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Service updates related to COVID-19

Tuesday, July 27, 3:55 p.m.

Johnson County Mental Health Center is immediately reinstating our mask requirement based on the latest guidance from the CDC. All individuals, regardless of vaccination status, will be required to wear a mask.

  • The 24/7 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 on weekdays for any non-emergency needs. Individuals can leave a message after hours, which will be returned the following business day.
  • Walk-in services, also known as Open Access, are available beginning at 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. each weekday at the Olathe or Shawnee offices.

Resources related to the coronavirus and mental health

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Featured resources

Elevate for Educators
In partnership with EVERFI, Johnson County Mental Health Center is providing health and wellness education to educators across our county. Elevate for Educators is a self-guided, digital mental wellness resource designed to provide educators with on-demand content related to their unique mental health needs. School professionals will find a variety of topics, including managing mental health challenges, supporting a friend or loved one, and strategies for stress management.

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
Click to learn how to access mental health services.

 

Department News

JoCo Mental Health Center launches no-cost mental health resource for educators
August 20, 2021

Johnson County Mental Health Center launches no-cost mental health resource for educators

Johnson County Mental Health Center (JCMHC) has launched Elevate for Educators, an online platform of mental health resources for any educator in Johnson County. Elevate for Educators is a first of its kind prevention-focused, self-guided, digital mental wellness resource designed specifically for educators and is made available, at no-cost to school districts or teachers, through Johnson County Mental Health Center’s relationship with education technology innovator, EVERFI, Inc.

“Educators play such an important role in our community,” said Johnson County Mental Health Center Community Prevention Coordinator Katherine Melton, who manages the program, “So as a community, it’s important that we’re providing these educators with the support they need to maintain their mental health. This is one of several ways we can say ‘We see you. We’re here for you. You are not alone.’”

Educator mental health is a critical topic that has been amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic exacerbated stress levels for educators and brought with it a host of new challenges and stressors which won’t disappear when teachers around the country return to the classroom this month.

“We are fortunate to have such a strong partnership with the public and private schools in Johnson County,” said JCMHC Director Tim DeWeese. “The school districts work tirelessly year after year to support the mental wellbeing of the students through programming, education and personal relationships. Now we have the opportunity to support the school districts with this resource at no cost to them.”

Elevate for Educators provides educators with on-demand content related to their unique mental health needs. EVERFI Elevate modules translate evidence-based best practices for mental well-being into actionable, just-in-time learning solutions for any school professional.  

“The impact the pandemic has had on teachers cannot be overstated,” said Jon Chapman, co-founder and president, EVERFI. “Educators serve such a vital role -- often wearing many hats -- and teacher stress was already high pre-pandemic. Research has shown that providing opportunities for teachers to develop self-awareness and self-management skills leads to fewer chances of experiencing burnout or symptoms of depression, and allows for increased job satisfaction and more positive relationships with students.”

JCMHC is proud to offer this resource the community, adding to the portfolio of services and supports to promote mental wellness. JCMHC also provides Johnson County students with Mental Wellness Basics and AlcoholEDU for all public and private schools in Johnson County in partnership with EVERFI, Inc.

Johnson County Mental Health Center provides gunlocks at vaccine and health clinics
May 28, 2021

Johnson County Mental Health Center provides gunlocks at vaccine and health clinics

MISSION, KS – Johnson County Mental Health Center (JCMHC) is offering free gunlocks and other resources to community members at Johnson County Department of Health and Environment’s vaccine clinic in Lenexa and health clinic in Olathe. The gunlocks are available to promote firearm safety and education and are free for any community member 

“Whenever we talk about suicide prevention, we talk about meeting people where they’re at,” said Johnson County Suicide Prevention Coalition Chair Sondra Wallace. “This is exactly why we are offering gunlocks at vaccine clinics; it’s the best way for us to reach diverse community members with helpful resources.”

The gunlocks were provided by the Johnson County Suicide Prevention Coalition, an initiative of JCMHC, through a grant from Kansas Department of Health and Environment to reduce suicides. Approximately 50% of suicide deaths are by firearm. Properly securing guns greatly reduces this risk. Throughout its history, the coalition has distributed more than 10,000 gunlocks in Johnson County. 

“You can’t separate physical health from mental health or mental health from physical health,” said JCMHC Director Tim DeWeese. “People are getting the vaccine to protect themselves, their loved ones and their community. Our hope is that people will take home a gunlock to do the same.”

In addition to the gunlocks, JCMHC is also offering hand sanitizers with information about the 24/7 Crisis Line, through a generous donation made by AT&T’s Believe Kansas CitySM.  AT&T donated over $46,000 worth of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to a variety of organizations in the Kansas City for distribution throughout the community. JCMHC has been pairing the hand sanitizer with messages of hope and mental health resources and distributing them to food pantries, long-term care facilities and other community organizations in addition to JCDHE vaccine clinic.

Study confirms Johnson County Sheriff & Mental Health Center reduce recidivism among people with mental illness
April 22, 2021

Study confirms Johnson County Sheriff & Mental Health Center reduce recidivism among people with mental illness

A new study from the University of Notre Dame’s Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities confirmed that Johnson County’s Brief Jail Mental Health Screening (BJMHS) and mental health outreach program significantly reduces the number of people with mental illness returning to jail. The initiative is a partnership between Johnson County Mental Health Center (JCMHC) and Johnson County Sheriff’s Office. Residents of Johnson County who identify with a serious mental illness (SMI) after taking the BJMHS had a reduction in returning to jail (recidivism) at 60, 180, and 360 days after release from jail compared to those who screened with an SMI who were residents of neighboring counties and did not receive outreach.

“The results of the research confirm what we’ve seen in real life within our community,” said Johnson County Mental Health Center Director Tim DeWeese. “People are getting the care they need and we’re reducing the cost on both the criminal justice and health care systems. This is good for the individuals and the whole community.”

At the time that an individual is booked in the jail after their arrest, they undergo the BJMHS to determine if they are in need of further mental health assessment or treatment. JCMHC’s team within the jail provides mental health support while an individual is incarcerated. Upon release, case managers from JCMHC reach out to those who score on the BJMHS as greatest need for ongoing support within 72 hours after release in order to provide support and information about mental health services. Of those eligible for outreach, more than one quarter of them have been connected to mental health services.

“This program could become a model across the region or even the nation,” said Johnson County Sheriff Cal Hayden. “This is an example of the good that can happen for a community when government agencies work together and share information.”

The BJMHS and outreach program are two significant features of Johnson County’s commitment to the Stepping Up Initiative, a national commitment to reducing the number of people with mental illness in jails. Johnson County was one of the first four counties in the nation to commit to the goals outlined in the initiative when it first launched in 2015. In 2018, Johnson County was one of seven counties in the nation to be named a Stepping Up Innovator County. This designation was given to counties considered leaders in the initiative that are committed to helping provide training and information for other counties. Douglas County, Kansas also received this designation.

Johnson County Suicide Prevention Coalition launches website, resources
May 28, 2021

Johnson County Suicide Prevention Coalition launches website, resources 

The Johnson County Suicide Prevention Coalition (SPC) launched a new website (suicideprevention.jocogov.org). The new online presence will increase awareness on the work of the coalition and provide an easy way for community members to request suicide prevention resources for their family, work or community organization.

“Our hope is that this new online presence will accelerate the work of suicide prevention in Johnson County by making it easier for community members to get direct access to resources,” said Sondra Wallace, chair of the Johnson County Suicide Prevention Coalition.

The Johnson County SPC was founded in 2012 by Johnson County Mental Health Center (JCMHC) in order to increase community awareness, education and outreach. Currently, there are more than 450 members representing more a variety of businesses and organizations in Johnson County. Information about the SPC was available previously as a page on JCMHC’s website. It now has its own dedicated website where community members can download suicide prevention resources and order materials such as car magnets or gun locks.

“The Suicide Prevention Coalition has demonstrated that it is a critical part of our overall strategy to prevent suicides and raise awareness about mental health in Johnson County,” said JCMHC Director Tim DeWeese. “It’s one of the reasons why we are seeing an increase in the number of people reaching out for help with their mental health, while also seeing a decrease in the number of deaths by suicide.”

Individuals interested in joining the SPC can email [email protected]. Community members who would like to support the work of suicide prevention in Johnson County can donate to SPC through Friends of Johnson County Mental Health Center at friendsofjcmhc.org

JCMHC announces recipients of 2020 Youth Leadership Mini-Grants
January 8, 2021

Johnson County Mental Health Center is pleased to announce the recipients of 2020 Youth Leadership Mini-Grants. The organizations and projects below have been developed to promote mental wellbeing and the prevention of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs among youth in Johnson County. The mini-grants were awarded in December and each of these programs will be launching their initiatives in January and February.

  • Blue Valley Academy High School will be sending postcards to all 790 students, addressing self-care and alcohol, tobacco and other drug prevention.
  • Chisholm Trail Middle School will be sending postcards to all 730 students, addressing self-care and alcohol, tobacco and other drug prevention.
  • Olathe Teen Council, sponsored by the City of Olathe, will organize a community-wide virtual 5k run/walk scavenger hunt to raise awareness about substance abuse and its relationship to mental health. 
  • Harmony Middle School will be sending post cards to all 555 students, addressing self-care and alcohol, tobacco and other drug prevention. Additionally, they will be creating related “cup messages” in the fence throughout the school year. 
  • Olathe East’s Be the Voice student organization will be painting a mural in the school reflecting the theme of breaking barriers.
  • Olathe Northwest High School will be sending postcards to all 1840 students and 200 staff, addressing self-care and alcohol, tobacco and other drug prevention.
  • Westridge Middle School will be sending postcards to all 790 students, addressing self-care and alcohol, tobacco and other drug prevention.
     

These mini-grants were made possible through the contribution of Alcohol Tax Funds from Johnson County and nine cities, overseen by United Community Services of Johnson County’s Drug and Alcoholism Council and Johnson County Mental Health Center. The nine cities are Gardner, Leawood, Lenexa, Merriam, Mission, Olathe, Overland Park, Prairie Village and Shawnee.

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