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COMCARE

Crisis intervention services

316-660-7500 – 24-Hour Crisis Line

934 N. Water, Wichita, KS 67203
316-660-7525 – Administrative Office
316-660-1897 (Fax) TTY 1-800-766-3777

Crisis Intervention Services (CIS) is your 24-hour resource for mental health assistance and suicide prevention.

Nearly 70,000 calls are processed through the crisis hotline annually. In addition to telephone intervention, CIS provides face-to-face intervention services, including a mobile crisis unit. When a client comes to the CIS facility, clinical staff are available for intervention, treatment planning or to provide referrals to another community resource. When appropriate, the client will see a medical provider to assess the need for medication. A number of other services are provided under the CIS umbrella, which play a crucial role in helping clients deal with their emergencies. These are described below in greater detail.

Suicide Prevention Services: Crisis Intervention Services is the suicide prevention service for Sedgwick County.  At CIS, priority is given to the assessment and intervention with callers who may be at risk for suicide. CIS is involved with the Sedgwick County Suicide Prevention Coalition.

Stress/Trauma Assistance Team (STAT): The STAT consists of mental health professionals who are trained to help children, adolescents, adults and families following a disaster or traumatic event. The goal of the response team is to provide support, reduce the emotional impact of the incident and accelerate the recovery process. A request for assistance from the team can be made by calling the crisis hotline at 316-660-7500.

Mobile Crisis Unit (MCU): The Mobile Crisis Unit is comprised of two CIS staff – one master’s level therapist and one case manager. MCU services can be requested by calling the crisis hotline at 316-660-7500. The goal of MCU is to provide emergency assessment when the individual is at risk for psychiatric hospitalization and is unable to come to the center.

Community Assessment Program for Seniors (CAPS): This program serves adults 60 years of age or older who are residents of Sedgwick County and are identified as at risk for mental health issues. Referral to this program can come from anyone by calling 316-660-7500. In the CAPS program, therapists meet with individuals at their home for up to three visits at no charge to the senior or their families. The CAPS therapist will assess, intervene or refer as appropriate should the individual need further assistance.

Medicaid Pre-Admission Screening: CIS is responsible for screening adults, children and adolescents who have or are eligible for Medicaid and are being considered for admission to a local psychiatric treatment facility. The pre-admission assessment determines the appropriateness and need for inpatient services and explores other community alternatives.

State Hospital Pre-Admission Screening: CIS is the gatekeeper for the state hospital at Osawatomie. Any individual within Sedgwick County who is being referred for admission to a state hospital must be screened by staff from CIS to ensure the appropriateness and need for state hospital services and to confirm that all appropriate local services have been considered.

Pre-Petition Screening: Crisis Intervention Services works in conjunction with the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s office in the filing of mental petitions (petitions for involuntary treatment). Any individual wishing to file a mental petition without a statement from a physician recommending involuntary treatment will be directed to CIS for pre-petition screening prior to the filing of the actual petition. CIS staff will meet with the petitioner to ensure that the situation meets the criteria for a mental petition and that all efforts have been exhausted to initiate assessment and treatment services at a voluntary level.