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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

Monday, September 14, 7:55 a.m.

The majority of our services are continuing virtually. 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.

Clients in need of a medication refill should call 913-826-4200 to see if their medication can be refilled over the phone or to schedule an appointment with the Nursing Clinic. Genoa Pharmacies are closed to foot traffic. Individuals can call the Olathe location at 913-353-5544 and the Shawnee location at 913-268-3610 four to five days before they run out of medication to coordinate medication delivery or pick up. Payment will be processed over the phone.

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.

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 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

 

Johnson County mental health officials discuss suicide prevention
May 1, 2020

“Suicide does not discriminate based on social status, level of celebrity, financial status, race or gender,” said Johnson County Mental Health Emergency Service Director, Rob McDougall. “Everybody and anybody is susceptible to suicide, and unfortunately the higher profile deaths this week highlight this fact.”

See the video here: https://www.kshb.com/news/local-news/johnson-county-mental-health-officials-discuss-suicide-prevention

Expert: Face-to-face connections helpful in suicide prevention
May 1, 2020

"If there's something off about the person, if you've noticed something different, but you have to have a connection with someone in order to notice that."

See the full video at: http://www.kmbc.com/article/expert-says-face-to-face-connections-helpful-in-suicide-prevention/21241608

Don’t be afraid to ask for help: Kate Spade’s death prompts conversations about mental health
May 1, 2020

 Many times, people shy away from the word “suicide," but news of designer Kate Spade's death has prompted discussions about mental health and suicide prevention across the country.

Read More At: http://fox4kc.com/2018/06/05/dont-be-afraid-to-ask-for-help-kate-spades-death-prompts-conversations-about-mental-health/

Johnson County named Stepping Up Innovator County for efforts to reduce the number of people with mental illnesses in jail
May 1, 2020

Johnson County was selected as one of seven counties in the nation as a Stepping Up Innovator County for its expertise in taking actions to reduce the number of people in jail who experience mental illness.

As an Innovator County, Johnson County’s efforts will be highlighted as part of a new push from Stepping Up: A National Initiative to Reduce the Number of People with Mental Illnesses in Jails to help counties consistently identify and collect data on this population.

“On behalf of the Board of County Commissioners, I want to congratulate the county professionals — mental health clinicians, law enforcement officers and many others — who have worked hard to earn this national designation and to better serve our community’s vulnerable populations,” said Chairman Ed Eilert.

Each of the seven Innovator Counties is using the Stepping Up suggested three-step approach to having accurate, accessible data on people who have serious mental illness in their jails.

Those steps include: establish a shared definition of serious mental illness for local criminal justice and behavioral health systems’ Stepping Up efforts; ensure everyone booked into jail is screened for mental illness and those who screen positive are referred to a follow-up clinical assessment and regularly report on this population.

“Every day, people with mental illness are booked into jails across the country,” said Mental Health Center Director Tim DeWeese. “The number of people who have mental illnesses in jail is three to six times higher than that of the general public. We’re grateful to the county’s leadership for making Stepping Up a priority, allowing us to help those who experience mental illness avoid incarceration and to receive the help they deserve.”

Read More: http://www.shawneedispatch.com/news/2018/may/17/johnson-county-named-stepping-innovator-county-eff/

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Upcoming Events

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Thu, 10/29/2020 - 5:30pm

Parent Support Group

Tue, 11/10/2020 - 9:00am

Mental Health First Aid: Virtual Session

Tue, 11/10/2020 - 5:30pm

Canceled - Mental Health Client Forum

Tue, 11/17/2020 - 5:30pm

LGBTQ+ Caregiver Support Group