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Coordinated Respource Support Services

What does CRSS do?

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

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

In assisting consumers and the agencies serving them, CRSS makes recommendations relative to environmental, behavioral, psychological, and/or systemic issues that may be contributing to the consumer'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 consumer'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 the consumer. Services of CRSS are provided for individuals of all ages. There is no fee. Individuals who are not currently served by an agency may also be referred if they are in crisis and demonstrate significant need related to behavioral or developmental needs.

Referral Process

Requests for CRSS involvement are made by calling Parsons State Hospital and Training Center at 620-421-6550, Ext. 1859 or 800-362-0390, Ext. 1859 during office hours. During non-office hours, the operator can be asked to page on-call CRSS staff. Crisis support service is available 24/7, including holidays. The referring source will be asked to state the problem, barriers to service and specific objectives which CRSS might accomplish. CRSS involvement should be as consistent as possible with any known treatment plan already in place by any agency already serving the consumer.

Where do referrals come from?

Referrals come from consortium agencies' case managers, social workers, agency administration or other specified designees. Referrals should only be made after exhausting their known resources. Referrals from other sources (police departments, SRS, family members, etc.) are referred to the appropriate agency or support service, which can then request CRSS involvement.

What is dual diagnosis?

Statistics show that 30% of the population with 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 develop 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. There is no fee. Individuals who are not currently served by an agency may also be referred if they appear to have mental health needs and developmental disabilities.

CRSS Participating Agencies

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