William C. (“Bill”) Rein, JD, MA, has served as chief counsel for two large state agencies: the former Kansas Department on Aging (KDOA) and the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS). He has also served as the Kansas Commissioner of Behavioral Health, Superintendent of Larned State Hospital (Psychiatric Services Program, State Security Program, and Sexual Predator Treatment Program), Administrator of the Wyoming State Hospital, Director and Chief Presiding Officer of the Administrative Appeals Section for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), Director of Hospital and Medical Programs for KDHE, Director of Hospital Risk Management for KDHE, and Senior Counsel for the Commissioner of Mental Health and Retardation Services in the former Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services (SRS).
Mr. Rein has practiced mental health law (civil and criminal), administrative law, and hospital law for over 40 years and was the primary author of comprehensive mental health reform legislation in 1986, Kansas HB 2050, and the Mental Health Reform Act of 1990. HB 2050 made substantial reforms to the Kansas Care and Treatment Act for Mentally Ill Persons and the Mental Health Reform Act of 1990 reorganized the state’s public mental health system. He is the recipient of the Kansas Lifetime Achievement Award for Improving Mental Health Services to Kansans.
Mr. Rein is available to work with the other attorneys and staff in the law firm of Martin & Wallentine, LLC in addressing the needs of its clients.