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Johnson County Mental Health Center offers a wide range of mental health and substance abuse services to Johnson County residents. The Mental Health Center serves as a safety net for individuals with the most severe forms of mental illness, including those who are unable to afford or access care elsewhere in the community. If we are not the appropriate provider for you, we will assist you in finding a provider in the community that can better meet your needs.

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

Johnson County Mental Health Center complies with applicable federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national orgin, age, disability or sex.

Department News

Proposed Kansas law would cut back suicide prevention training in schools
February 12, 2018

A bill moving through the Senate committee process could possibly change a law requiring schools to train all their employees on suicide prevention.

Those who support the bill say they are in support of the training, but they want to reduce the number of people required to take it.

Right now, every worker in Kansas schools is required to be trained to spot people with suicidal tendencies.

State lawmakers approved the Jason Flatt Act in 2016 which requires a minimum of one hour of training per person every school year. Now, a bill moving through the senate committee process could change that. 

“We just feel that there’s a price tag for people that are being trained that probably don’t have the connection with kids," said G.A. Buie, Executive Director of the Kansas Superintendents Association.

The proposed bill would change it so only “selected” staff would be required to do training. It would also remove the one-hour minimum.

Supporters say it’s not necessary to train people who have little contact with students. But, mental health experts disagree. They say the more people the better the chances of stopping someone from taking their life.

“I believe that you have to have interaction to be able to ask the most difficult question, and that is: are you thinking of killing yourself or are you thinking of committing suicide?” said Tim Deweese, Director of Johnson County Mental Health Center.

Read More : http://www.kctv5.com/story/37470692/proposed-kansas-law-would-cut-back-suicide-prevention-training-in-schools

Youth suicide rates are rising in Kansas. A teen crisis center in Johnson County could help
February 12, 2018

Youth suicide rates are rising in Kansas. A teen crisis center in Johnson County could help

But in the entire state of Kansas, no such public facility exists for teenagers. What’s more, the number of psychiatric residential treatment beds available to serve children in Kansas has plummeted in recent years, from about 780 in 2011, to only about 208 now.

At all times, about 15 Johnson County teenagers are on a waiting list for an open bed.

This is why a suicidal teenager might wind up in the juvenile unit at the Johnson County Detention Center instead of an appropriate mental health center. And the police officer who brings the youth there must stay with them, as the building is neither staffed nor designed to care for children suffering a mental health crisis.

Three Johnson County officials are working on a solution: Tim DeWeese, director of the county’s mental health center; Robert Sullivan, director of corrections; and Ted Jester, director of juvenile services.

They’ve scoured county buildings for an available space and have tapped state officials to map out licensing requirements.

The men began their work shortly before the death of John Albers, a suicidal 17-year-old who was shot and killed by an Overland Park police officer last month.

The tragedy steeled their resolve. As did news that two Shawnee Mission Northwest High School students took their own lives. And all of the other cases of young people dealing with mental health conditions, most of which do not become headline news.

Both Missouri and Kansas have high rates of youth suicide. And the pace is accelerating.

Envisioned is a crisis center that Kansas parents could bring children to as well. Nearly 50 percent of people treated at crisis centers can be stabilized within the first 48 hours, Sullivan said.

Johnson County Police Agencies Employ Specialists to Assist in Mental Health Situations
January 29, 2018

Police agencies in Johnson County are taking a new approach to address a steady spike in the number of calls involving someone with mental health issues. Two more departments will now have full-time mental health professionals working as co-responders with police.

Read more at http://fox4kc.com/2018/01/26/johnson-county-police-agencies-employ-specialists-to-assist-in-mental-health-situations/

 

Shawnee Police Finalize Agreement with County to Add Full-Time Mental Health Co-Responder
January 16, 2018

The city of Shawnee now has a full-time mental health co-responder — a qualified mental health professional who responds with police on calls involving a mental health crisis — in conjunction with the Johnson County Mental Health Center (JCMHC).

Shawnee and Lenexa first entered into an agreement with JCMHC in February 2016 to fund a part-time mental health co-responder to be shared by both cities, which remained in place until the end of 2017. The smaller cities east of I-35 in northeast Johnson County collaborated on a similar pilot program for a mental health co-responder in 2016.

Read More on the Shawnee Mission Post: https://shawneemissionpost.com/2018/01/12/shawnee-police-finalize-agreement-with-county-to-add-full-time-mental-health-co-responder-69006

Mental health program expands in Johnson County
November 20, 2017

When it comes to mental health calls police are often the first responders, but despite some training, officers don't specialize in those types of issues. 

That's why Johnson County is expanding a program that dispatched trained professionals with officers on mental health calls. 

The trained professionals are called co-responders. 

Read More at: KSHB NEWS

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