February 2015 - Mental Health First Aid a growing success says National Council on Behavioral Healthcare.
"Now with more than 6,300 instructors, the program has spread to all 50 states. Since 2008, more than 300,000 people in the U.S. have completed the Mental Health First Aid course to learn how to help youth and adults with mental health and substance use concerns connect to care in their communities."
Since May of 2010 Kanza has delivered 16 trainings and trained 248 persons in our four county area. Courses have been held in all four counties. Our post-training evaluation scores show an approval rating of 4.38 on a five point scale.
Kanza's certified adult and youth MHFA trainers are Jolene Lowe, CBS Assistant Director and David Elsbury, CEO.
Kanza has been asked to join with KDADS and the Kansas Department of Education to provide MHFA training for staff of the schools in Brown County.
If you are interested in scheduling a class, please contact David Elsbury at 785-742-7113.
November 2014 - KANZA is proud to be included as one of
eight local non-profit agencies Thrivent Financial is choosing to support in its
second annual "Championing Charities" events in 2015. Hiawatha's event will
occur Sunday, November 16th from 11:30-2:30 pm during the Jingle Bell Ride.
Championing Charities will be located on the square at PRTS 200 Oregon St.
Sabetha's event will occur on Friday, November 28th from 4:30 - 7:30 pm during
the Window Opening event at the Community Center 1116 Main Street. Please join
your friends at KANZA at this Christmas fundraiser event. There will be live
music, a coat drive and food and fun. You can support the KANZA Mental Health
Foundation and the Center's mission of HOPE FOR A BETTER TOMORROW with your tax
deductible donation. Click Here to View Flyers:
Hiawatha Flyer and
May 2014 - KANZA is pleased to announce that it has purchased its first building in Doniphan County to house our agency and its services to the citizens of Doniphan County.
The new facility is approximately 1400 square feet of usable office space and will provide a much improved location for the Center's clinical services in Doniphan County.
It is located at 134 E. Walnut St. on the north side of the Troy town square. Services began at this site on April 15th, 2014.
April 2014 - Mental Health First Aid is an evidence-based practice that provides
the participant skills and knowledge to respond to someone in a mental
health problem or crisis until the person receives professional help.
Persons completing the 8-hour training will be certified mental health
first-aiders for three years. The training also promotes acceptance
and understanding of mental health needs and dispels stigma and fear.
KANZA Mental Health and Guidance Center, Inc. offers training for
adults and adults assisting youth. Persons interested in learning more
view the youtube video and can register for a course by contacting
David Elsbury at 785-742-7113 or at
by visiting the MHFA website at
March 2014 - KANZA launches new website.
Mental Health First Aid - KANZA is the recipient of a $1000 grant from Tower Foundation to support MHFA for Adults assisting Youth. This 8-hour interactive training is ideal for any adult who is supportive of youth age 11 years and up. KANZA also provides MHFA for adults. Interested persons in a training can contact David Elsbury 742-7113 or Jolene Lowe 742-2275 ext. 122.
HEALTH HOME PROGRAM - The State will begin its intensive care management program for persons, adults and youth, experiencing severe mental illness who have Kansas Medicaid, now known as KanCare in July. KANZA is preparing to become a Health Home provider and will work with other healthcare providers in the area to improve Medicaid
consumers access and participation in their own health care. Stay tuned for more information.
Families in Recovery Training occurred at KANZA'S Community Services Building for about 25 staff and a representative of Pony Express NAMI on February 10th. It was provided by the
KU's School of Social Welfare. Family Psychoeducation is a practice that aims to achieve the best possible outcomes for adults diagnosed with a serious mental illness though the collaboration of professionals, consumers and family members.