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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. 

Click this Access Services button to learn how to access mental health services
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Department News

Johnson County Mental Health Center Partners with EVERFI to Bring Mental Health Education to Schools Across Johnson County
August 26, 2019

Johnson County Mental Health Center (JCMHC) today announced a new program to bring critical mental health education to schools across Johnson County, Kansas. Starting in the 2019-20 academic year, JCMHC will be providing the digital resource, Mental Wellness Basics to all public and private schools in Johnson County - at no cost to schools. 

The new course, Mental Wellness Basics, introduces students to the experiences of others in order to develop awareness and empathy, reduce stigma and provide facts on the prevalence and symptoms of mental health conditions. The course was developed by EVERFI Inc.

“While there is broad recognition that mental health is a critical issue for youth, educators and counselors need diverse strategies to empower as many students as possible with the skills to support themselves and their peers,” said Tim DeWeese, Director of Johnson County Mental Health Center. “We are excited to partner with EVERFI in the development and implementation of programming to expand critical health literacy for thousands of Johnson County students.”

In addition to providing Mental Wellness Basics, JCMHC will now serve as the fiscal agent for the existing high school education program focused on alcohol abuse prevention, AlcoholEdu. These interactive digital resources, developed by EVERFI Inc., bring alcohol abuse prevention and mental wellness education to students in 8th through 12th grade.

“At EVERFI, we’re compelled to address the growing need for mental health and alcohol abuse prevention education by providing scalable solutions that deliver essential skills to students,” said EVERFI Co-founder and President of Global Partnerships Jon Chapman. “We are proud to collaborate with Johnson County Mental Health Center to support health literacy for the future leaders of Kansas and beyond.” 

Johnson County Mental Health Center is closely working with the Zero Reasons Why Teen Council to further drive course implementation in schools and bring awareness of the program to peers across the county.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health nearly one in five U.S. adults live with a mental illness, while 17.3 million Americans had at least one major depressive episode in 2017. In the same year 13 percent of Kansas youth reported they had at least one major depressive episode in the 12 months prior to the survey according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. A recent Pew Research study stated 70 percent of teens nationwide identify anxiety and depression as a major problem among people their age. 

Johnson County Mental Health Center earns maximum accreditation
June 7, 2019

CARF International has issued a Three-Year Accreditation to Johnson County Mental Health Center (JCMHC) for several of its programs after an extensive evaluation process. JCMHC is one of only two Community Mental Health Centers in Kansas with this recognition. The accreditation recognizes that JCMHC is guided by internationally recognized service standards and best practices.

“We’re very excited about this accreditation,” said Tim DeWeese, JCMHC director. “This demonstrates that we’ve made a specific commitment to put the needs of our residents at the center of everything we do.”

The accreditation process began with an internal review of program and business practices. Then a survey team of CARF-selected expert practitioners performed an onsite visit to review these practices and collect feedback from clients, community members, staff and key stakeholders.

“The survey team specifically remarked about the positive work culture we have here,” said JCMHC Deputy Director Susan Rome. “Their written report highlighted our commitment to person-centeredness and focusing on the strengths of each and every person. This speaks to the work of staff at every level of our organization.”

The accreditation applies specifically to these services: mental health case management for children, adolescents and adults; mental health crisis stabilization for adults; mental health outpatient treatment for children, adolescents and adults; and residential alcohol and other drug treatment at the Adolescent Center for Treatment. The accreditation extends through April 30, 2022.

“One of the requirements of this accreditation,” said DeWeese, “is a commitment to continual process improvement. This means an ongoing emphasis on reducing risk, addressing safety concerns, respecting cultural and individual preferences and providing the best quality of care.”

CARF International was founded in 1966 as the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. It is an independent, nonprofit accreditor of health and human services. 

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: [email protected]
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.

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