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Adolescent Center for Treatment

ACT Residential Treatment Admission Handbook (PDF)

ACT is a 30-bed residential facility for adolescents experiencing problems due to a substance use disorder. The program is staffed 24 hours a day by licensed clinicians and youth care technicians and provides teens with a safe, trauma informed environment to begin their recovery.

ACT has provided affordable and effective substance use disorder treatment for over 25 years. Our program utilizes evidence-based practices to help adolescents understand the harmful effects of alcohol and other drug use and develop the necessary attitudes and skills to support recovery.

ACT treatment goals are:

  • To identify the benefits of a clean and sober lifestyle.
  • To improve family relationships, academic performance, and legal issues impacted by their substance use.
  • To address co-occurring mental health concerns
  • To develop an individualized recovery plan.

All clients are encouraged and referred to outpatient services upon discharge.


  • Adolescents 12 to 18 years of age.
  • An alcohol and drug assessment must indicate the need for residential treatment.
  • Free of the need for major medical or psychiatric services.


We accept Kansas Medicaid, Block Grant, private insurance and self-pay. Johnson County residents are eligible for a sliding scale fee based on income and family size.

All clients are encouraged and referred to outpatient services upon discharge. 

For further information, to make a referral or schedule a confidential assessment:
Adolescent Center for Treatment: 913-826-4200

ACT Residential Treatment Admission Handbook (PDF)

Adult Detox

Adult Detoxification Admission Handbook (PDF)

The Adult Detoxification Unit is a 14-bed unit that assists individuals safely through the process of withdraw from alcohol or other drugs in a non-medical setting. ADU accepts admissions 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. At ADU we believe that every individual deserves the opportunity for recovery.

ADU services are designed to assist individuals safely through the difficulties and dangers of withdraw from alcohol and/or drugs. Symptoms are monitored and evaluated by ADU staff throughout the client's stay, and referred for medical care when necessary.

Prior to discharge, clients are referred to other service providers for ongoing services or  connected with community-based recovery support groups such as AA or NA.

Referrals to mental health services are made for clients with co-occurring mental health needs.

Each client is assigned to a semi-private room with a bathroom. Bedding and towels are provided. Meals are served at the facility.

Services are available to individuals,18 years of age or older, who are in need of a safe, supportive environment in which to manage their withdrawal from alcohol and / or drugs.

Admission Criteria
Referrals to the program are typically screened by telephone prior to admission to ensure appropriate placement, but drop-in clients may be admitted if appropriate. For screening information call 913-826-4100.

  • Clients must have used alcohol and/or other drugs prior to admission and experiencing symptoms of withdraw
  • ​Clients must be medically stable and ambulatory.
  • Clients must be free from suicidal, homicidal or psychotic behaviors.
  • Clients on medications are accepted. Prescription medications must be in original pharmacy-labeled containers.

For further information, referrals, pre-admission screenings:

Adult Detox Unit: 913-826-4100

Adult Detoxification Admission Handbook (PDF)

Adult Services

Case Management Teams/Strengths Based Services- Every individual served through Adult Services is assigned a treatment team.  The purpose of case management in the strengths model is to assist people recover and reclaim their lives by identifying, securing, and sustaining the range of resources needed to live, work, and play as fully integrated citizens of the communities in which they live. It is based on a set of core principles that in part value the unique strengths and attributes of all individuals and views the community as a place of strength and resources. Strengths based case management also holds that the primary setting for our work is in the community. Through a community based approach case managers are able to directly assist people to access helpful community resources, teach daily living skills in each persons living/working environment, as well as observe and assist people in learning coping skills and skills and social skills needed to develop healthy relationships within their communities.

Adult services may also include a variety of specialty services which help meet specific needs in a more comprehensive way.

Counseling – Individual and group counseling is focused is on offering short term interventions to resolve difficulties.  A wide range of specialized interventions are utilized based in individual needs.

Peer Support Services – Certified Peer Specialists are individuals who have advanced in their own recovery sufficiently to be of assistance to other mental health consumers. The goal of peer support is to aid individuals in their recovery and assist them in attaining the goal of living a fulfilling life in the community.

Vocational Services and Supported Education - The vocational team provides a wide range of employment and career development services, job development, on-site job coaching and educational support.

Young Adult / Transition Services - Specialized services designed for young adults who have a serious mental illness or a severe emotional disturbance to successfully transition to adult life.

Aging Services – Aging Specialist provide individual and group counseling to those 60 and older. Outreach mental health services are available to the frail elderly residing in a long term care setting and to homebound seniors.

Individuals can contact Johnson County Mental Health Center’s Customer Care Center at 913-826-4200 for more information about services.

Children & Family

Children and Families

Keeping Connected (PDF)

Johnson County Mental Health Center offers pediatric services designed to serve youth (ages 3 – 18) with emotional or behavioral issues.  An individualized plan of care is developed for each child/family based on a comprehensive assessment to determine need.

The program can help a family in situations where a child:

  • Frequently does not follow household rules
  • Has a dramatic change in personality or behaviors
  • Is verbally or physically assaultive
  • Seems withdrawn or isolated
  • Expresses suicidal/self-harm tendencies
  • Runs away or threatens to run away
  • Performs below their ability at school
  • Avoids school
  • Struggles in peer relationships
  • Has contact with the legal system due to their behavior
  • Is at risk of removal from the home due to hospitalization or placement

Services Available
Services focus on short-term interventions aimed at resolving difficulties and stabilizing behavior.  Services may include:

Community Based Services- Services begin by an assessment that focuses on the strengths and needs of the child.  Based on this assessment, case managers work one-on-one with the youth and family to provide the services needed. Some examples of what a case manager might do are:

  • Help the family develop behavior management strategies for the home
  • Explore recreational and socialization opportunities available in the community
  • Teach the youth skills necessary for successful relationships
  • Identify and implement strategies with the youth and family for school success
  • Work on developing independent living skills

Psychosocial Groups- Groups are offered on a variety of topics including:  problem solving, social skills, leisure time training, health and personal relationships. A ratio of one staff to every four youth allows program participants to have support while they engage in a variety of activities. Different from “therapy groups”, psychosocial groups help children learn by doing.

Home-Based Family Therapy- Developed to assist families in crisis; home-based family therapists have the same qualifications as outpatient therapists along with increased availability.  This intensive service is short-term and designed to target issues that disrupt the family.  Home-based therapists have helped families:

  • Improve communication skills
  • Develop strategies to address emotionally charged problems
  • Restore balance to family relationships.

Individual, Family & Group Therapy – the focus is on short term interventions to resolve difficulties.  A wide range of specialized interventions are utilized based on individual needs.

For more information…

Families can contact Johnson County Mental Health Center's Customer Care Center at 913-826-4200 for more information about services for children and families.

Home and Community Based Waiver for Seriously Emotionally Disturbed (SED) Children and Youth

En Español

The SED Waiver is a federal Medicaid waiver program. Local Community Mental Health Centers provide services covered by the program.  Children who meet eligibility requirements will receive a medical card and are eligible for Medicaid physical and behavioral health services.



Deaf Services

The JCMHC Deaf services team provides culturally affirmative, community based assistance to Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals and families in their recovery by promoting wellness and successful living through hope, personal choice and individual responsibility.  Counseling services are provided to those who live in Kansas regardless of age or county responsibility, and includes children who are attending Kansas School for the Deaf in the residential setting.   Case management, vocational services, and supported housing services are geared towards those who live in Johnson County.  Psychiatry services are provided with contracted interpreters who meet national standards.

Outpatient Counseling
Individual, group and family counseling are available to all age groups. The focus is on offering short term interventions to resolve difficulties.

Case Management
Case management staff assist individuals with developing skills, acquiring supports and resources to become successful in daily living. Staff use a strengths based approach to assist with such goals. Some examples of what a case manager may do include:

  • Help develop behavior management strategies
  • Explore recreational and socialization opportunities available in the community
  • Teach skills necessary for successful relationships
  • Identify and implement strategies for success in a school or work setting
  • Work on developing independent living skills.

Vocational Assistance
Staff provide assistance for persons seeking employment or experiencing job related difficulties. In addition to vocational counseling, staff can assist with referrals to vocational rehabilitation. These services include assistance with job placement, job coaching and job retention.

Attendant Care/Supported Housing Services
Staff provide support and supervision to consumers who need additional support to live independently in the community.

Medical Services
A staff of psychiatrists and nurses are responsible for providing medication management services to individuals requiring psychotropic medication as well as monitoring other health care needs. These services are provided with contracted interpreters.

Community Education
Workshops, speeches, and education programs are available to community groups about issues related to mental health and deafness.

Program staff are fluent in American Sign language and have a thorough understanding of the language and culture of the deaf.  Our staff are well trained professionals who are knowledgeable about issues related to mental health and mental illness.

Services are available to all deaf persons in Kansas who are in need of mental health services.

Contact for questions or to make an appointment:

To make an appointment or receive further information, please call 913-715-7700 V/TTY or VP at 913-827-1667. All contacts and appointments at Johnson County Mental Health Center are confidential.


Deaf Services Staff

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Elijah Buchholz – Team Leader/Clinician
Elijah is Hard of Hearing and was raised in a strong Deaf family. Elijah received his B.A. in Psychology from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and his M.A. in Professional Counseling/Marriage and Family Counseling from Mid-America Nazarene University. Elijah worked as a Team Leader and Therapist at Truman Medical Center in Kansas City, MO for 6 years before taking the role of Director of Deaf Services for the Missouri Department of Mental Health in 2012. Elijah came to Johnson County Mental Health in 2015 to serve as both the Team Leader as well as the Therapist for the Deaf Services Team and keeps hoping for a Chiefs Super Bowl ring in the near future!





Mary V

Mary Van Bavel – Case Manager Assistant
Mary Van Bavel is originally from Bogota, Colombia. She moved to Florida when she was 4 and graduated from the Florida School for the Deaf. She moved to Kansas in 1997 to start a family and have 3 beautiful children. She has worked at JCMHC for the past 10 years. She loves her job and enjoys working with a diversity of people. She also loves to travel around the US and would like to visit more places on the west side of the US in future.



Emergency Services

24-Hour Emergency Services: 913-268-0156
During daytime business hours call: 913-826-4200

Johnson County Mental Health Center maintains professional clinical staff on duty 24-hours-a-day to provide mental health emergency services. The Mental Health Center’s crisis / emergency services are primarily provided by the following service components:

Access Team – The access Team offers Open Access, same day walk-in comprehensive intake evaluations offered by trained licensed mental health clinicians for persons seeking immediate treatment and mental health care.  Same day access dramatically decreases the waiting time for initial assessment, evaluation and treatment. Upon completion of a full evaluation by a licensed therapist, consumers may be referred for a follow up appointment for case management, therapy and/or medication services in one of our three locations.

Open Access is available Monday through Friday from 9am to 2pm in the Shawnee office located at 6440 Nieman Road and in the Olathe office located at 1125 West Spruce.

After-Hours Team – Afterhours is the primary point of contact for all mental health emergencies occurring during evening, nighttime, weekend and holiday hours.  Licensed mental health clinicians provide telephone and limited on-site response to emergencies as well as provide consultation and guidance to hospital emergency departments, law enforcement officers and various other community agencies in addressing mental health emergencies.  Afterhours answers the 24-hour crisis line during evenings, weekends and holidays.  Afterhours clinicians also facilitate mental health reform screens, crisis intervention assessments and juvenile detention suicide watch assessments.

Mobile Crisis Response Team (MCRT) - MCRT provides mobile mental health crisis services during business hours Monday through Friday.  MCRT is comprised of licensed clinicians and crisis case managers who are dedicated to resolving emergency situations by providing brief and intensive services with the goal of reducing the need for hospitalization.  MCRT provides community based interventions as well as answers the 24-hour crisis line during business hours.  MCRT staff routinely provides consultation and guidance to law enforcement personnel, hospital staff, court personnel, as well as various community agencies in an effort to ensure the emergent mental health needs of Johnson County residents are met.  MCRT clinicians facilitate mental health reform screens, PASRR screens, resident reviews and Crisis Intervention Assessments.  MCRT staff also provide liaison services to the state hospital, RSI and the Adult Detention Center.  

Mental Health Co-Responders - The Mental Health Co-responder Program embeds a mental health clinician from JCMHC within most local police departments.  The programs goal is to provide the right intervention at the right time in an effort to decrease unnecessary admissions to jail, emergency rooms and inpatient psychiatric units.  The Co-responder’s primary responsibility is to respond on scene with a law enforcement officer on calls when mental illness is identified as a possible factor.  The Co-responder will work with Crisis Intervention Team (CIT)  trained officers in providing community based interventions as well as follow up and referrals.  The co-responders hours are from 2:00pm to 10:00pm Monday through Friday.

Crisis Recovery Center (CRC) – CRC is a licensed ten bed, crisis residential facility staffed 24/7, 365 days per year.  CRC provides support and supervision in a safe environment to those in psychiatric crisis as an alternative to hospitalization.

For more information, please contact our Customer Care Center at 913-826-4200.

Genoa Pharmacy Services

Johnson County Mental Health Center provides pharmacy services for our consumers through Genoa, a QoL Healthcare Company. Genoa is able to fulfill all of Johnson County Mental Health Center’s consumers' medication needs on-site to ensure that they're provided with the best possible pharmacy services around.

If You Are a Consumer of Johnson County Mental Health Center, Genoa Pharmacy Can:

  • Fill all your medications
  • Provide a convenient on-site location that saves you a stop
  • Assist with insurance plans and questions, including Medicaid and Medicare
  • Provide medication delivery options
  • Dispense your medications in our Convenient Adherence Packaging so that they are easier to take
  • Personalize our service to fit your needs
  • Transfer prescriptions to the Genoa pharmacy for you
  • Send you refill reminders

Genoa Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday: 8:30am - 5pm
Closed for Lunch 12-1pm

To learn more, contact us today!


1125 W. Spruce St., Suite 300
Olathe, KS 66061
Phone: (913) 353-5544
Fax: (913) 489-3411

6440 Nieman Rd
Shawnee, KS 66203
Phone: (913) 268-3610
Fax: (913) 428-5492

Outpatient Services

Outpatient Adolescent Services Admission Handbook (PDF)
Outpatient Adult Services Admission Handbook (PDF)

The trained clinicians at Johnson County Mental Health provide evidence-based treatment such as cognitive behavior therapy and community reinforcement approach for adolescents and adults experiencing problems related to substance use and mental health issues. Clinicians use individualized interventions to build on strengths and motivate adolescents and adults to begin and maintain the recovery process.


Services are located at 1125 W. Spruce, Olathe, KS and 6000 N Lamar, Mission, KS. 

  • Group Counseling (Monday-Friday, Day and Evening times available)
  • Individual Counseling (Monday-Friday, Day and Evening times available)
  • Case Management Services
  • Family Counseling
  • ​Family/Concerned Other Support Groups (18 and up - walk ins welcome)
    • 6000 Lamar, Mission - Wednesdays 12-1pm


  • Each client receives a thorough assessment at admission to determine level and intensity of treatment.
  • The intensity and duration of treatment is based on the severity of symptoms and rate of progress.
  • Some clients may have legal obligations that mandate a specific frequency, quantity, or length of treatment.
  • An individualized treatment plan is developed with each client.


  • Decrease the use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs
  • Increase positive relationships with family
  • Increase participation in pro-social activities
  • Increase positive interactions with the community
  • Decrease criminal involvement


  • Alcohol/Drug Refusal Skills
  • Relapse Prevention Skills
  • Relationship Building Techniques
  • Communication Skills
  • Anger Management Techniques
  • Problem Solving Skills
  • Pro-social Activities
  • Mental Health Concerns
  • Community-based Recovery Supports


Johnson County residents are eligible for a sliding scale fee based upon income and family size with ID, proof of income, and proof of residency. Private pay and some insurance accepted. 

For further information, please call 913-826-4200.

Outpatient Adolescent Services Admission Handbook (PDF)

Outpatient Adult Substance Admission Handbook (PDF)


Prevention Services

Prevention Services is a department of the Johnson County Mental Health Center and has been part of the statewide prevention network administered through addiction and prevention services, a division of Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (formally SRS), since 1990. Prevention Services is the local resource for comprehensive, professional substance abuse prevention services for individuals, families and community groups interested in deducing adolescent substance abuse and other problem behaviors. Prevention Services staff work to prevent substance abuse and it's negative consequences through community mobilization, coalition development, strategic planning, team building, multi-sector collaboration, grant writing, consultation and technical assistance, training and educational presentations, social marketing, legislative and media advocacy, program development and implementation, survey design, data collection, youth empowerment, research and evaluation. Some of the specific outreach and engagement activities include but are not limited to:

  • Coalition mobilization and organizational development
  • Delivery of a broad variety of alcohol, tobacco and other drug prevention education and skill building services to youth
  • Provide continuing education services and training throughout the county
  • Community mobilization and technical assistance to all school districts regarding CTC framework and the KCTC student survey
  • Provide education resources to the public through our R.R. Osborne Prevention Resource Library
  • Deliver alcohol, tobacco and other drug presentations and in-service trainings to JOCO schools                                                                          
  • Provide parenting education programs at the Adolescent Center for Treatment
  • Plan and implement the annual Youth Leadership Summit to assist JOCO middle and high school students with developing skills necessary to be positive role models to others and choose health behaviors.
  • Local substance abuse trend presentations through coalition efforts
  • PSA campaigns
  • Technical Assistance of the Kansas Communities That Care Survey utilization and data analysis

Psychiatric Medication Services

Information coming soon.



Substance Use Services

Adolescent Center for Treatment (ACT)

The Adolescent Center for Treatment is a 22 bed residential treatment program for youth ages 12-18 experiencing significant problems related to substance use.

Adult Detoxification Unit (ADU)

The Adult Detoxification Unit is a 14-bed unit which assists individuals safely through the process of acute withdrawal from alcohol and other drugs in a non-medical setting.

Outpatient Substance Use Disorder Services

Individual and group therapy is available for adults and adolescents experiencing problems related to substance use and co-occurring mental health conditions.

Regional Prevention Center

Works with coalitions and other community organizations to reduce the rate of alcohol and tobacco use among children and youth in Johnson County.


24 Hour Emergency Services