Kansas City Assessment and Triage Center
Truman Medical Centers and Other Area Hospitals
Kansas City, MO
In 2014, a group of stakeholders in Kansas City – including representatives from law enforcement, hospitals, courts, city government, mental health, and homeless shelters – started convening monthly to determine how to provide appropriate help to individuals with behavioral health issues who don’t require inpatient treatment but, because of their behavior, often end up at the emergency department (ED) – or in jail. Without any initial funding behind them, the group researched, discussed, and brainstormed, eventually developing a unique solution. After two years, the group received funding from St. Louis-based Ascension, the City of Kansas City, area hospitals, and the Missouri Department of Mental Health, and opened the Kansas City Assessment and Triage Center (KC-ATC) in October 2016.
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