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Service updates related to COVID-19

Tuesday, March 23, 1:04 p.m.

All routine appointments are currently being conducted virtually, with few exceptions based on client need or access to Internet. Individuals who would like to start services for themselves or their child can begin by calling us at 913-826-4200. Individuals experiencing a mental health crisis or those supporting someone in crisis are encouraged to call our 24/7 crisis line at 913-268-0156. In-person crisis care is still available in our offices, but should be used only when phone is not an option or the situation demands an in-person intervention. 

Individuals coming to the office can check-in from their car upon arrival by calling 913-826-4200 and a staff member will call them back when it's time for their appointment. Like at other health facilities, individuals will answer brief screening questions related to COVID-19. A staff member will also take each individual's temperature upon entering the building. Individuals who screen as being potentially ill will not be able to attend their appointment at that time and will be provided follow up plans. If the person is believed to be ill, but in crisis, the individual will be escorted to a safe location for follow up. Please wear a mask and maintain six feet of social distance when visiting the office.

Johnson County Mental Health Center is beginning to transition some services back to normal operations, following public health guidelines.

  • Medication appointments will continue by Zoom. If Zoom is not available, an in-person appointment will be necessary.
  • Clients who did not keep their last appointment with their provider will have to come to the nursing clinic for a face-to-face assessment.
  • The nursing clinic will be open for injections and related assessments by appointment.
  • Genoa Pharmacy's pick-up windows will be open for in-person service. 

Transportation services will continue to provide rides for essentials such as employment, medication, medical appointments and food. 


Resources related to the coronavirus and mental health

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Featured resources

It's Okay if You're not Okay with COVID-19
This article is a great place to start if you're trying to figure out how the pandemic might be impacting the way your are thinking, feeling or acting and what you can do to manage those experiences.

Mental Health Moment
Sign-up to get a weekly note of positivity in your inbox, focusing on kindness, coping and connection.

It's Okay if You're not Okay podcast
This mental health podcast with personality launched in September of 2019, but has been doing some special episodes related to coping and self-care in these challenging times.

The Compassion Project and other resources for at home learning
We've partnered with EVERFI to offer a variety of resources for every elementary, middle and high school student in Johnson County.

Front Line Support
We're providing expanded mental health support to front line workers and first reponders during the pandemic.

Building Blocks for Anti-racism
Johnson County Mental Health Center has a commitment to anti-racism. These are the building blocks of how we intend to carry out that commitment.

Youth Health Guide
This guide will give you the facts and provide you with easy steps you can take to live a healthy life physically, mentally and emotionally. For a more accessible version please reach out to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

Additional resources

How to prepare for a virtual appointment
CDC on Coping
Helping children cope with disasters
Children's reactions and parents' response
Helping kids cope with COVID-19 anxiety
Managing anxiety for adults
Resource for older adults and people with disabilities


Johnson County Mental Health Center is the gateway to mental health in Johnson County, providing a wide range of mental health and substance abuse services to county residents. 

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Department News

Study confirms Johnson County Sheriff & Mental Health Center reduce recidivism among people with mental illness
April 22, 2021

Study confirms Johnson County Sheriff & Mental Health Center reduce recidivism among people with mental illness

A new study from the University of Notre Dame’s Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities confirmed that Johnson County’s Brief Jail Mental Health Screening (BJMHS) and mental health outreach program significantly reduces the number of people with mental illness returning to jail. The initiative is a partnership between Johnson County Mental Health Center (JCMHC) and Johnson County Sheriff’s Office. Residents of Johnson County who identify with a serious mental illness (SMI) after taking the BJMHS had a reduction in returning to jail (recidivism) at 60, 180, and 360 days after release from jail compared to those who screened with an SMI who were residents of neighboring counties and did not receive outreach.

“The results of the research confirm what we’ve seen in real life within our community,” said Johnson County Mental Health Center Director Tim DeWeese. “People are getting the care they need and we’re reducing the cost on both the criminal justice and health care systems. This is good for the individuals and the whole community.”

At the time that an individual is booked in the jail after their arrest, they undergo the BJMHS to determine if they are in need of further mental health assessment or treatment. JCMHC’s team within the jail provides mental health support while an individual is incarcerated. Upon release, case managers from JCMHC reach out to those who score on the BJMHS as greatest need for ongoing support within 72 hours after release in order to provide support and information about mental health services. Of those eligible for outreach, more than one quarter of them have been connected to mental health services.

“This program could become a model across the region or even the nation,” said Johnson County Sheriff Cal Hayden. “This is an example of the good that can happen for a community when government agencies work together and share information.”

The BJMHS and outreach program are two significant features of Johnson County’s commitment to the Stepping Up Initiative, a national commitment to reducing the number of people with mental illness in jails. Johnson County was one of the first four counties in the nation to commit to the goals outlined in the initiative when it first launched in 2015. In 2018, Johnson County was one of seven counties in the nation to be named a Stepping Up Innovator County. This designation was given to counties considered leaders in the initiative that are committed to helping provide training and information for other counties. Douglas County, Kansas also received this designation.

Johnson County Suicide Prevention Coalition launches website, resources
March 23, 2021

Johnson County Suicide Prevention Coalition launches website, resources 

(Olathe, KS – March 23) The Johnson County Suicide Prevention Coalition (SPC) launched a new website (suicideprevention.jocogov.org). The new online presence will increase awareness on the work of the coalition and provide an easy way for community members to request suicide prevention resources for their family, work or community organization.

“Our hope is that this new online presence will accelerate the work of suicide prevention in Johnson County by making it easier for community members to get direct access to resources,” said Sondra Wallace, chair of the Johnson County Suicide Prevention Coalition.

The Johnson County SPC was founded in 2012 by Johnson County Mental Health Center (JCMHC) in order to increase community awareness, education and outreach. Currently, there are more than 450 members representing more a variety of businesses and organizations in Johnson County. Information about the SPC was available previously as a page on JCMHC’s website. It now has its own dedicated website where community members can download suicide prevention resources and order materials such as car magnets or gun locks.

“The Suicide Prevention Coalition has demonstrated that it is a critical part of our overall strategy to prevent suicides and raise awareness about mental health in Johnson County,” said JCMHC Director Tim DeWeese. “It’s one of the reasons why we are seeing an increase in the number of people reaching out for help with their mental health, while also seeing a decrease in the number of deaths by suicide.”

Individuals interested in joining the SPC can email [email protected]. Community members who would like to support the work of suicide prevention in Johnson County can donate to SPC through Friends of Johnson County Mental Health Center at friendsofjcmhc.org

JCMHC announces recipients of 2020 Youth Leadership Mini-Grants
January 8, 2021

Johnson County Mental Health Center is pleased to announce the recipients of 2020 Youth Leadership Mini-Grants. The organizations and projects below have been developed to promote mental wellbeing and the prevention of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs among youth in Johnson County. The mini-grants were awarded in December and each of these programs will be launching their initiatives in January and February.

  • Blue Valley Academy High School will be sending postcards to all 790 students, addressing self-care and alcohol, tobacco and other drug prevention.
  • Chisholm Trail Middle School will be sending postcards to all 730 students, addressing self-care and alcohol, tobacco and other drug prevention.
  • Olathe Teen Council, sponsored by the City of Olathe, will organize a community-wide virtual 5k run/walk scavenger hunt to raise awareness about substance abuse and its relationship to mental health. 
  • Harmony Middle School will be sending post cards to all 555 students, addressing self-care and alcohol, tobacco and other drug prevention. Additionally, they will be creating related “cup messages” in the fence throughout the school year. 
  • Olathe East’s Be the Voice student organization will be painting a mural in the school reflecting the theme of breaking barriers.
  • Olathe Northwest High School will be sending postcards to all 1840 students and 200 staff, addressing self-care and alcohol, tobacco and other drug prevention.
  • Westridge Middle School will be sending postcards to all 790 students, addressing self-care and alcohol, tobacco and other drug prevention.
     

These mini-grants were made possible through the contribution of Alcohol Tax Funds from Johnson County and nine cities, overseen by United Community Services of Johnson County’s Drug and Alcoholism Council and Johnson County Mental Health Center. The nine cities are Gardner, Leawood, Lenexa, Merriam, Mission, Olathe, Overland Park, Prairie Village and Shawnee.

JCMHC Director Tim DeWeese issues statement on mental health and civil unrest
September 10, 2020

Tim DeWeese issued this statement on Wednesday, June 3, 2020 by social media.

I want to take a moment to recognize the impact on our mental health surrounding the events in the past few months. We are still amidst a pandemic that has disrupted many of our homes and livelihoods. We are also witnessing community unrest while pursuing social change through challenging historic and systemic racial injustices. These experiences, layered on one another, can be emotionally dysregulating, cause turmoil and test the way we take care of ourselves and one another.

Even so, these conversations must continue. To not talk about racial injustices is to perpetuate them. So, as members of our communities continue to experience and engage in these realities, we must find ways to address these disparities while paying close attention to our own mental health.

Pausing to recognize what we’re feeling is an essential part of regulating our emotions. The feelings are real and they are valid. Sometimes they can also be overwhelming. Practicing self-care, talking to others and seeking out help are all important steps in maintaining our mental health.

We should look out for one another, too. We need to make sure that our friends, family members and neighbors don’t feel alone with their emotions. There are warning signs for when someone may be at risk. Asking someone how they are doing is a good first step. 

I have said many times over the years that civility should be placed on the endangered species list and this is certainly the case right now. Kindness, compassion and empathy go a long way in both our mental health and our willingness to change our behaviors. We must remember in these days that the struggle isn’t against one another, it is on behalf of one another.
 

Johnson County Mental Health Center expands mental health services, resources in response to COVID-19
April 6, 2020

Johnson County Mental Health Center (JCMHC) has been modifying and expanding services to respond to the increased community need. These shifts include adding staff to answer the 24/7 crisis line (913-268-0156), increasing caseloads, providing phone and curbside options for medication refills and providing psychosocial groups by Zoom. 

“We are here for our community,” said JCMHC Director Tim DeWeese. “People are feeling anxiety, sadness, isolation and grief during this time. It’s important for everyone to know that these feelings are normal, they are not alone and help is available.”

Community members who are not in crisis, but still experiencing mental health concerns are invited to call 913-826-4200 to set up an initial conversation regarding needs and services. Case management and counseling are currently being conducted virtually using video and phone technology. Individuals in crisis or who are caring for someone in crisis are invited to call the 24/7 crisis line at 913-268-0156.

JCMHC has also been building new online resources for all community members, even if they are not receiving professional services. Community members can visit jocogov.org/mentalhealth to access many of these resources or to sign up for the new weekly Mental Health Moment, which is being emailed out each Wednesday offering positive messages of kindness, connection and coping. 

“Our staff members are vetting resources and coming up with new ideas to engage our community with messages of hope,” explained Shana Burgess, director of prevention services and community relations. “We’ve received permission from several national authors and publishers to begin reading children’s books on our Facebook page to provide comfort and support to families at home.”

Prevention services staff members are partnering with schools to provide mental health resources for staff and students. Co-Responders are responding to behavioral health concerns with local law enforcement agencies as normal. JCMHC’s residential treatment programs are providing service, but with modified admissions to support social distancing. Reading on Facebook is expected to begin within the next two weeks and can be accessed at facebook.com/jocomnh

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