Kansas Statutes provide for an admissions moratorium if the state hospital does not have any beds available. That process places the patients on a waiting list for OSH admission. There is no certainty a moratorium will be required, however we should be prepared for it in case it does. We strongly urge you to obtain guidance for your officers/deputies on the options available in the event they have a patient needing admission if a moratorium were called. Such guidance may be developed by consulting with your local district/county attorney, the courts, and other legal resources in your jurisdiction, as well as your local mental health system professionals. We encourage you to be sure officers/deputies have this information before they encounter a situation where they have a patient in need of admission only to find out there is no available space for the patient.
KDADS is posting information on their website at: https://www.kdads.ks.gov/state-hospitals-and-institutions/osawatomie-state-hospital. There are documents there explaining the moratorium process; accessing OSH temporary diversion funds; and a Q and A from a conference call they had with the local mental health systems last week. We assume they will continue to post new information on this site.