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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

Elijah B

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.





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