Grants will help struggling mental health centers

Good for Gov. Sam Brownback for wanting to add $10 million in funding to treat Kansas’ most serious cases of mental illness. The increase was prompted by the killings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, but the mental health system in Kansas has been struggling for several years with reduced funding and increased demand. Though Medicaid spending has increased significantly in recent years, state grants to community mental health centers were cut by more than $19 million, or 52 percent, from fiscal years 2000 to 2011.