Janurary 2016 -
Jackson County accepted and accomplished Kanza’s Jackson County Challenge. Through the generous contributions of many businesses and residents in Jackson County, Kanza was able to reach their $10,000 goal by the deadline of December 31, 2015. This money will be matched by a donor to help start the renovation process of the Moser Building in Holton.
Denison State Bank and the family of Jim and Mary Lou Birkbeck jumped right in to start the challenge by each donating $1,000. Another great push came when the Prairie Band Potawatomie Nation awarded Kanza a $5,000 charitable grant.
“The Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation is excited to contribute to KANZA, knowing our donation helped to reach the Jackson County Challenge. The Nation looks forward to the services that will be available to the Northeast Kansas Community once the building is renovated.” - Camilla Chouteau, Tribal Council Secretary
The positive response from the community encouraged Kanza, especially staff member Linda Grimm, to keep knocking on doors to spread the word of the challenge. The Holton Wal-Mart made the final donation of $1,350 to get Kanza to the $10,000 mark. Without these generous donors, the Jackson County Challenge would not have been the success it has been.
Not only did the Jackson County Challenge help raise money for the Center, but it gave an opportunity for David Elsbury and Foundation Board member, Roger Coverdale, to speak to local businesses, school board members, and government officials about the goal of the Jackson County Challenge as well as what Kanza offers the community as a whole.
The money from the Jackson County Challenge will support Kanza starting renovations of the Moser building to accomplish the goal of having all providers located in one building. It will also help to expand services to the area. Kanza will continue to work with the Jackson County Commission and others to identify ways to raise money to continue with the renovations as the projected cost is around $750,000.
Kanza Mental Health and Guidance Center would like to thank everyone who supported Kanza through the Jackson County Challenge. We are happy to be able to expand our services as well as continue to “Build Hope For A Better Tomorrow.”
Janurary 2016 - Members of the Hiawatha community came together on Saturday, January 16 to be trained in Youth Mental Health First Aid. Jolene Lowe, CBS Director and Kailey Patton, Therapist for KANZA Mental Health and Guidance Center lead the training that is designed to teach lay people methods of assisting a young person who may be in the early stages of developing a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis.
The training is vital for members of the public that deal with adolescents (generally defined as 12-18 years) on a daily basis--parents, school staff, sports coaches and youth workers/volunteers. It gives them the tools to recognize someone in distress and the steps to take to help them in an emergency situation. Mental Health issues are becoming more prevalent in this age group and assistance is most relevant when it is first apparent to an adult that a youth or young adult is exhibiting signs. Mental Health First Aid gives our community the tools needed to recognize warning signs to take appropriate action.
The turnout was positive as members from education, nursing, clergy, social work, parents and the Native American Tribes attended. The goal of the training was to increase awareness of mental health and how we can help youth who are suffering from mental health challenges or an emergency receive help.
The Methodist Church Healthy Congregations program will be hosting Adult Mental Health First Aid training on Saturday, February 6, 2016 at 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 in the Fellowship Hall (west entrance). Lunch and snacks will be served, with a grant from the United Methodist Health Ministry Fund, Salina. A manual and training is provided by KANZA and certification is for three years after completion. There is no cost for attending however registration is requested to assist in planning. Continuing education credits can be obtained for this training. To register call 785-742-7113 ext 142 or email Diana Gaddis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.