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- Seems withdrawn or isolated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 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.
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.