New Wichita hospital providing mental-health services for children, teens

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) A new hospital opened in Wichita for children and teens suffering from mental health issues.

Wichita and Sedgwick County leaders were among those on hand Wednesday for the ribbon cutting ceremony at the KVC Hospital, just east of the Twin Lakes shopping center near 21st and Amidon.

The facility will provide mental health services for children and adolescents. Suicide is the second-leading cause of death for kids between the ages of 15 and 18 and the third-leading cause of death for kids between the ages of 6 and 14.

"There's a lot of different tools that they're able to come and learn about and different ways to cope with stressors in the world. They learn a lot about the brain, we talk about the brain every day here and how the brain regulates itself," Ann Marie Arrensberg said.

Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett says the new facility will work to lower that rate and improve the community.

"We've had 14 beds for juvenile mental health overnight stays in Sedgwick County. That was inadequate," Bennett says. "And so to know we could bring a facility with 54 beds here, I thought that was a real improvement for Sedgwick County."