The Flint Hills Community Health Center has received a significant boost to their behavioral health services.
The Health Center will receive a $250,000 grant to expand behavioral health services. The Health Center is one of 221 recipients of grant monies totaling over $54 million, through the Affordable Care Act.
Health Center spokeswoman Jacque Ambrose says they applied for the grant earlier in the year, and they are one of four health centers in Kansas to receive funding for integrated behavioral health. Ambrose says this funding will help their programs grow, both in Emporia and Eureka.
The Health Center will hire psychiatry specialists and licensed special clinical social workers to help meet demand.
In other news, the Health Center has dropped "Lyon County Health Department" from their name, effective Aug. 1. This decision was approved during their last board meeting, and new signage is currently being designed and painted.