Coordinated Resource Support Services

What does CRSS do?

CRSS is a program supported by both the Mental Health and Developmental Disability components of the Kansas Department for Children and Families. The purpose is to provide crisis intervention and support for individuals with dual diagnosis of a mental illness and a developmental disability.

CRSS takes great pride in its dedication to serving individuals with a dual diagnosis and the agencies that serve them. By continuing as a leader in Kansas, they are networking to effectively provide services to these individuals. CRSS works to stabilize an individual in crisis and prevent the need for hospitalization or institutionalization.Two men playing cards.

In assisting these individuals and the agencies serving them, CRSS makes recommendations relative to environmental, behavioral, psychological, and/or systemic issues that may be contributing to the person's difficulties. Recommendations by CRSS are as comprehensive as possible in identifying issues and recognizing options on an individual basis. To be successful, this process requires assessing the person's current supports, needed supports, communication skills, as well as their overall quality of life. The recommendations are then designed to integrate various community-based resources in order to support and serve that person. Services of CRSS are provided for individuals of all ages.

Where do referrals come from?

Referrals come from CRSS member agencies. For information on becoming a CRSS member please call Patti Blake at 1-620-421-6550, Ext. 1622.

What is dual diagnosis?

Statistics show that 30% of the population with a developmental disability also have mental health issues.

Individuals with a dual diagnosis are often faced with unique problems. Due to their developmental disabilities, they may not "fit in" to community mental health programs. Additionally, because of mental health issues that can evolve into crisis, developmental disability centers are faced with the onging problem of serving consumers in emergency situations. These situations involve psychiatric episodes and often result in major behavioral problems.

When a crisis occurs, frequently the care received is unsatisfactory to all concerned. This is not meant to be critical of current available services, but is a common problem across the state. The agencies that support CRSS have tried to identify the service system needs of individuals with a dual diagnosis, and have made efforts within their professional community to meet the mental health needs of persons who have developmental disabilities.

CRSS attempts to bridge the gaps in the system by addressing those needs and accessing community resources.

Services of CRSS are provided for individuals of all ages.

CRSS Participating Agencies

Service Elements

  • Emergency response and assessment
  • Agency consultation
  • Assistance with treatment planning
  • Coordinate in-patient and out-patient mental health services
  • Respite - emergency and crisis prevention
  • Transportation
  • Facilitation of individual justice plans
  • Follow up
  • Assistance with deinstitutionalization
  • Training and education on dual diagnosis

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