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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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School Districts launch “O Reasons Why”
September 18, 2018

“Six districts in Johnson County are coming together to launch a new suicide prevention campaign. It’s called “O Reasons Why” reference to a show on Netflix that some believe promoted suicide.”

See the video here: http://us.vocuspr.com/ViewNewsOnDemand.aspx?Email=lori.sand%40jocogov.org&Date=9%2f14%2f2018+10%3a05%3a24+AM&ArticleID=3412553_25586_420111011

Dozens gather in JoCo for training that focuses on preventing suicide in LGBTQ community
September 18, 2018

"As part of National Suicide Prevention Week, the Johnson County Suicide Prevention Coalition Friday is hosting training to prevent self harm among those with alternative lifestyles."

See the video here: https://fox4kc.com/2018/09/14/training-focuses-on-preventing-suicide-in-lgbtq-community/

Johnson County approves adding more jobs, help at Mental Health Center
September 18, 2018

On Thursday, the Johnson County Board of Commissioners approved adding an extra dispatcher at the Johnson County Mental Health Center and two clinicians at the Olathe and Shawnee clinics and expanded two part-time positions to full-time.

See the video here: https://fox4kc.com/2018/09/13/johnson-county-approves-adding-more-jobs-help-at-mental-health-center/.

Commission approves increased staffing for Johnson County Mental Health as demand for services continues to grow
September 17, 2018

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

Kansas superintendents work together to address teen suicide
September 10, 2018

“Johnson County Mental Health says the teen suicide rate in the county has nearly doubled in the first six months of 2018.

The Kansas City Star reports that Blue Valley, De Soto, Gardner Edgerton, Olathe, Shawnee Mission and Spring Hill school districts in Johnson County have announced plans to work together on the issue. The districts also plan to consult mental health providers, parents, religious leaders and local businesses.

Tim DeWeese is the executive director of Johnson County Mental Health. He says it's an unprecedented collaboration for the area, as school leaders and community groups have typically worked separately on mental health and suicide prevention programs.” See the video here: https://www.kmbc.com/article/kansas-superintendents-work-together-to-address-teen-suicide/22709921

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