Creating a Healthier, Mind, Body and Life!

Compass Behavioral Health is a community mental health center that serves quality care to over 13 counties throughout Southwest Kansas. We were established in 1961 to provide a wide range of evaluation and treatment programs. Each treatment and therapy program integrates the needs of the whole person to help them achieve a well-balanced life. As a professional organization that leads to discovery and innovation, we employ and retain an exceptional staff who deliver timely and quality care.

Psychiatric Medication Evaluation and Management - Compass Behavioral Health - Garden City, KS

Psychiatric Medication Evaluation and Management

Compass Behavioral Center provides a variety of medication evaluation and management for children and adults suffering from mental illnesses throughout Southwest KS. Our healthcare professionals combine their years of experience to discover the most appropriate solution for your medication needs. Whether it be a lower, additional or alternative dosage, we’ll work with you to restore balance in your wellbeing.

Community Based Services (CBS) - Compass Behavioral Health - Garden City, KS

Community Based Services (CBS)

When a child is diagnosed as Serious Emotionally Disturbed (SED), they possess a mental condition that substantially disrupts them from functioning socially, academically, and emotionally. In order to determine if your child qualifies for CBS, one of our mental health professionals will conduct a complete assessment to discern the child’s functional abilities. If necessary, they’ll undergo the support they need to be able to function in the community and home setting.

Children are cared for by our Case Managers, Mental Health Assistants, and Wraparound TCM providers. Our CBS services can be offered within the home, community, and schools in all of our 13 counties.

24/7 Crisis Services - Compass Behavioral Health - Garden City, KS

24/7 Crisis Services

Compass Behavioral Health provides 24/7 crisis services. We are available to respond when you need us the most. Call your local Compass office during working hours or come directly in to our office. After hours, call your local Compass office and you will be transferred to a mental health professional.

Supported Employment - Compass Behavioral Health - Garden City, KS

Supported Employment

Everyone deserves to hold a position within the workforce, especially those with a serious mental illness. Our Supported Employment service offers an “it’s never too late” mentality for those who have not worked in several years. One of our employment specialists would be more than happy to search the job market for a position related to your interests, number of hours you want to work, convenient location, and other factors based on your preferences. Found a perfect potential job? We can advocate for you to your employer! Our services don’t have to end after you’ve landed the position; we can help you develop your future career plan.

Homeless Grant Funding - Compass Behavioral Health - Garden City, KS

Housing Program

The goal of this program is to increase capacity and provide accessible, effective, comprehensive, coordinated, integrated, and evidence-based treatment services, peer support and other recovery support services for individuals with a serious mental illness, serious emotional disturbance or co-occurring disorder (i.e., a serious mental illness [SMI] and substance use disorder [SUD] or a serious emotional disturbance [SED] and SUD who are experiencing homelessness. The program should also provide linkages to health insurance, Medicaid, mainstream benefits and sustainable permanent housing.

  • Assistance with identifying sustainable permanent housing.
  • Provide evidence-based, integrated mental health and substance use interventions for COD treatment for enrolled individuals.
  • Provide outreach case management or other strategies to address serious mental illness, serious emotional disturbance, and co-occurring health conditions and link with and retain individuals in housing and other necessary services.
  • Engage and enroll the population(s) of focus in health insurance, Medicaid, and other benefit programs (e.g. SSI/SSDI, TANF, SNAP).
  • Provide or assure linkage to and support engagement with recovery support services to improve access to and retention in services and to continue treatment gains. This may include some or all of the following as appropriate for each enrolled individual:
      • Vocational, child care, educational, and transportation services;
      • Independent living skills (e.g., budgeting and financial education);
      • Employment readiness, training and placement;
      • Crisis care;
      • Medication management;
      • Peer-related supports and services (e.g., peer-led or peer-supported activities and hiring of peer staff);
      • Discharge planning; and psychosocial rehabilitation services.

    Maria Vela and Stacy Helm
    Housing Specialist
    3000 N. 14th Avenue
    Dodge City, KS 67801
    620.227.5040 or 620.275.9434
    620.338.4814 (cell)

Please contact:

Nichole Butler, Program Manager
Dodge City Community Support Services
3000 N 14th Avenue
Dodge City, KS 67801

Tom Schwartz, Program Manager
Garden City Community Support Services
531 Campusview
Garden City, KS 67846

Education - Compass Behavioral Health - Garden City, KS


Educating yourself on mental illness is one of the most powerful and important things you can do for yourself. Enrolling in one of our training courses will help you develop a solid foundation of understanding and compassion. It also provides the tools and resources you need to be able to identify if you or someone you know is experiencing symptoms of mental illness. To learn more about our training and courses, get in touch with us. Call your local Compass office to inquire about the following training opportunities.!

  • Mental Health First Aid
  • Yellow Ribbon Suicide Training
  • Critical Incident Stress Debriefing
  • ASIST Suicide Training

Mental Health First Aid

Compass Behavioral Health offers Adult and Youth Mental Health First Aid courses. The goal of Mental Health First Aid is to train community members how to help people who may be experiencing a mental health crisis–much like CPR trains people with no medical background how to assist someone following a heart attack. Mental Health First Aiders learn to apply a strategy to help someone through a panic attack, engage with someone who may be suicidal, support a person experiencing psychosis and help someone who has overdosed. Mental Health First Aiders learn the risk factors and warning signs of specific illnesses such as anxiety, depression, psychosis and addiction.

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy - Compass Behavioral Health - Garden City, KS

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

Compass Behavioral Health is where you can turn to in your time of need. Developed by Marsha Linehan, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy is the gold standard for psychological treatment. Originally created for suicidal individuals, it is now offered to clients who experience substance dependence, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and eating disorders. Through weekly therapy, skills training groups and coaching calls, clients will develop a healthy perspective on life. Treatment typically lasts for a minimum of six months and lasts until you are ready to see the beauty life has to offer.

Drug/Alcohol Evaluation and Treatment - Compass Behavioral Health - Garden City, KS

Drug/Alcohol Evaluations and Treatment

Our drug and alcohol evaluations and treatment are established to create a positive change in your life. Through our program, individuals will first be assessed by our professional therapists to gather a complete understanding of the client’s drug and alcohol habits. Then, they’ll participate in addiction recovery that draws upon and strengthens skills needed to live a healthier life.

Domestic Violence Evaluation and Treatment - Compass Behavioral Health - Garden City, KS

Domestic Violence Evaluations and Treatment

Compass Behavioral Health offers a certified Batterer Intervention Program (BIP).  Individuals are referred for an assessment by a court order or supervision agency.  The mission is to hold batterers accountable, create nonviolent behavior and promote safety for victims.  On a wider scale, we seek to create social norms that reject rather than affirm or ignore battering within intimate family and household relationships.  During the assessment, individuals are also screened for mental health/psychiatric assistance, drug and alcohol treatment, parenting education or other issues.  Referrals for recommended services will be made to appropriate resources, most likely in addition to BIP participation.

Therapeutic School - Compass Behavioral Health - Garden City, KS

Therapeutic School

Therapeutic Services for Preschoolers (TSP) is available in our Garden City and Dodge City locations. This eight-week program consists of a psychosocial group curriculum designed to strengthen their mental and academic skills. They’ll learn to better handle their feelings, understand their anger, problem solve and develop social skills. TSP is located on site.

Compass Behavioral Health in Garden City and Dodge also works in conjunction with our respective school districts (Garden City USD 457 and Dodge City USD 443) to offer a Therapeutic Education Program.

Compass provides the program supervisor, a clerical position, and several case managers and mental health assistants. The school district provides the facility, the principal, the teachers and the paraprofessionals.

Compass Behavioral Health helps create healthy minds, lives and communities. To learn more about the services, treatments and programs we offer, contact us by calling (620) 276-7689.