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William C. Rein papers

Call Number: RH MS 1181


The papers of William C. Rein are those of a lawyer who served as Senior Counsel in the Mental Health and Retardation Services division of the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services in the 1980s and who drafted legislation regarding mental health care reform in Kansas.


  • Creation: 1985-1993, circa 2007


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No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

Biography of William C. Rein

William C. Rein attended high school in Stafford County, Kansas and graduated in 1972 with an Associate of Arts degree from Hutchinson Community Junior College. He went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts in 1974 and a Juris Doctorate in 1977, both from Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas; he later in 2015 completed a masters of arts in English Bible from Maranatha Baptist University.

Rein worked as a private lawyer before becoming legal counsel for Larned State Hospital in Larned, Kansas in 1980. Four years later he became senior counsel in the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services' (SRS) Mental Health and Retardation Services division. Rein remained at SRS from 1984 to 1987, when he moved to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment's (KDHE) Bureau of Adult and Child Care to serve as Director of Hospital and Medical Programs. While at SRS in the 1980s Rein drafted legislation for mental health care reform in Kansas.

In 1993, Rein became Director and Chief Presiding Officer in the KDHE's Administrative Appeals Section. After ten years Rein left KDHE and became staff counsel at the Kansas Department of Aging. After opening a private law practice for a few years in the 2000s, Rein has since held several other roles in state government, including chief counsel for the Kansas Department on Aging (later renamed as the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services) and superintendent of Larned State Hospital.


0.75 Linear Feet (2 document cases + 1 audiocassette)

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Scope and Contents

The papers of William C. Rein date from 1985 to 1993 and circa 2007. They largely consist of papers from Rein's time at the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services, particularly his work on mental health care reform legislation. These papers have been left in their original order but removed from the two binders in which they came. Folder arrangement is alphabetical by subject.

An audiocassette from the collection is located at RH Cassette Tape 50.

Physical Location

RH MS 1181

Physical Location

RH Cassette Tape 50

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, William C. Rein, 2007

Guide to the William C. Rein Collection
William C. Rein papers
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Support for the processing of this Collection was provided by the Dana and Sue Anderson African American Collecting Program Endowment Fund.
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Preferred citation
William C. Rein papers, RH MS 1181, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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