South Central Mental Health is a community mental health center that is dedicated to providing the highest quality of mental health treatment that can be obtained anywhere. Our services are offered to everyone regardless of severity of illness or income level. As a not for profit organization we can establish sliding scale fees for individuals without insurance coverage. No resident of Butler County is refused services for inability to pay.


South Central Mental Health Counseling Center opened its doors in 1962 to become one of the first community mental health centers in the state of Kansas. A few years later, when it was mandated that all counties in Kansas provide financial support for community mental health centers, SCMH provided the model for other centers to develop programs. Center staff gave presentations to various county commissions and opened its doors to officials and mental health professionals from around the state whom were interested in developing their own CMHC's. There are now 26 Community Mental Health Centers in Kansas.

From the beginning we have been a leader in the development of social services in Butler County. SCMH was instrumental in bringing services for the MR/DD population to the county in 1962 and encouraged and nurtured the development of the Big Brothers (now Big Brothers/Big Sisters) of Butler County in 1965. In 1990, The Mental Health Reform Act became law in Kansas with the intent of reducing hospitalization and treating individuals with severe mental illnesses more effectively in the community. Since that time, South Central Mental Health has consistently had the lowest rates of hospitalization of any CMHC in the state.

Our Mission/Values

SCMHCC Mission Statement: The Center provides quality mental health services that empower individuals, families, and communities of Butler County to shape promising futures.

Vision Statement: Exceptional care that results in a meaningful difference.

Our Values: Humility, Optimism, & Strong Work Ethic.

Evidence Based Practices

Evidence Based Practices are interventions or procedures in the medical or mental health field that are proven effective based upon a high volume of scientific research and study. Unfortunately, studies demonstrate that individual practitioners and organizations do not necessarily engage in the best practices and in fact may provide treatment that is not proven effective. South Central Mental Health is committed to providing Evidence Based Practices. Some of these interventions would include Cognitive-Behavorial Therapy; Trauma Based Cognitive Behavorial Therapy;, Dialectical Behavorial Therapy; Supported Employment; Strength Based Case Management; Community Support Services; and structural Family Therapy. Positive Behavior Support (PBS).

Board of Directors

Darrell Whitney, Board President
Charles Hart, Vice President
Keith Geist, Treasurer
Cathy Cox
Patricia Stapleford
Sherrill Herndon




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