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Children & Family Services

Johnson County Mental Health Center offers pediatric services designed to serve youth ages 3 – 18 with emotional or behavioral issues.  An individualized plan of care is developed for each child/family based on a comprehensive assessment to determine need.

The program can help a family in situations where a child:

  • Frequently does not follow household rules
  • Has a dramatic change in personality or behaviors
  • Is verbally or physically assaultive
  • Seems withdrawn or isolated
  • Expresses suicidal/self-harm tendencies
  • Runs away or threatens to run away
  • Performs below their ability at school
  • Avoids school
  • Struggles in peer relationships
  • Has contact with the legal system due to their behavior
  • Is at risk of removal from the home due to hospitalization or placement

Services Available

Services focus on short-term interventions aimed at resolving difficulties and stabilizing behavior.  Services may include:

Community Based Services 

Services begin by an assessment that focuses on the strengths and needs of the child.  Based on this assessment, case managers work one-on-one with the youth and family to provide the services needed. Some examples of what a case manager might do are:

  • Help the family develop behavior management strategies for the home
  • Explore recreational and socialization opportunities available in the community
  • Teach the youth skills necessary for successful relationships
  • Identify and implement strategies with the youth and family for school success
  • Work on developing independent living skills

Psychosocial Groups

Groups are offered on a variety of topics including:  problem solving, social skills, leisure time training, health and personal relationships. A ratio of one staff to every four youth allows program participants to have support while they engage in a variety of activities. Different from “therapy groups”, psychosocial groups help children learn by doing.

Individual, Family & Group Therapy

Licensed Mental Health Professionals (LMHP) provide short-term, goal-directed therapeutic intervention to youth and families utilizing a wide range of specialized interventions and evidenced-based practices.

  • Improve family communications skills
  • Develop strategies to address emotionally charged problems
  • Restore balance to family relationships

Home and Community Based Waiver for Seriously Emotionally Disturbed (SED) Children and Youth

The SED Waiver is a federal Medicaid waiver program that the mental health center provides children who meet clinical and financial eligibility requirements. Services are specialized, intensive and time-limited to assist children and families in resolving difficulties, stabilizing behavior and improving the overall functioning of the child. 

Home and Community Based Waiver for Seriously Emotionally Disturbed (SED) Children and Youth (En Español)

The SED Waiver is a federal Medicaid waiver program. Local Community Mental Health Centers provide services covered by the program. Children who meet eligibility requirements will receive a medical card and are eligible for Medicaid physical and behavioral health services.

Forensic Services

Mental Health Clinicians provide services to individuals who are in the Johnson County Juvenile Justice system. The clinician located at the Juvenile Detention Center (JDC) provides crisis intervention services, suicide watch assessments, and mental health assessments for the Court. The JDC clinician meets with youth upon request to assist with managing their emotions while in JDC

Functional Family Therapy (FFT)

FFT is a evidence-based approach that has received international recognition for its outcomes in helping troubled youth and their families to overcome delinquency, substance abuse, and violence. FFT is a short-term treatment strategy of approximately 12-14 family sessions. The model includes treatment strategies that pave the way for motivating individuals and families to become more adaptive and successful in their own lives. Youth are referred to the team by Corrections staff or the Court. 

Children and Family Services Brochure

Children and Family Services Brochure en Español

Keeping Connected (PDF)

Families can contact Johnson County Mental Health Center's Customer Care Center at 913-826-4200 for more information about services for children and families.



Adult Services

Case Management Teams/Strengths Based Services

Every individual served through Adult Services is assigned a treatment team.  The purpose of case management in the strengths model is to assist people recover and reclaim their lives by identifying, securing, and sustaining the range of resources needed to live, work, and play as fully integrated citizens of the communities in which they live. It is based on a set of core principles that in part value the unique strengths and attributes of all individuals and views the community as a place of strength and resources. Strengths based case management also holds that the primary setting for our work is in the community. Through a community based approach case managers are able to directly assist people to access helpful community resources, teach daily living skills in each persons living/working environment, as well as observe and assist people in learning coping skills and skills and social skills needed to develop healthy relationships within their communities.

Adult services may also include a variety of specialty services which help meet specific needs in a more comprehensive way.


Individual and group counseling is focused is on offering short term interventions to resolve difficulties.  A wide range of specialized interventions are utilized based in individual needs.

Peer Support Services

Certified Peer Specialists are individuals who have advanced in their own recovery sufficiently to be of assistance to other mental health consumers. The goal of peer support is to aid individuals in their recovery and assist them in attaining the goal of living a fulfilling life in the community.

Vocational Services and Supported Education

The vocational team provides a wide range of employment and career development services, job development, on-site job coaching and educational support.

Forensic Services 

Forensic Services offers therapy, case management, peer support, competency evaluations and other services for individuals who are a part of the criminal justice system.  Forensic Services Staff have close relationships with members of the corrections community such as Court Services, Veterans Treatment Court, Probation, the Adult Residential and Detention Centers, as well as Kansas Parole and several judges and attorneys.

Young Adult / Transition Services

Specialized services designed for young adults who have a serious mental illness or a severe emotional disturbance to successfully transition to adult life.

Individuals can contact Johnson County Mental Health Center’s Customer Care Center at 913-826-4200 for more information about services.

24 Hour Emergency Services