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Johnson County Mental Health Center offers a wide range of mental health and substance abuse services to residents. The Mental Health Center serves as a safety net for individuals with the most severe forms of mental illness, as well as those who are unable to afford or access care elsewhere in the community.

Like physical illnesses, mental illness shows itself in a variety of ways. Depending on the situation’s seriousness, a variety of treatment options are available. We provide services throughout the county with highly trained and compassionate professionals.

To contact Johnson County Mental Health, please call (913) 826-4200

Department News

Osawatomie State Hospital Reopens 60 Beds - Still Awaits Federal Recertification
October 18, 2016

Nine months after Osawatomie State Hospital lost its federal payments, all rooms are back online after renovations and the state is looking at partnerships to address some of its long-term struggles. The state hospital — one of two in Kansas for patients with severe mental health issues — has shown progress on several problems that led to the loss of Medicare payments, though it isn’t clear when it could receive federal payments again. Read more here.

Funding Cuts, Stalled Contracts add to pressures
October 4, 2016

Kansas mental health providers continue to sound the alarm on how Medicaid rate cuts and contract disputes are affecting care. At a recent meeting of the Kansas Mental Health Coalition, members were encouraged to lobby incumbent legislators and election challengers about the need to adopt a state budget that restores the Medicaid cuts ordered by Gov. Sam Brownback to balance the state budget and the approximately $20 million in grant funding that has been cut since 2007. “The state’s Mental Health Reform Grant is designed to help CMHCs (community mental health centers) fulfill their mission as the state’s mental health safety net,” says a position paper distributed at the meeting. “But legislators have slashed that grant by 65 percent over the last five years, fraying that safety net beyond recognition.” - See more at: http://www.khi.org/news/article/kansas-mental-health-providers-funding-cuts-stalled-contracts-add-to-pressu#sthash.pLCbeMu0.dpuf


Community Mental Health Center of Crawford County continues it's struggle
September 21, 2016

Each year, Community Mental Health Center of Crawford County Executive Administrator Richard Pfeiffer sends a management analysis to the state, and each year, he tries to further show the state that there is a lack of funding for proper mental health care. State cuts to Medicaid, as well as other state agencies, went into effect July 1. The four percent cut to Medicaid affected all kinds of medical patients, but Pfeiffer said it is just another setback in an ongoing battle for mental health care. Read more at: http://www.morningsun.net/news/20160914/cc-mental-health-continues-struggle

One woman's story of hope and recovery.
September 12, 2016

As suicde rates climb in Kansas and Missouri, Olathe survivor joins the struggle to save lives. Read more at http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/article49835900.html

KDADS secretary making progress at Osawatomie State Hospital
August 23, 2016

“I do feel positive about the new secretary,” said Tim DeWeese, director of the Johnson County Mental Health Center. “It seems that he has a genuine desire to take care of the Kansans that need this (mental health) service that are most at risk.” - See more at: http://www.khi.org/news/article/kdads-secretary-making-progress-at-osawatomie-state-hospital#sthash.LmHeWY1Y.dpuf



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