Johnson County Mental Health Center adds, adjusts services due to COVID-19

Posted at 11:26 AM, Apr 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-06 12:27:24-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Johnson County Mental Health Center is adjusting its services "to respond to the increased community need," the county announced Monday.

Johnson County Mental Health's crisis line, which can be reached by calling 913-268-0156, will be staffed 24/7. Anyone who is not in crisis but still has mental health concerns, can reach the center by calling the main number at 913-826-4200.

Johnson County Mental Health also is increasing caseloads, providing phone and curbside services for medication refills, and using Zoom for psychosocial groups.

“We are here for our community,” Johnson County Mental Health Director Tim DeWeese said in a statement. “People are feeling anxiety, sadness, isolation and grief during this time. It’s important for everyone to know that these feelings are normal, they are not alone and help is available.”

Johnson County Mental Health also has created an online resources guide at

Additionally, some staff members are partnering with school districts to provide mental health care to staff and students.

Johnson County Mental Health provides residential treatment programs, which have been modified to follow social distancing guidelines, the center said.