Outpatient Services

Competency to Stand Trial Evaluation

PURPOSE: To determine an individual’s psychological competency to stand trial. In general, the clinician evaluates the defendant’s understanding of the nature and purpose of criminal proceedings and if the defendant is capable of assisting counsel in planning a defense.
PROCEDURE: After Spring River Mental Health & Wellness, Inc. receives the court order for a competency to stand trial evaluation, an appointment is scheduled. The evaluation is often performed in our offices, but can be performed in the jail if defendant is incarcerated. A written report is provided to the court, prosecutor, and defense counsel. The evaluator can testify at the court hearing if needed.

FEES: $250.00 paid by Social and Rehabilitation Services when the evaluation is ordered by the court.

ACCESS/REFERRAL: This service is provided to the court and must be ordered by the court. The defendant’s attorney or prosecutor can petition the court for the evaluation.

CONTACT PERSON’S TITLE: Emergency Services Coordinator

CONTACT PERSON’S PHONE NUMBER: Riverton (620) 848-2300


Civil Guardianship Evaluation

PURPOSE: To evaluate the need for a guardian for persons who may have a mental disorder or disability that interferes with their ability to manage their own financial affairs and/or to take care of themselves.
PROCEDURE: An assessment is performed by a trained mental health professional to determine an individual’s mental status and ability to comprehend personal financial management. Medical records may be reviewed and significant others may be contacted to obtain information. The results of the assessment are written and provided to the district court.

FEES: $80.00 per hour (typically three hours or less), including court testimony time.

ACCESS/REFERRAL: A Civil Guardianship Evaluation service is typically court ordered. The court or attorney will send a copy of the court order to Spring River Mental Health & Wellness, Inc. An appointment for the evaluation will be scheduled after receipt of the court order.

CONTACT PERSON’S TITLE: Business Secretary

CONTACT PERSON’S PHONE NUMBER: Riverton (620) 848-2300


Police Employment Evaluation

PURPOSE: The Kansas Law Enforcement Academy requires law enforcement officers to obtain a psychological evaluation prior to being authorized to attend the Academy. This evaluation is designed for that purpose.
PROCEDURE: The requesting Law Enforcement Authority will contact Spring River Mental Health & Wellness to schedule an appointment for evaluation. They will be given the earliest possible appointment for their officer. After the officer completes the evaluation, a written report is provided to the Law Enforcement Authority.

FEES: $250.00 is paid by the Law Enforcement Authority.

ACCESS/REFERRAL: This service is provided to local law enforcement agencies and must be requested by the local Law Enforcement Authority.

CONTACT PERSON’S TITLE: Emergency Services Coordinator

CONTACT PERSON’S PHONE NUMBER: Riverton (620) 848-2300


Psychiatric Hospitalization Screenings

PURPOSE: Hospital Screenings are performed for two primary purposes. 1) The first is to determine if an individual meets the legal criteria for admission to a psychiatric hospital. The most common example would be an assessment to determine if an individual meets criteria for involuntary commitment to Osawatomie State Hospital. 2) The second primary purpose is to determine if an individual meets the criteria for having their hospitalization reimbursed by a third party such as Medicaid. This assessment is usually based on the severity of the illness and specific criteria must be met in order for the third party to pay for the hospitalization.
PROCEDURE: The procedure involves a face-to-face interview with the person. A screening is completed to determine the need for hospitalization. Recommendations are made to the referring agency/person, that may include alternatives to hospitalization. If hospitalization is required, appropriate arrangements are made. This may include testifying in court if required.

FEES: No fees are charged for this service.

ACCESS/REFERRAL: Screening services are available to persons in immediate need of mental health intervention. Contact Spring River Mental Health & Wellness, Inc. during regular working hours to request a mental health screening. After hours, call the emergency number. A licensed therapist will be paged and will respond to the call. If the individual refuses to cooperate, the referring party will be responsible for seeking the assistance of law enforcement through the County Attorney’s office.

CONTACT PERSON’S TITLE: Emergency Services Coordinator, after working hours contact “On-call therapist”

CONTACT PERSON’S PHONE NUMBER: Riverton (620) 848-2300, Columbus (620) 429-1860, After Hours Emergency Phone Number 866-634-2301


Psychiatric Services

PURPOSE: To have a psychiatrist evaluate an individual’s mental and/or emotional condition to determine if medications may assist in treating a problem or illness.
PROCEDURE: After completing an assessment with a therapist and if it is determined that psychiatric intervention may be helpful, an appointment is scheduled. The psychiatrist will evaluate the individual to determine if medications are recommended. If medication services are required, a prescription will be given and a follow up appointment scheduled. Obtaining medications from a pharmacy will be the client’s responsibility.

FEES: $80.00 per hour. Fees are adjustable based on a sliding fee scale.

ACCESS/REFERRAL: Referrals to the psychiatrist are made by the therapist of record.

CONTACT: Therapist of record

CONTACT PERSON’S PHONE NUMBER: Riverton (620) 848-2300 Columbus (620) 429-1860


Psychological Evaluations

PURPOSE: To determine a personality profile and/or intelligence level of an individual by using standardized psychological testing and interviews.
PROCEDURE: The psychological evaluation consists of administering a number of psychological tests and a clinical interview. The tests are reviewed and a report is written detailing the results of the testing and interview. Recommendations for treatment are made when indicated.

FEES: $80.00 per hour – $400.00 maximum.

ACCESS/REFERRAL: This service is available to Cherokee County residents. A Psychological Evaluation may be scheduled by contacting Spring River Mental Health & Wellness, Inc. Referrals for this service may be made by the courts, Social and Rehabilitation Services, law enforcement, schools, individuals or families.

CONTACT PERSON’S TITLE: Coordinator of Emergency Services

CONTACT PERSON’S PHONE NUMBER: Riverton (620) 848-2300, Columbus (620) 429-1860


Counseling/Psychotherapy

PURPOSE: Counseling and psychotherapy assists individuals and families in identifying and remediating symptoms of mental and emotional disorders that prevent or significantly hinder physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, relationship and work functioning.
PROCEDURE: Individuals, families and significant others meet with a licensed mental health professional and describe problems, history of problems, causes, resources and strengths available to aide in the resolution of problems in functioning. A comprehensive treatment plan is developed. Regular counseling/therapy appointments are conducted for clarification, support and guidance in the problem solving process. Frequently, people are referred for additional services to help remove barriers to problem resolution.

FEES: $80.00 per hour. Fees are adjustable based on a sliding scale according to income and number of dependents living in the home. Insurance, Medicaid, and Health Wave benefits are accepted.

ACCESS/REFERRAL: Referrals are accepted from individuals, families, physicians, clergy, schools, agencies, organizations, courts and law enforcement. Cherokee County residents are given priority for services.

CONTACT: Columbus (620-429-1860), Riverton (620-848-2300)


24 Hour Emergency Services

PURPOSE: To provide residents of Cherokee County with emergency mental health assistance during and after regular working hours.
PROCEDURE: The procedure can involve a face-to-face interview or phone consultation with the person experiencing the emergency. The situation and issues will be evaluated and assistance with the use and acquisition of community resources will be developed.

FEES: No fees are charged to the individual for this service unless the person is seen face-to-face AND they are enrolled as an open client with continuing services. If charged, fees are adjustable based on a sliding fee scale according to income and number of dependents living in the home.

ACCESS/REFERRAL: Access is open to all persons in immediate need of mental health services who are in Cherokee County. These persons may, or may not, be a client of Spring River Mental Health & Wellness. During regular working hours, one would call Spring River Mental Health & Wellness to speak with a therapist. After hours, call the emergency number. A licensed therapist will be paged and will respond to the call.

CONTACT PERSON’S TITLE: Emergency Services Coordinator

CONTACT PERSON’S PHONE NUMBER: Riverton (620)-848-2300, Columbus (620)-429-1860, After hours emergency: 866-634-2301