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ICYMI: Playbook for Modernizing the KS Behavioral Health System—Bring It! Series (February 16, 2021)

By Carlie J. Houchen, M.P.H., Hina B. Shah, M.P.H., Kari M. Bruffett | February 17, 2021

ICYMI: Playbook for Modernizing the KS Behavioral Health System—Bring It! Series (February 16, 2021)

In advance of the 2021 legislative session, the Special Committee on Mental Health Modernization and Reform was tasked with analyzing the Kansas behavioral health system and developing a strategic effort to modernize it.

On February 16, 2021, KHI Senior Analysts Carlie Houchen, M.P.H., and Hina Shah, M.P.H., and KHI Vice President for Policy Kari Bruffett led the discussion on recommendations developed by the working groups from across Kansas. 

Click here for additional information on the Special Committee, including links to the report and legislative testimony.

The slides and video recording for the first in the Bring It! series are below.

Please note, this convening contains breakout rooms from 40:00-50:20 which are not included in this recording. Summary reports from each breakout room begin at 50:35 in the recording.


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