ABILENE, Kan. – The public is invited to the Kansas Town Hall panel discussion “Creating Community Solutions…National Dialogue on Mental Health” as part of the President’s call for a national dialogue on mental health issues. The program is scheduled for Sept. 26 in the Visitors Center Auditorium of the Eisenhower Presidential Library at 7 p.m.
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. He 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.
This Kansas Town Hall program is sponsored by the Eisenhower Presidential Library, K-State’s Institution for Civic Discourse and Democracy (ICDD) and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).Kansas Town Hall Partners
“Citizenship is not a mere matter of expressing our pride in our traditions…Citizenship is the carrying forward of the ideals on which nations based on freedom are maintained and sustained.”
– President Dwight D. Eisenhower, Sept. 30, 1956