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Mental Health Diversion Program

The Mental Health Diversion Program is a joint effort between the Johnson County Mental Health Center (JCMHC) and the Johnson County District Attorney; the City of Olathe Prosecutor; and the City of Overland Park Prosecutor. The Mental Health Diversion program may be available to clients struggling with Serious Mental Illness (SMI). The objective of the program is to directly support clients with their mental health treatment through a provider with JCMHC in lieu of further prosecution for their offense.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • A mental health diversion application must be filled out and turned into the appropriate court
  • Candidate must meet JCMHC’s criteria for functional level of care (SPMI, PRE, or SED)
  • Meet JCMHC’s residency requirements
  • Be willing to participate in all aspects of mental health treatment as guided by JCMHC
  • Maintain a Release of Information between JCMHC and the respective entity for diversion

Please contact the city or office of the District Attorney for more details regarding eligibility requirements.

Phone Numbers:

Johnson County District Attorney- 913-715-3114

Olathe Prosecutor- 913-971-6742

Overland Park Prosecutor- 913-327-6870


City of Olathe, KS

City of Overland Park, KS

Johnson County resident

Out-of-County resident

Currently, applications for Mental Health Diversion are available online. You may also pick up an application at the DA's Office (150 W Santa Fe St, Olathe KS, 66061). For more information please call 913-715-3114.


All questions regarding the mental health diversion program should be directed to the city prosecutor’s office or Johnson County District Attorney. Any questions about your legal situation should be shared with your legal representative. JCMHC does not provide legal advice nor determines final eligibility for the diversion programs. The final determination of eligibility for mental health diversion will be at the discretion of the city prosecutor or the district attorney.

Front Line Support

“We recognize the unique needs of staff working on the front lines during this COVID-19 crisis, along with the impact on your families. The work can take a toll on your mental wellness, and there is help. Through the support of some of our local foundations, we are able expand our services in this area. We thank you for your service in our community and want to reciprocate by serving you.”
- Susan Rome, deputy director, Johnson County Mental Health Center

Mental Health & Wellness Resources

How to get help

Johnson County Mental Health Center

  • The Crisis Line (913-268-0156) is for any individual personally experiencing a mental health crisis or with someone who is experiencing a mental health crisis.
  • The Customer Care Center (913-826-4200) is available during business hours for any non-emergency needs. Individuals can leave a message after hours, which will be returned the following day.
  • Walk-in hours are available beginning at 9 a.m. each weekday at the Olathe or Shawnee offices.

Support organizations

United Way 211

Resource referral source accessed by dialing 211 from any phone or online.

Signature Psychiatric Hospital

Beyond the Call is an outpatient program for first-responders, military members and their families. The group meets 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Monday - Friday.
Valor Recovery Program is a 28-day inpatient program for first-responders and veterans.

Online recovery meetings with We Connect Recovery

The Battle Within

Provides free licensed teletherapy for first-responders of COVID-19.

Code 1 Wellness

The vision is simple: to aid in the prevention and treat the causes of mental distress that currently take the lives of heroes in uniform.

Warriors’ Ascent

First-responder and veterans participate in a free five day retreat and engage in activities to promote psychological knowledge, insight, emotion, regulation, mindfulness and physical health.

Basic Mental Wellness Information

  • Structure your days and weeks.
  • Talk to people. This can be by phone, video chats or apps, such as Marco Polo, Zoom or Facetime.
  • Check-in on friends, family and coworkers.
  • Help others with projects online or over the phone. Offer skills that you can do for others remotely.
  • Give yourself permission to feel down. It really is okay if you’re not okay.
  • Talk about your feelings with others.
  • Keep a written or video journal.
  • Do things that feel good to you.
  • Exercise.
  • Recognize that others are having many of the same feelings that you are.
  • Make sure you’re meeting your essential nutritional needs.
  • Drink plenty of water and avoid using substances such as alcohol or drugs for coping.
  • Make as many daily decisions as you can to give you a feeling of control over the situation.

Coping/Self Care

Additional Resources

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – 1-800-273-8255 or text 741741
National Disaster & Distress Helpline – 1-800-985-5990
Veteran’s Crisis line – 1-800-273-8255 (press 1) or text 838255

Housing and Credit Counseling, Inc

Offers free counseling by phone for people who are fighting back after Covid-19, budgeting to scale back, late paying their mortgage, needing to talk with a landlord if rent payments will be late, wondering what the timeline is for a legal eviction if rent is late, paying student loans, getting “pay day” type loans, living paycheck-to-paycheck.

Kansas Legal Services

Provides free forms for Durable Power of Attorney (has to be notarized) and a Living Will (which requires two witnesses over the age of 18).

Health Journeys free daily meditations

Mental Health Moment weekly email

It's Okay if You're not Okay mental health podcast


  • Calm for meditation and sleep
  • Happify - effective tools and programs to better control your emotional wellbeing
  • Headspace - provides 10 minute mediation sessions with the first 10 days being at no charge
  • My3 - Helps you be prepared to help yourself and reach out to others if you have thoughts of suicide

Free Resilience Training


Pause to Take Care of Yourself free resilience training

Free resilience training for Johnson County health care workers. Join Kim Colegrove from Pause First Academy to discover tools to mitigate stress, regulate emotions and improve overall health.

For information and registration, please contact 913-715-7880 or [email protected]. These events are sponsored by Johnson County Mental Health Center.

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