History and Mission
HISTORY: South Central Mental Health opened our doors in 1962 to become one of the first community mental health centers (CMHC) in the state of Kansas. It was recognized by a group of citizens in Butler County that there was a need to address a person’s psychological health in addition to their physical health. In addition, the group firmly believed that persons with severe mental illnesses could be better cared for in their own communities then in the large psychiatric hospitals that existed at that time. Susan B. Allen hospital generously donated space for our fledging organization. “Women’s Worry” educational groups became very popular at the time as did Parenting Teens and Grief groups. The long journey towards reducing stigma regarding mental health and treatment had begun.
In 1965 the Community Mental Health Center Act was signed into law by President John F. Kennedy. The State of Kansas followed with a mandate that all counties in Kansas provide financial support for a local CMHC. The center gave presentations to various county commissions and opened its doors to officials from around the state to help provide models for others to develop CMHC’s. There are now 26 CMHC’s in Kansas.
SCMH has continued to help develop, cultivate, and support social service organizations in Butler County and around the state of Kansas. Our partnerships are wide and varied but our singular goal is simply to assist building healthy individuals and communities in order to help shape promising futures.
MISSION: The Center provides quality mental health services that empower individuals, families, and communities of Butler County to help shape promising futures.
VISION: Exceptional care that results in a meaningful difference.
OUR VALUES: Humility, Optimism, and Strong Work Ethic
South Central Mental Health's First Clinic,Circa 1962. Then known as Butler County Counseling and Mental Health Center