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Need some help coping during this public health crisis? Here is our short, simple and curated list of resources.


Service updates related to COVID-19

Tuesday, July 27, 3:55 p.m.

Johnson County Mental Health Center is immediately reinstating our mask requirement based on the latest guidance from the CDC. All individuals, regardless of vaccination status, will be required to wear a mask.

  • The 24/7 Crisis Line (913-268-0156) is for any individual personally experiencing a mental health crisis or with someone who is experiencing a mental health crisis.
  • The Customer Care Center (913-826-4200) is available during business hours on weekdays for any non-emergency needs. Individuals can leave a message after hours, which will be returned the following business day.
  • Walk-in services, also known as Open Access, are available beginning at 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. each weekday at the Olathe or Shawnee offices.

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
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
Click to learn how to access mental health services.

 

Department News

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.

JoCo Commission Increases Co-Responders by Two
October 29, 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.

 

Commission approves increased staffing for Johnson County Mental Health as demand for services continues to grow
May 1, 2020

An increase in state funding this year may mean increased services or shorter wait times for people who use the Johnson County Mental Health Centers.

The Johnson County Commission increased staffing of four positions Thursday in an effort to keep up with rising demand. The county will add two full-time-equivalent positions for open access clinicians and one full-time dispatcher. Two other positions – vocational case manager and mental health clinician, will go from full- to part-time.

The commission gave its okay to add $328,000 in spending for 2019 to fund those positions, plus a smaller amount for the end of the current budget year. The jobs will not add to the county tax bill because they are paid through an increase in state funding of $380,000 for 2018-19.

Read more at: https://shawneemissionpost.com/2018/09/17/commission-approves-increased-staffing-for-johnson-county-mental-health-as-demand-for-services-continues-to-grow-73863

Johnson County Poised to Expand Mental Health Services
May 1, 2020

Johnson County’s proposed $1.1 billion budget for 2019 includes a $3 million increase in spending on mental health services.

The money would fund six additional workers at the Johnson County Mental Health Center, including three new case managers who would work with both children and adults.

Read more at: http://www.kcur.org/post/johnson-county-poised-expand-mental-health-services#stream/0

 

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