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Newsroom SRS Transition of Youth Services Successful

Topeka - Youth in need of mental health services in the State of Kansas are now receiving treatment at Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facilities (PRTFs). Kansas Health Solutions, the State’s managed care organization for mental health, successfully began operations on July 1st.

The Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services (SRS) worked with the Kansas Health Policy Authority (KHPA), the Juvenile Justice Authority (JJA), and Level V & VI Service Providers to develop PRTFs in response to recommendations made by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The PRTFs were developed to ensure that they would function within federal guidelines.  

PRTFs provide active treatment in a structured therapeutic environment for children and youth with significant functional impairments resulting from an identified mental health diagnosis, and/or a mental health diagnosis with a co-occurring disorder.  Youth not meeting the guidelines, are placed in a Youth Residential Centers. 

“Kansas youth needing services will be well served under this new system,” said SRS Secretary Don Jordan, “as they will continue to receive quality care in quality settings.”

During the first month of operations, Kansas Health Solutions has processed 218 requests regarding youth who may be in need of admission to a PRTF.  Thirty-three of those requests are in progress, 139 resulted in a youth’s admission to a PRTF, and 46 were diverted to community care. 

Extensive community and provider training sessions were conducted to ensure that systems were fully prepared for the transition and youth did not have any disruption in placement or services. Minor issues were identified and were resolved prior to the July 1 service transition. Post-implementation meetings are being held to support and ensure continued success.