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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

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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.

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. 

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Department News

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

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

Blue Valley schools, Children’s Mercy partner for bigger conversation on teen suicide
September 10, 2018

“Just last year in Johnson County, Kansas - 15 students died by suicide across the county's six school districts. On Tuesday, a community event in Overland Park took a hard look at the tough topic. "Zero Reasons Why" was the message at a community event "Fore the Kids" - that no one should end their life.” See the video here: https://www.kmbc.com/article/blue-valley-schools-children-s-mercy-partner-for-bigger-conversation-on-teen-suicide/22868685

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

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