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Service updates related to COVID-19

Thursday, May 7, 8:15 p.m.

The majority of our services are continuing virtually as the county begins to reopen. 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. 

A staff member will be greeting in-person visitors to any of our locations in the lobby and conducting a brief four question health screen and temperature check. 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 given a mask and 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. Some medications will still require face-to-face appointments. 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


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.

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

Teen Vaping is on the rise, and health experts say there's reason to be concerned
October 5, 2018

"It's not just a problem in high schools; it's a growing issue in middle schools, too."

See the video here: https://www.kmbc.com/article/teen-vaping-is-on-the-rise-and-health-experts-say-there-s-reason-to-be-concerned/23588001

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
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


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Tue, 05/26/2020 - 12:00pm

2020 Hope in Recovery Online Series

Thu, 05/28/2020 - 12:00pm

2020 Hope in Recovery Online Series

Thu, 05/28/2020 - 5:30pm

Parent Support Group

Tue, 06/02/2020 - 12:00pm

Mental Health Client Forum through Zoom

Mon, 07/27/2020 - 5:30pm

Mental Health Advisory Board