Pawnee Psychological Well being requested nearly double its earlier allocation from the Riley County Fee on Thursday, citing elevated demand for psychological well being and substance abuse companies.
Riley County’s price range for the psychological well being service supplier is presently $300,000. The company is asking for $596,000 for 2022 on the grounds that that’s equal to the per capita fee of the ten surrounding counties that additionally use Pawnee’s companies.
That quantity would assist cowl the prices of uncompensated care to Riley County residents, Robbin Cole, government director of Pawnee, stated on the Thursday fee assembly.
“Definitely if there’s capability in Riley County’s price range for a rise, we might completely be glad about that consideration, however I’d actually request that Riley County preserve its funding at its 2020 degree and 2021 degree of $300,000,” Cole stated.
Cole beforehand reported to the fee that Pawnee noticed a drop in folks reaching out for companies in 2020, seemingly due to folks staying house throughout the pandemic, however that quantity has risen above pre-pandemic ranges in simply the previous few months, she stated. Pawnee has contracted with two different tele-health suppliers to accommodate this want.
In March, the Disaster Stabilization Heart noticed the very best variety of assessments because it opened in November 2019 at 225 disaster assessments and 53 admissions.
The final excessive was reported the earlier month in February with 219 assessments.
Earlier than the pandemic, the middle admitted about 30 folks, and from March to December 2020, the typical was 39. Since January, that quantity has elevated to 46.
Pawnee is a non-public, non revenue licensed neighborhood psychological well being middle and substance use remedy facility that serves 10 counties in north central Kansas.