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Charlie Griffin named to state mental health task force

Friday, July 12, 2013

Charlie L. Griffin, research assistant professor with the School of Family Studies and Human Services at Kansas State University, has been appointed to the State of Kansas Governor’s Mental Health Task Force, established to re-evaluate the state’s mental health system and determine ways to make it stronger and more effective.

Gov. Sam Brownback has asked the 16-member group to look for ways to enhance collaboration among state agencies that administer mental health programs and to better utilize the resources Kansas devotes to mental health services. Task force members will examine key factors necessary for enhancing community support structures and increasing the capacity of Kansas communities to help those with mental illness.

Griffin has been on the faculty of the College of Human Ecology since 1985 working with rural mental health and family-based business management support. He directs Programs for Workplace Solutions, a project providing training and curriculum development in conflict resolution and mediation, collaborative work skills, facilitation and leadership development with state agencies and non-profits.

He has a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy and was involved in crisis response with the farm crisis since the 1980s, the state All-Hazards Behavioral Health Project and behavioral health responses following the South Central Kansas tornado and Eastern Kansas floods in 2007.

“The experiences and backgrounds of these task force members will be critical in helping us to devise a way forward as we strive to strengthen the current system,” said Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services Secretary Shawn Sullivan, whose agency will oversee the task force’s work.

The state’s multifaceted mental health care system includes the two state mental hospitals and Kansas’ 27 Community Mental Health Centers.

The Mental Health Task Force goals are to:

  • Determine what State Agencies and communities can do to better identify, treat, and support individuals with mental illness to live meaningful and productive lives in their community.
  • Identify and recommend specific community solutions that have the potential to minimize and prevent the exacerbation of chronic mental health conditions and support individuals to live meaningful and productive lives in their community.

Also on the task force are Appointed to the task for by the Governor are: Dr. Rick Goscha, Lawrence; Dr. Karen Countryman-Roswurm, Wichita; Captain Bill Cochran, Topeka; Judge Tom Webb, Sublette; Dr. Steven Davies, Horton; Dr. Rick Gaskill, Wichita; Amanda Adkins, Kansas City; Ric Dalke, Garden City; Dr. Michael Leeson, Lawrence; Becky Gray, Pittsburg; Cathy Ramshaw, Topeka; Pastor David Redmond, Concordia; Les Sperling, Lindsborg and Mark Potter, Cheney; Father Richard L. Daise, Salina.

Prepared by Human Ecology communications

This article was posted on Friday, July 12, 2013, and is filed under Applied Human Sciences, College News.