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Johnson County Mental Health Center offers a wide range of mental health and substance abuse services to Johnson County residents. The Mental Health Center serves as a safety net for individuals with the most severe forms of mental illness, including those who are unable to afford or access care elsewhere in the community. If we are not the appropriate provider for you, we will assist you in finding a provider in the community that can better meet your needs.

Like physical illnesses, mental illness shows itself in a variety of ways. Depending on the situation’s seriousness, a variety of treatment options are available. We provide services throughout the county with highly trained and compassionate professionals.

To contact Johnson County Mental Health, please call (913) 826-4200

Johnson County Mental Health Center complies with applicable federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national orgin, age, disability or sex.

Department News

School Board approves clinical co-responder position, partnership with Johnson County Mental Health
May 7, 2019

Gardner, Kansas (May 7, 2019) – The School Board for Unified School District 231 voted last night to approve a memorandum of understanding with Johnson County Mental Health Center for a full-time clinical co-responder embedded within the school district.

The co-responder will work in the school district, but will be a full-time employee of Johnson County Mental Health Center. The program allows Johnson County Mental Health Center to provide immediate assistance to students in need during a crisis situation. The position will be filled in July 2019.

“We are excited to be able to offer this support and service to our students and their families and our staff members. We are thankful for the relationship that has been developed between USD 231 and Johnson County Mental Health Center. By partnering together, we are better able to meet the needs of our community" said USD 231 Superintendent Pam Stranathan.

The Johnson County Board of County Commissioners approved the memorandum of understanding on Thursday, May 2. The arrangement will be a one year pilot with the potential to expand to other school districts in the county if the data reflects the anticipated impact. The county will continue to develop and track key performance indicators to determine if the pilot is a success.

“We are pleased to be able to partner with a school district in this way,” said Johnson County Mental Health Center Director Tim DeWeese, “It takes the community working together to end the stigma and start the necessary conversations about mental health in teens and adolescents.”

The school board approved $78,500 to fund the position during the 2019 – 2020 school year. Johnson County Board of County Commissioners approved the rest of the funding for the position using both mental health funding sources and some county tax support.

The Co-Responder Program began in 2011 with a pilot with the City of Olathe Police Department. Now, most communities in Johnson County have a co-responder embedded within their police department.

New pilot program offers mental health services to infants and their families
April 29, 2019

Johnson County Mental Health Center is piloting Attachment & Biobehavioral Catch-Up (ABC) for infants aged 6 – 24 months and their families. ABC strengthens a parent’s relations with his or her child, while helping the child to learn to regulate behaviors and emotions.

“This program is our first truly preventative program for children,” said Tim DeWeese, director of Johnson County Mental Health Center. “We know that children who face early attachment challenges are at greater risk for behavioral, emotional and physiological problems as they age. This program helps us reduce that risk.”

ABC consists of an intake assessment and ten weekly one-hour sessions in the home with the child and his or her parents. Certified ABC clinicians provide feedback to the parents as the parents learn to nurture their child and follow their child’s lead. The program is open to any family who may be considered “at risk,” based on the parents’ history or early experiences for the infant.

“The feedback we give to parents would actually be helpful to any parent,” said Division Director Janie Yannacito, one of the two ABC certified clinicians. “Many of these parents are used to being told what they’re doing wrong. This program emphasizes what they’re doing right.”

The program was developed by Dr. Mary Dozier at the University of Delaware. Yannacito and Case Manager Rachael Perez were certified in ABC in February, after going through a rigorous screening and training process. Since the program is a pilot, it is offered without charge. Families or referring organizations interested in the program can contact Yannacito at 913-826-1540 or Perez at 913-826-1522.

Mental Health Center seeks participants for accreditation process
March 26, 2019

As a step toward accreditation, Johnson County Mental Health Center has invited CARF International, to send a team of professionals, called surveyors, to visit its site and evaluate its services for quality. The surveyors consult with staff members and interview people who use the provider’s services. Based on the surveyors’ review, the Mental Health Center may be awarded CARF accreditation for one or three years. In some cases, a provider may need to improve its services before it can become accredited.

As part of the survey, the surveyors will interview people who receive services, their families, our staff, and others. Some questions the survey team members might ask people are:

  • Do we provide a clean and safe setting?
  • Do you receive the services you need and want?
  • Are you treated with respect?
  • Do you take part in planning your services?
  • Are you told what you need to know about your services?
  • Are your questions answered in a way you understand?
  • Do you know where to go with questions or concerns?

If you would like to talk with one of the survey team members or want to learn more about CARF International, please let one of our staff members know. You may also contact CARF International directly.

Internet: carf.org/contact-us
E-mail: feedback@carf.org
Mail: CARF International, 6951 East Southpoint Road, Tucson, AZ 85756, USA 
Telephone: 520-495-7001
Fax: 520-318-1129

What is accreditation?
Accreditation is a process that demonstrates a provider has met standards for the quality of its services. CARF International establishes these standards to guide providers in offering their services and also uses the standards to evaluate how well a provider is serving people and how it can improve.

What do you do when you have a complaint?
Even the best providers will receive a complaint from time to time. If you have a concern about the services you are receiving, you can take several steps.

  • Tell a staff member about your concern and ask who can resolve it.
  • If you are unable to quickly resolve the concern, ask a staff member to tell you how to use the grievance process.
  • If you feel your concern is not resolved through the grievance process, you may want to contact the Protection and Advocacy agency in your state, province, or territory. You might also contact the governmental agency that is responsible for licensing the provider to operate.

CARF is not connected with or responsible for the administration, acts, personnel, property, or practices of providers with accredited services.

JoCo Commission Increases Co-Responders by Two
February 14, 2019

The Johnson County Commission has agreed to increase — by two — the number of mental health co-responders who work with police departments to handle emergency calls involving someone with a mental illness.

Prairie Village, Leawood and Mission Hills will share one new full-time position, and the other person will be assigned to Lenexa.

Read more at: https://www.kansascity.com/news/local/community/joco-913/article225944105.html#storylink=cpy

 

Johnson County 'grows the conversation' about suicide
November 20, 2018

"As Johnson County comes to terms with a recent wave of youth suicides, a local coalition is redoubling efforts in prevention, intervention and awareness."

Read more at: https://shawneemissionpost.com/2018/11/19/johnson-county-grows-the-conversation-about-suicide-75252 

 

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