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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

Opioid prescriptions decline in Kansas amid adoption of new tracking system
April 19, 2018

Medical professionals in Kansas dispensed nearly 9 percent fewer opioids by prescription in 2017 compared to the previous year, state officials said Tuesday.

The report drawing information from Kansas’ prescription drug monitoring program, or K-TRACS, indicated a decline in opioid dispensation of 8.9 percent, which equated to 249,000 fewer prescriptions, for Kansas patients.

Read More: http://www.cjonline.com/news/20180417/opioid-prescriptions-decline-in-kansas-amid-adoption-of-new-tracking-system

Johnson County experiencing an 'epidemic' of youth suicide, says mental health center leader
April 11, 2018

Johnson County is experiencing a crisis of youth suicides, the director of the Johnson County Mental Health Center said Tuesday, and the pervasiveness of bullying appears to a contributing factor.

Tim DeWeese, one of four panelists at a forum on kids mental health and the Kansas foster care system convened by the group Strengthen Families Rebuild Hope, said Johnson County has seen almost twice as many teen suicides the first three months of 2018 alone as it did in all of 2017.

Read More at: https://shawneemissionpost.com/2018/04/11/johnson-county-experiencing-an-epidemic-of-youth-suicide-says-mental-health-center-leader-70705

 

Where's the growing homeless population in Kansas' wealthiest county? Not in shelters
April 10, 2018

They are examples of a growing problem in Johnson County, which has an excellent shelter for families dealing with homelessness but no stable shelter options for single adults without children.

The problem was highlighted in the recent “point in time” count, an official snapshot tally conducted by homeless service agencies across the nation, including in Johnson County, for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

It showed Johnson County’s count of “unsheltered” individuals jumped from 17 last year to 38 in January, the highest number since 2012. And while Kansas City, Wyandotte County and Lawrence provide emergency housing for unsheltered adults without children, Johnson County does not.

Read more at: http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/article205853954.html

CDC: Suicide rates increased 70% among youth from 2006 to 2016
March 22, 2018

In Kansas alone, the suicide rate is higher than the national average, with Johnson County being number one in the state.

“More than one Kansan dies everyday from suicide,” DeWeese said.

DeWeese said there could be a number of contributing factors.

“Lack of availability of mental health resources,” DeWeese said. “Our country, our state, has not necessarily put an emphasis on funding mental health treatment.”

He said the stigma surrounding mental health could also be playing a role..

“When we see these mass shootings occur or anything bad happen, immediately that person says that person has a mental illness,” DeWeese said.

He said this does nothing but further stigmatize a mental illness. 

“And it really promotes people not to seek treatment,” DeWeese said.

Read More on 41 Action News at: https://www.kshb.com/news/local-news/cdc-suicide-rates-increase-70-percent-among-youth-from-2006-2016

Funding not keeping up with mental health demands in Johnson County
March 6, 2018

Suicide is the second leading cause of death in people ages 10 to 24. Some health officials are now calling it an epidemic in the state of Kansas.

Johnson County Mental Health officials are seeing a trend they say is moving in the wrong direction. 

"We're seeing the largest number of suicides per capita in our state, which is not a statistic we want of course to be in," said Susan Rome, deputy director of Johnson County Mental Health. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control, Kansas had the nation's 11th highest suicide rate in 2014.

Read More at: https://www.kshb.com/news/local-news/funding-not-keeping-up-with-mental-health-demands?autoplay=true

 

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