COLUMBUS, Kan. — The Riverton nonprofit that provides mental health services to Cherokee County residents is seeking a 5 percent increase in the amount of money it receives from the county government.

Scott Jackson, the executive director of the nonprofit, said it hasn't received an increase from the county in the past five years. The nonprofit uses the money to pay for care for people without insurance or who are underinsured.

Spring River Mental Health and Wellness received $111,457 from the county levy in 2014 and another $10,970 from the county alcohol tax, about 3.2 percent of the nonprofit's total $3.7 million in revenue, according to its most recent audit. Most of the nonprofit's income — more than $3 million — was from patient fees and insurance.

The nonprofit provides mental health counseling and drug and alcohol treatment. The center served more than 1,900 people in 2014, according to its latest tax return.

Richard Hilderbrand, the chairman of the Cherokee County Commission, said he's not sure if Spring River will get an increase.

"It's really too early to tell," Hilderbrand said. "We haven't had a chance to look at it."

Commissioners try to adopt the annual budget, which totals more than $14 million, by Aug. 31 each year.

 

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