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COMCARE

Community Support Services

1929 W. 21st St., Wichita, KS 67203
(316) 660-7700

What is this service?

Community Support Services (CSS) helps residents with serious mental illnesses learn to live successfully in the community and avoid admission/readmission to a state hospital.  

Whom does this program serve?

Consumers of CSS services will have been diagnosed with serious psychiatric conditions such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or major depression; may have been hospitalized at least once in their lifetime or  have been institutionalized for long periods of time; have difficulty with social relationships, meeting their basic needs, maintaining a home or a job; or require court ordered treatment.

How can I get involved in this program?

COMCARE’s Assessment Center at 934 N. Water, provides same-day assessments to new clients and is available when the need for mental health or addiction services arises.  Our goal is to connect you with services as quickly as possible.  Walk-ins welcome, no appointment necessary Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Services Provided by CSS

Case Management - Case management services are provided to individuals to help them obtain and learn to use needed community resources in the areas of housing, medical services, financial support, social interaction, education, and employment, as well as how to cope with symptoms and stigma of mental illnesses. Some examples of assistance include: how to get back into school, care for a pet, obtain Social Security benefits, use a food bank or get food stamps, arrange for nursing services, problem-solve and cope with new events, and explore new life goals related to rehabilitation and recovery.

Discharge Team - This is a specialized team that works directly with the state psychiatric hospital staff to carry out the most effective and timely return of a patient to his or her community. This team includes an Osawatomie State Hospital liaison who goes to the state hospital each week to participate in the discharge planning.

Community Integration Program - This program involves a variety of psychosocial rehabilitation treatment groups that help consumers manage their mental illness. The primary groups are focused on symptom management, coping skills to prevent crisis, social and recreational skills, pre-vocational skills training, and programs for those with co-occurring substance abuse disorders. 

Medical Clinic - The clinic staff consist of psychiatrists, advanced registered nurse practitioners (ARNP) and registered nurses (RN) who provide medication and wellness education for symptom management.

Community Nursing - Registered nurses and licensed mental health technicians provide consumer supports from a nursing perspective, offering in-home assessments, medication planner set-up, medication and related health education, and home visits.

Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment (iDDT) - A specialized case management team works in collaboration to provide individual and group treatment of co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse disorders.

Supported Employment and Education Services (SE/ES) - Employment and education specialists provide direct assistance to overcome the symptoms of mental illness related to employment, including a skill and interest assessment, resume writing, interview practice, career exploration, job placement, workplace and classroom accommodations, student financial assistance, coursework selection and other supports related to returning to work or school. Specialists work closely with employers and consumers to enhance job retention.

Peer Support Services – Providers who have their own lived experience with mental illness and mental health treatment provide individual and group supports to help consumers practice recovery skills such as making personal recovery plans, self-advocacy in treatment, goal setting and taking advantage of resources in the community.

Attendant Care – Attendant care is provided by contract with the Mental Health Association. This service provides individualized support in the person’s home or while participating in community activities. They also contribute needed assistance with daily living activities, work toward goals developed by the consumer and case managers, and provide social support needed to participate in normal community activities.