KCK mental health center closed temporarily


KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) A mental health center in Kansas City, Kan., will close temporarily after failing a state fire inspection.

Kansas officials say Rainbow Mental Health will close while it completes about six months of work to fix the worst fire hazards. However, an eight-bed unit will continue to operate. Eight patients will be able to stay as long as four days before being moved to a state mental hospital in Osawatomie if needed.

Rainbow Mental Health has 36 beds to house mentally ill people brought in by Wyandotte and Johnson counties.

The Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services met Thursday with law enforcement officials and state lawmakers to discuss the situation.

The Kansas City Star reports that the Osawatomie hospital will open a 30-bed unit for Rainbow patients.


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