Welcome to the Southwest
Guidance Center web page.
We serve Haskell, Meade, Seward and Stevens Counties.
The Southwest Guidance
Center's primary mission is to meet the mental health needs of
all residents of Haskell, Meade, Seward and Stevens Counties.
To this end, the Center is licensed by the State of Kansas and
mandated by state law to develop and provide those components
of education, prevention, and treatment which will allow residents
of the Center's service area to receive care in the least restrictive,
and when possible, the least costly setting possible. This care
will be provided in such a way as to respect the personal dignity
and rights of each individual.
Beliefs and Values
The Center's service components will be made available to every
resident of the Center's service area regardless of an individual's
race, color, religion, age, sex, or place of national origin.
While the Center, for both financial and clinical reasons, does
charge a fee for services rendered and may deny service because
of a person's unwillingness to pay an agreed upon fee, the Center
will not deny a resident of service because of his or her inability
Persons who present themselves as experiencing a mental health
emergency are never denied service for any reason.
be responsive to as many of the behavioral health care needs
of the residents of its service area as is programmatically
and financially possible.
be consumer-oriented and must be dependent upon the satisfaction
of the clients, referral sources, funding sources, and the
community as a whole.
develop and present services in an evolutionary manner; that
is, the Center must be proactive in the development of new
services within the parameters of its basic mission in response
to the mental health needs of the community in general and
the center's clientele in particular.
be aware that the needs of the community are learned from
involvement in the community. Staff involvement in community
activities is valued.
that each client's dignity and right to self-determination
in the therapeutic process must be respected.
that clinical and support staff must be of the highest quality
possible, and that every effort must be made to retain quality
staff as long as possible.
that a team spirit and sense of cooperation among clinical
and support staff must pervade all of the Center's activities.
The focus of this team cooperation must always be the provision
of the highest quality service to the Center's clients.
that community perceptions of our agency are more powerful
than what the Center says it is. Staff, at all times, are
to promote a positive community awareness of the Center's
service delivery system.
that networking with other providers both local and statewide
is crucial to the delivery of effective, efficient, behavioral
health care services to consumers.
that the Center must provide as much of a continuum of mental
health services as possible within the Center's own service
that the Center must strive to collect as much revenue as
possible to sustain both service delivery and development,
always mindful that the Center will never deny any resident
of its service area the right to appropriate mental health
services regardless of that resident's ability to pay.
July 15, 2002
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