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Outpatient adult services

About outpatient adult services

Outpatient Adult Services Admission Handbook (PDF)

The trained clinicians at Johnson County Mental Health provide evidence-based treatment such as cognitive behavior therapy and community reinforcement approach for adolescents and adults experiencing problems related to substance use and mental health issues. Clinicians use individualized interventions to build on strengths and motivate adolescents and adults to begin and maintain the recovery process.


Services are located at 1125 W. Spruce, Olathe, Kansas and 6440 Nieman Rd, Shawnee, Kansas. 

Structure of treatment:

  • Each client receives a thorough assessment at admission to determine level and intensity of treatment.
  • The intensity and duration of treatment is based on the severity of symptoms and rate of progress.
  • Some clients may have legal obligations that mandate a specific frequency, quantity, or length of treatment.
  • An individualized treatment plan is developed with each client.

Goals of treatment:

  • Decrease the use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs
  • Increase positive relationships with family
  • Increase participation in pro-social activities
  • Increase positive interactions with the community
  • Decrease criminal involvement

Areas of focus:

  • Alcohol/Drug Refusal Skills
  • Relapse Prevention Skills
  • Relationship Building Techniques
  • Communication Skills
  • Anger Management Techniques
  • Problem Solving Skills
  • Pro-social Activities
  • Mental Health Concerns
  • Community-based Recovery Supports


Johnson County residents are eligible for a sliding scale fee based upon income and family size with ID, proof of income, and proof of residency. Private pay and some insurance accepted. 

For further information, please call 913-826-4200.

Outpatient Adult Substance Admission Handbook (PDF)


Other Services:

  • Gambling: Johnson County Mental Health Center offers outpatient adult problem gambling assessment and individual counseling services.   Problem Gambling services are designed to meet the needs of individuals who may also have mental health and/or substance use disorders.  Length of treatment is based upon symptom severity and progress.  Individuals without private insurance may qualify for the state’s Problem Gambling and Addiction Fund.  If you qualify for these funds, you may not be refused problem gambling treatment services based on an inability to pay as long as funds are available.
  • MAT: Johnson County Mental Health Center (JCMHC) offers Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT), for individuals experiencing an alcohol or opioid use disorder.  The MAT program requires that in addition to the medication, participants are active clients of JCMHC and adhere to all treatment recommendations which may include case management and therapy. JCMHC does have limited grant funds for those who qualify as well as accepts various insurance and prescription assistance programs to assist with out of pocket costs.
  • Tobacco Cessation Services: Johnson County Mental Health Center offers outpatient tobacco assessment and counseling services designed to meet the needs of individuals with mental health and/or substance use disorders.  Outpatient clients receive individual counseling and length is based on symptom severity and progress in treatment.

Adult Detox

Adult Detoxification Admission Handbook (PDF)

The Adult Detoxification Unit is a 14-bed unit that assists individuals safely through the process of withdraw from alcohol or other drugs in a non-medical setting. ADU accepts admissions 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. At ADU we believe that every individual deserves the opportunity for recovery.

ADU services are designed to assist individuals safely through the difficulties and dangers of withdraw from alcohol and/or drugs. Symptoms are monitored and evaluated by ADU staff throughout the client's stay, and referred for medical care when necessary.

Prior to discharge, clients are referred to other service providers for ongoing services or  connected with community-based recovery support groups such as AA or NA.

Referrals to mental health services are made for clients with co-occurring mental health needs.

Each client is assigned to a semi-private room with a bathroom. Bedding and towels are provided. Meals are served at the facility.

Services are available to individuals,18 years of age or older, who are in need of a safe, supportive environment in which to manage their withdrawal from alcohol and / or drugs.

Admission Criteria
Referrals to the program are typically screened by telephone prior to admission to ensure appropriate placement, but drop-in clients may be admitted if appropriate. For screening information call 913-826-4100.

  • Clients must have used alcohol and/or other drugs prior to admission and experiencing symptoms of withdraw
  • ​Clients must be medically stable and ambulatory.
  • Clients must be free from suicidal, homicidal or psychotic behaviors.
  • Clients on medications are accepted. Prescription medications must be in original pharmacy-labeled containers.

For further information, referrals, pre-admission screenings:

Adult Detox Unit: 913-826-4100

Adult Detoxification Admission Handbook (PDF)

Adolescent Outpatient Addiction Services


About the AOAS program

AOAS serves the whole person by offering, during treatment, evidence-based practices such as cognitive behavioral therapy, trauma informed care, motivational interviewing and positive behavioral support.

We focus on teaching the skills for long-term success in recovery: alcohol/drug refusal, relapse prevention, relationship building, living in balance skills, communication, problem solving, mental health and community-based recovery. These services are led by a licensed (addiction and mental health) counselor, a case manager and in collaboration with family and community partners.

AOAS treatment goals

  • Decrease the use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs
  • Increase positive relationships
  • Increase participation in pro-social activities
  • Increase positive interaction with community members
  • Refrain from criminal involvement.


  • Johnson county resident
  • Youth 12 to 18 years of age
  • A need for outpatient treatment, as indicated by a substance use disorder (SUD) evaluation. 


Johnson County residents are eligible for a sliding scale fee based on income and family size. JCMHC accepts Kansas Medicaid, Block Grant, private insurance and self-pay.

How to start Adolescent Outpatient Addiction Services (AOAS)

For further information, or to schedule a SUD Evaluation call 913-782-0283.

Treatment rules & expectations

General group rules

  • Attend all groups, as scheduled, as designated by your Substance Use Disorder (SUD) counselor. Absences must be approved in advance. A total of three absences from group and/or individual without advance notice or failure to complete the required number of group hours as agreed upon with your counselor may result in unsuccessful discharge from treatment.
  • Participate in group discussions and activities. Stay focused on the group topic and your treatment goals.
  • Complete program assignments in a timely manner.
  • Turn off your cell phones during group. You are not allowed to make or receive calls, send or receive text messages, or play games. 
  • Abstain from alcohol and other drug use. Demonstrate abstinence by completing scheduled drug/alcohol testing.
  • Respect confidentiality. Information disclosed in group is private and should not be shared with anyone outside the group. The identity of group members is also confidential.
  • Avoid drug glorification and “war stories.” 
  • Refrain from making rude or sexual comments and threats of any kind. Violence is not tolerated.

Family participation

  • An adult family member is encouraged to attend each Family Group session as scheduled and any family meetings arranged by the counselor. 
  • The family is responsible for arranging the client’s transportation to and from counseling sessions and required drug/alcohol testing appointments.
  • A parent/guardian is responsible for making payments toward the cost of services, in accordance with the payment schedule developed at the time of intake.
  • The family is urged to maintain a drug and alcohol-free household while their child is in treatment and continuing care.
  • Family members are encouraged to communicate concerns and relevant information to their assigned counselor.

Alcohol or drug intoxication

Any client suspected of being under the influence of alcohol or other drugs will be asked to leave group.

Drug testing policy 

All clients are expected to participate in drug testing while in outpatient treatment and continuing care. Testing will be arranged by the client’s treatment counselor or probation officer. Clients will be assigned a pin number and required to call the phone number (816-822-4656) daily to find out if their pin number is being tested that day.
Testing is conducted by a professional laboratory service at the locations listed below and costs the client up to $17 for standard testing, unless special testing is requested. All positive tests, after the second week of treatment, must be confirmed by GC/MS analysis if there are any questions about the results and/or if requested by the court. Failure to show for a required test or having a diluted test result may be treated as a positive test.

Averhealth drug testing locations

120 E Park St
Olathe, KS 66061
Phone/Fax: 913-233-4986
Hours: 8 a.m. — 6 p.m., Monday - Friday

8001 Shawnee Mission Parkway #100
Merriam KS., 66202 
Phone/Fax: 913-257-3836
Hours: 8 a.m. — 6 p.m., Monday - Friday

Adolescent Center for Treatment

About ACT

ACT is a 10-bed residential facility for adolescents experiencing problems related to drugs or alcohol. The program is staffed 24 hours a day by licensed clinicians, case managers and direct care staff, providing teens with a safe, trauma informed environment to begin their recovery. 

ACT has provided affordable and effective substance use disorder treatment for over 35 years. Our program utilizes evidence-based practices to help adolescents understand the harmful effects of alcohol and other drug use and develop the necessary attitudes and skills to support recovery.

Treatment goals

  • To identify the benefits of a clean and sober lifestyle.
  • To improve family relationships, academic performance, and legal issues impacted by their substance use.
  • To address co-occurring mental health concerns
  • To develop an individualized recovery plan.


  • Adolescents 12 to 18 years of age.
  • An alcohol and drug assessment must indicate the need for residential treatment.
  • Free of the need for major medical or psychiatric services.


We accept Kansas Medicaid, Block Grant, private insurance and self-pay. Johnson County residents are eligible for a sliding scale fee based on income and family size.

All clients are encouraged to participate in and referred to outpatient services upon discharge. 

For further information, to make a referral or schedule a confidential assessment:
Adolescent Center for Treatment: 913-826-4200

If admission or an assessment/evaluation has already been scheduled, the following information sheet(s) must be completed and returned with requested documents:

Scheduled Admission Needed Info/Documents: (Please complete and return all documents prior scheduled admission) These can be completed electronically, and returned by camera/phone, by email, or by fax.

Scheduled Assessment/Evaluation (including required School Assessments) Needed Info/Documents: (Please complete and return all documents prior scheduled assessment/evaluation.) These can be completed electronically, and returned by camera/phone, by email, or by fax.


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