The KC-ATC is committed to providing rapid access to triage, stabilization and linkage to appropriate community services for individuals experiencing a behavioral health crisis.
KC-ATC is a public and private partnership between Kansas City stakeholders - courts, law enforcement, hospitals, city officials and the Department of Mental Health - to divert persons with mental health and substance use disorders away from jails and area emergency rooms to a safe place where they can be assessed and stabilized. If needed, they will then be referred to behavioral health outpatient or residential services for treatment.

The KC-ATC is staffed by a multi-disciplinary team that includes registered nurses, case workers, mental health technicians, licensed social workers and nurse practitioners.

KC-ATC Process
Persons 18 years and older are referred to the KC-ATC by the Kansas City Police Department or approved area hospital emergency departments. No walk-ins are accepted.

A nurse and licensed team leader will immediately triage each individual - this includes a comprehensive mental health assessment, shower, change of clothes and a meal.

Clients are able to stabilize for up to 23 hours in an observation room where they engage with a licensed social worker and case manager to determine a successful discharge plan.
Frequently Asked Questions About the KC-ATC
  • What is the maximum length of stay?
  • What are the center's hours?
  • What happens at discharge?
  • Who can refer individuals to the KC-ATC?
  • Does the KC-ATC accept walk-ins?
  • Are there any exclusionary criteria?
The maximum length of stay for an individual is 23 hours
The center is open 24 hours/7 days a week
  • Linkage back to home/family or friends
  • Follow-up with a behavioral health provider and/or support services
  • Bridge case management/medications
  • Emergency housing until permanent housing is available
  • Attend all scheduled court hearings, court monitoring and treatment appointments as directed
  • Collaborative development of a crisis plan
  • Kansas City Police Department
  • Approved emergency rooms
No walk-ins are accepted. Clients must be referred by the Kansas City Police Department or approved emergency rooms.
  • Under 18 years of age
  • BP over 190
  • Heart rate over 120 or less than 45
  • Blood glucose < 60 mg/dL or > 250 mg/dL
  • Acute or traumatic medical needs (bleeding, unconscious, seizures)
  • Combative and requiring restraint or field sedation
  • Adaptive equipment - IV, catheter, oxygen tanks
  • Inability to self-transfer