Emergency Services

Open Access

The Access Team operates Open Access and Crisis clinic. Open Access is a same day walk-in service that provides mental health assessments by licensed clinicians for persons seeking mental health treatment and care. Crisis clinic is available to any consumer with the need for face-to-face crisis support at either the Shawnee or Olathe location.

Crisis Assessment Team (CAT)

The Crisis Assessment Team (CAT) is the primary point of contact for all mental health emergencies occurring during evening, nighttime, weekend and holiday hours. CAT 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. The CAT team provides 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. CAT answers the 24-hour crisis line during non-business hours. CAT clinicians also facilitate mental health reform screens, crisis intervention assessments, Juvenile Detention Center and Corrections Intake (JIAC) assessments and juvenile detention suicide watch assessments.

The CAT team provides:

  • Mobile mental health crisis services during business hours Monday through Friday. 
  • Community-based interventions as well as answers the 24-hour crisis line during business hours.
  • 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.
  • Mental health reform screens:
    • Preadmission Screening Resident Review (PASRR)
    • Crisis Intervention Assessments
  • Serves as a liaison for 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 Johnson County Mental Health Center (JCMHC) within most of the police departments within Johnson County. The goal of the program is to provide the right intervention at the right time in an effort to prevent unnecessary arrests, decrease trips to the emergency rooms and reduce repeat calls for service for our law enforcement partners. 

The Co-Responder’s primary responsibility is to respond on scene with a law enforcement officer on calls when behavioral health is identified as a possible contributing factor. Additionally, Co-Responders conduct outreach and follow-up calls to individuals who had police contact as a result of a behavioral health crisis, with the intention of getting the individual the help they need to avoid future police contact. 

The Co-Responder often works with the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT)  trained officers in providing community based interventions as well as follow up and referrals. To learn more about JCMHC’s Co-Responder program, please see Johnson County's Co-Responder program: new solutions for law enforcement's interactions with mental health or see our JOCO Co-Responder Coverage Map to see the county’s Co-Responder coverage and contact information.