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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

Proposed Kansas law would cut back suicide prevention training in schools
May 1, 2020

A bill moving through the Senate committee process could possibly change a law requiring schools to train all their employees on suicide prevention.

Those who support the bill say they are in support of the training, but they want to reduce the number of people required to take it.

Right now, every worker in Kansas schools is required to be trained to spot people with suicidal tendencies.

State lawmakers approved the Jason Flatt Act in 2016 which requires a minimum of one hour of training per person every school year. Now, a bill moving through the senate committee process could change that. 

“We just feel that there’s a price tag for people that are being trained that probably don’t have the connection with kids," said G.A. Buie, Executive Director of the Kansas Superintendents Association.

The proposed bill would change it so only “selected” staff would be required to do training. It would also remove the one-hour minimum.

Supporters say it’s not necessary to train people who have little contact with students. But, mental health experts disagree. They say the more people the better the chances of stopping someone from taking their life.

“I believe that you have to have interaction to be able to ask the most difficult question, and that is: are you thinking of killing yourself or are you thinking of committing suicide?” said Tim Deweese, Director of Johnson County Mental Health Center.

Read More : http://www.kctv5.com/story/37470692/proposed-kansas-law-would-cut-back-suicide-prevention-training-in-schools

Youth suicide rates are rising in Kansas. A teen crisis center in Johnson County could help
May 1, 2020

Youth suicide rates are rising in Kansas. A teen crisis center in Johnson County could help

But in the entire state of Kansas, no such public facility exists for teenagers. What’s more, the number of psychiatric residential treatment beds available to serve children in Kansas has plummeted in recent years, from about 780 in 2011, to only about 208 now.

At all times, about 15 Johnson County teenagers are on a waiting list for an open bed.

This is why a suicidal teenager might wind up in the juvenile unit at the Johnson County Detention Center instead of an appropriate mental health center. And the police officer who brings the youth there must stay with them, as the building is neither staffed nor designed to care for children suffering a mental health crisis.

Three Johnson County officials are working on a solution: Tim DeWeese, director of the county’s mental health center; Robert Sullivan, director of corrections; and Ted Jester, director of juvenile services.

They’ve scoured county buildings for an available space and have tapped state officials to map out licensing requirements.

The men began their work shortly before the death of John Albers, a suicidal 17-year-old who was shot and killed by an Overland Park police officer last month.

The tragedy steeled their resolve. As did news that two Shawnee Mission Northwest High School students took their own lives. And all of the other cases of young people dealing with mental health conditions, most of which do not become headline news.

Both Missouri and Kansas have high rates of youth suicide. And the pace is accelerating.

Envisioned is a crisis center that Kansas parents could bring children to as well. Nearly 50 percent of people treated at crisis centers can be stabilized within the first 48 hours, Sullivan said.

Mental health program expands in Johnson County
May 1, 2020

When it comes to mental health calls police are often the first responders, but despite some training, officers don't specialize in those types of issues. 

That's why Johnson County is expanding a program that dispatched trained professionals with officers on mental health calls. 

The trained professionals are called co-responders. 

Read More at: KSHB NEWS

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