Kansas seeks to address prison guard ‘correctional fatigue’

1 | Sep. 22, 2014 | Corrections

Research shows that more than a quarter of corrections officers suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder - comparable to rates among combat veterans.

W.Va. initiative aims to help traumatized children succeed in school

0 | Aug. 06, 2014 | Children, Corrections, Early Childhood, DCF

Members of Kansas' three Citizen Review Panels recently learned about a program that encourages police to notify school officials when a student has been exposed to violence or had a parent arrested.

Group calls for overhaul of sex predator treatment program

0 | Nov. 29, 2012 | Corrections, Hospitals, Mental Health

“We’ve got a problem out there. Let’s understand what the problem is, let’s address it, and let’s make things better,” said Wes Cole, chairman of the Governor's Mental Health Services Planning Council.

Johnson County considers trauma-informed care model

0 | Aug. 13, 2012 | Community Health, Corrections, Mental Health

Underlying the philosophy of trauma-informed care is the premise that crime, drug use and other deviant behavior are often the byproduct of abuse, neglect, violence or other overwhelming personal experiences.

Bill would involve courts in state hospital discharges

0 | Feb. 17, 2012 | Corrections, Courts, Legislature, Mental Health

The House Committee on Corrections and Juvenile Justice heard a bill that would put the courts in charge of deciding when someone who has been charged with a crime could be released from a state hospital.

House committee passes mental health diversion bill

0 | Feb. 15, 2012 | Community Health, Corrections, Agencies, Legislature, Health Care Delivery, Mental Health

The House Committee on Corrections and Juvenile Justice endorsed a bill meant to keep mentally ill low-level offenders out of jail.

Lansing clinic part of state effort to control inmate health costs

0 | Dec. 12, 2011 | Corrections, Health Care Delivery

A year after building a new health clinic inside the state prison here, officials at the Kansas Department of Corrections are so pleased with the results that they are starting to plan for another, perhaps inside the prison at Winfield.

Kansas uses managed care contract for inmate services

0 | Dec. 12, 2011 | Corrections, Health Care Delivery

Kansas has used a managed care company to provide prison health care services since 1988. Correct Care Solutions, the current provider, signed its first contract with Kansas in 2005. The current contract is up for renewal in 2018. Officials said the fact the contract is for a relatively long term allows for more stability and better cost control.

Patient's perspective: Inmate has no complaints about care

0 | Dec. 12, 2011 | Corrections, Health Care Delivery

Three years ago, when Lansing inmate Tavis Moten was 39, he began showing symptoms of kidney failure. "I started swelling up, water started coming out of my pores, I was real puffy," he said. "It's an awful feeling. I wouldn't wish it on my enemy."

Seven state correctional facilities offer specialized care

0 | Dec. 12, 2011 | Corrections, Health Care Delivery

Seven of the state's eight correctional facilities specialize in one or more health care services. Inmates with special health needs are transferred to the appropriate facility when possible.