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Service updates related to COVID-19

Wednesday, May 19, 4:17 p.m.

Johnson County Mental Health Center is beginning to transition some services back to normal operations, following CDC’s latest mask guidance.

  • Clients and individuals who are fully vaccinated no longer need to wear a mask or physically distance when at Johnson County Mental Health Center with certain exceptions:
    • Staff and clients will be required to wear masks during in-person children’s psychosocial groups, regardless of vaccination status
    • Masks will still be worn whenever a client is present in transportation services by both staff and clients, regardless of vaccination status
    • Masks will still be worn in our correctional facilities and ACT/CRC/ADU, regardless of vaccination status
  • Those who are not fully vaccinated are expected to continue to wear a mask and to maintain 6’ of physical distance
  • We will no longer be asking clients and visitors to check in from their cars
  • Walk-in service and medication appointments will resume in-person
  • Medication appointments will continue by Zoom. If Zoom is not available, an in-person appointment will be necessary
  • Clients who did not keep their last appointment with their provider will have to come to the nursing clinic for a face-to-face nursing med check
  • The nursing clinic will be open for injections and related nursing med checks by appointment
  • Genoa Pharmacy's pick-up windows will be open for in-person service

Transportation services will continue to provide rides for essentials such as employment, medication, medical appointments and food. 

Individuals who would like to start services for themselves or their child can utilize our Open Access walk-in clinic at our Shawnee and Olathe locations. Walk-ins will be seen beginning at 9 a.m. and will be seen on a first come first served basis.

Like at other health facilities, any individual entering our building will answer brief screening questions related to COVID-19 and have their temperature taken. 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.

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.

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.

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.

Youth Health Guide
This guide will give you the facts and provide you with easy steps you can take to live a healthy life physically, mentally and emotionally. For a more accessible version please reach out to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

Additional resources

How to prepare for a virtual appointment
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

Youth suicide rates are rising in Kansas. A teen crisis center in Johnson County could help
June 2, 2021

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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Mon, 07/26/2021 - 5:30pm

Mental Health Advisory Board

Thu, 07/29/2021 - 5:30pm

Parent Connect

Thu, 08/05/2021 - 8:30am

ASIST Training

Thu, 08/26/2021 - 9:00am

Mental Health First Aid: Virtual Session

Wed, 09/15/2021 - 9:00am

Mental Health First Aid: Blended Session