Sumner Mental Health Center on COVID-19

Statement by Sumner Mental Health Center on COVID-19

As a community mental health center, our mission is to provide quality behavioral healthcare to the residents of Sumner County, Kansas. With the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), we have been in contact with the Sumner County Health Department and are carefully monitoring the latest information coming from the State of Kansas and the federal government on how best to continue providing essential services while maintaining the safety and wellbeing of our consumers and their families and our staff.

Sumner Mental Health Center is continuing to schedule both first-time and ongoing appointments. As of today, staff will ask screening questions as to fever and other symptoms concerning you or family members, along with a question about recent travel. If you have a scheduled appointment with us and you or another member of your household has recently had a fever or other virus symptoms, please stay home. This, also, applies if you or member of your household has traveled to certain areas. When a consumer calls to cancel at 620-326-7448, a new appointment can be scheduled following current guidelines. Staff will be available at this same number to assist consumers on medication refill concerns. Some medications may be refilled without an appointment while others cannot be filled without an appointment. If you are in crisis, please inform staff when you call during office hours. After regular hours, please call our 24/7 crisis line at 1-800-369-8222 for emergency services.

We encourage everyone to follow the Kansas Department of Health and Environment guidelines to reduce the spread of this virus through these recommendations:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap for at least 20 seconds
  • Use hand sanitizer if washing with soap is unavailable
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Maintain a distance with others of at least 6 feet
  • Refrain from touching others (handshakes, etc.)
  • Cover sneezes and coughs with your elbow instead of a hand
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces
  • If ill or a family member who you have had close contact with is ill, STAY HOME
  • If you have a fever or cough or difficulty breathing, seek medical attention; particularly, if you are older or have an underlying health condition, such as heart or lung disease or diabetes.

Sumner Mental Health Center will continue to make modifications in services to assist the community in mitigation of the spread of this virus. Staff is working on alternative methods of maintaining contact with our consumers throughout this developing situation, and additional information will be made available on our Facebook page and at www.sumnermentalhealth.org

Terrence Nichols

Author: Terrence Nichols

Terrence Dean Nichols (T.D.) was born and raised here in Wellington, KS. After graduating from Wellington High School in 2008 Terrence focused on his photography and skateboarding while working small part time jobs. Terrence enjoyed working with kids as a Paraprofessional at Washington Elementary for 3 years Before becoming the videographer/film editor for Studio 55 in early 2017.