Area residents with questions about mental health issues have a chance to consult with experts Thursday at the Eisenhower Presidential Library.
The Library will host a Kansas Town Hall discussion panel featuring six experts in mental health and community corrections at 7 p.m. Thursday. The program is part of President Barack Obama’s call for a national dialogue on issues affecting mental health.
Panel participants include:
• Robbin Waldner Cole, executive director, Pawnee Mental Health Services
• Steve Kmetz, executive director, Salina Rescue Mission
• Meredith Butler, director, 8th Judicial District Community Corrections
• Rick Cagan, executive director, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Kansas
• Paul Smith, NAMI Flint Hills, representing family members of individuals with mental illness
• Larry McRell, J.D., chief public defender, North Central Regional Public Defender Office, Junction City
The program will be moderated by Charlie Griffin, associate with the Institute for Civic Discourse and Democracy and research assistant professor with the School of Family Studies and Human Services at Kansas State University.
Griffin will explain the purpose and procedures of the discussion and introduce panelists. Each panelist will have 10 minutes to provide information followed by questions and answers from the audience. Audience members will be able to submit written questions to the moderator. Handouts and resource information regarding mental illness and services will be available.