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High Plains to celebrate 50 years

6/15/2014

Special to the Hays Daily News

High Plains Mental Health Center is celebrating 50 years serving the people of northwest Kansas with an anniversary banquet featuring Lt. Gov. Jeff Collyer as the keynote presenter. The banquet commemorates 50 years serving the 20 counties of northwest Kansas as the area's only comprehensive community mental health center.

The event will be June 21 on the Fort Hays State University campus. Attendees include current and former staff, board members, local and state leaders, and community members from HPMHC's 20-county catchment area. High Plains Mental Health Center was founded in 1964 as part of a nationwide effort to establish comprehensive community mental health centers. The effort began as part of the Community Mental Health Act of 1963, which was signed by President John F. Kennedy. High Plains Mental Health Center began accepting patients from Norton, Phillips, Rooks and Ellis counties in 1964 and today serves 20 counties in Northwest Kansas.

Since 1964, High Plains Mental Health Center has remained on the forefront of mental healthcare, with community services such as Woodhaven Apartments, Westside School and the Schwaller Center.

High Plains Mental Health Center is a licensed community mental health center.

dedicated to an aggressive pursuit of providing a comprehensive mental health program to citizens of Northwest Kansas. Embodied in this pursuit are fundamental principles of establishing quality services as close to home as possible, at an affordable fee and delivered in the least disruptive manner available.