $58,314)

• $31,750 for Baldwin City’s Pioneer Cemetery and prairie heritage preservation (requested $38,720)

• $28,930 for bell tower restoration at First United Methodist Church of Lawrence (requested $51,055)

• $10,000 for Haskell Memorial Stadium archway rehabilitation (requested $69,789)

In its 2019 budget, the commission cut $115,000 to the Natural and Cultural Heritage Grants program, the Journal-World has reported. Shupert-Arick’s presentation notes that HCC is requesting the restoration of those funds for 2020 “in order to oversee effective and meaningful grant and survey programs.”

The Douglas County Commission will meet for its 4 p.m. work session and 5:30 p.m. regular meeting Wednesday at the county courthouse, 1100 Massachusetts St. Complete agenda materials are available online via

Editor’s note: This story has been corrected from a previous version.

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