Community Crisis Center
316-660-7500 – 24-Hour Crisis Line
635 N Main, Wichita, KS 67203
316-660-7525 – Administrative Office
316-660-1897 (Fax) TTY 1-800-766-3777
The Community Crisis Center is your 24-hour resource for mental health assistance and suicide prevention.
More than 70,000 calls are processed through the crisis hotline annually. In addition to telephone intervention, the Community Crisis Center provides face-to-face intervention services, including a mobile crisis unit. When a client comes to the Community Crisis Center facility, clinical staff are available for intervention, crisis treatment planning and to provide referrals to other community resources. When appropriate, the client will see a medical provider to assess the need for medication. A number of other services are provided under the Community Crisis Center umbrella, which play a crucial role in helping clients deal with their emergencies. These are described below in greater detail.
Suicide Prevention Services: The Community Crisis Center is the suicide prevention service for Sedgwick County. At the Community Crisis Center, priority is given to the assessment and intervention with callers who may be at risk for suicide. COMCARE is actively 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 staff - one master's level therapist and one case manager. 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 for assessment. For more information about MCU availability or to make a request for MCU assessment, call the crisis hotline at 316-660-7500.
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. This program is made possible through funding from the Sedgwick County Department on Aging.
State Hospital Pre-Admission Screening: COMCARE is the gatekeeper for Osawatomie State Hospital and the State Hospital Alternative program for Youth. Any individual within Sedgwick County referred for admission to a state hospital or state hospital alternative for youth must be screened by staff from the Community Crisis Center to ensure the appropriateness and need for state hospital services and to confirm that all appropriate local services have been considered.
Pre-Petition Screening: COMCARE 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 the Community Crisis Center for pre-petition screening prior to the filing of the actual petition. Crisis center 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.