Comprehensive Mental Health Services (CMHS) recently received a grant for $34,980 from the Mid-America Regional Council to deliver mental health services to the elderly residents of northeast Jackson County, Missouri.

CMHS will address critical mental health issues of elderly individuals through the following services:

  • Mental health evaluation and assessment;
  • Individual therapy;
  • Group therapy;
  • Case management;
  • Information and education services; and
  • Community support services.

Comprehensive Mental Health Services, Inc. (CMHS) recently received a grant for $1,223,950 from the Jackson County Community Mental Health Fund (JCCMHF) to expand the Health Care Home program to include uninsured/ underinsured individuals whose incomes are 138% of the federal poverty level. CMHS will provide coordinate care so behavioral and primary health care is provided in one cohesive system.

The funding will support a Medicaid Specialist and partial support of a Health Care Home Nurse Manager, Care Coordinator, and Director of Nursing. These individuals provide Medicaid application assistance and mental/physical health care coordination. This funding would also support medical visits, physician consultation, and funding for labs, medications, health supplies, x-rays, etc. to CMHS clients who are uninsured/underinsured. The funds will provide on average, three physical health services consisting of seven appointments over the course of the year to 75 clients.

CASA of Johnson and Wyandotte County recently received a grant for $22,384 from the Kansas Health Foundation to recruit, screen, train, and supervise volunteers as advocates for children involved in the Johnson Country District Court system.

CASA of Johnson and Wyandotte Counties’ (CASA) Child in Need of Care Program will provide volunteers to act as advocates for children involved in the court system due to maltreatment. CASA volunteers work one-on-one with children to develop relationships and ensure that the children receive the support and services they need. Children who have suffered trauma as a result of abuse or neglect often require mental health services to address the effects of the trauma. CASA volunteers dedicate themselves to the best interests of the children, tenaciously lobbying for the children’s access to the needed mental health services.

CASA of Johnson and Wyandotte Counties recently received a grant for $3,000 from the Ira and Florita M. Brady Foundation Fund to support the advocacy of children involved in the court system due to abuse, neglect, custody, or visitation disputes. 

These funds, which supported CASA’s General Operating Expenses, were very useful in providing advocates to uphold the best interests of abused and neglected children in both Johnson and Wyandotte Counties.

Metro Lutheran Ministries (MLM) was recently awarded a $25,000 grant from the State of Missouri Department of Corrections, Community Reentry Fund to support their Learning to Earning employment program.

Learning to Earning is a client-focused employment services program. Clients can take job readiness classes to learn how to improve their résumés and their interview preparation.  Staff teaches clients about strategically searching for appropriate positions and about the online application process.  MLM provides computer skills training to those who need it in order to complete these applications.  Staff help clients fill out applications and track their job search progress through logs.  A phone bank is available to clients to make follow up contact to potential employers to call about the status of application and try to set up interviews. Frequently, clients need to be encouraged to take this step and guided on how to do this without seeming pushy.  Bus passes are available to clients who need to travel to and from interviews.