Children & Families (CFS)

Child and clinician

Johnson County Mental Health Center (JCMHC) offers pediatric services designed to serve youth ages 3 – 18  with severe emotional or behavioral issues and their families.  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  • Seems withdrawn or isolated 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 

Free Parenting and Childcare Provider Resources

Children and teens can develop the same mental health conditions as adults, but their symptoms may be different or hard to identify. If you need help recognizing behaviors of concerns and how to connect children to services check out this page with free parenting and childcare provider resources.

Services Available

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

Case Management

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.

Individual, Family & Group Therapy

Licensed Mental Health Professionals (LMHP) provide short-term, goal-directed therapeutic intervention to youth and families utilizing a wide range of specialized interventions and evidenced-based practices.

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

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

The SED Waiver is a federal Medicaid waiver program that the mental health center provides children who meet clinical and financial eligibility requirements. Services are specialized, intensive and time-limited to assist children and families in resolving difficulties, stabilizing behavior and improving the overall functioning of the child. 

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.

Get additional information regarding the SED Waiver. 

SED Waiver English

SED Waiver Spanish

Forensic Services

Mental Health Clinicians provide services to individuals who are in the Johnson County Juvenile Justice system. The clinician located at the Juvenile Detention Center (JDC) provides crisis intervention services, suicide watch assessments, and mental health assessments for the Court. The JDC clinician meets with youth upon request to assist with managing their emotions while in JDC.

Functional Family Therapy (FFT)

FFT is a evidence-based approach that has received international recognition for its outcomes in helping troubled youth and their families to overcome delinquency, substance abuse, and violence. FFT is a short-term treatment strategy of approximately 12-14 family sessions. The model includes treatment strategies that pave the way for motivating individuals and families to become more adaptive and successful in their own lives. Youth are referred to the team by Corrections staff or the Court.

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.

Hear how we’re making a difference

"Because of the services through JCMHC, we’ve felt more supported than we ever thought possible. We continue to be grateful for staff at JCMHC who have assisted us along our journey. We hope that one day we will no longer need the services that we have had to utilize, however we will be eternally grateful your services and support." -The Johnsons