Behavioral Health Services for the Kansas City Northland community. Prevention, assessment and treatment services for individuals and families throughout Clay, Platte and Ray counties
Addressing Stress with a Stressed System:
Pressures leading to mental illness are common these days, especially this time of year. Fortunately, there's a system there to help but, unfortunately, it's stressed, too. (This essay was published Dec. 29 in the Kansas City Star.) Read More.
Editorial Underscores Mental Health Help
The Kansas City Star recently gave additional recognition to mental health and the availability of services in the region. In an editorial Dec. 17, The Star noted the stresses that often accompany the joy of the holiday season, and cited several available services including the 1-888-279-8188 toll-free hotline.It’s not only nice to see a major publication recognize the services and overriding need, but also help reduce the stigma that often follows mental illness. Mental health issues are not rare, especially during times like this. Not getting help is the only action that should be discouraged!
Collaboration is a Key to Tri-County's Huge Range of Services
The range of programs offered by Tri-County Mental Health Services is remarkable, especially in this era of almost constant budget cuts. One reason is Tri-County's foundation of collaboration with individuals and organizations throughout Clay, Platte and Ray counties. Read More.
Tri-County Earns Good Grades from its Most Important Customers
Each year, Tri-County asks its mental health consumers to assess the quality of services they receive. The results are important to see what is working, and what needs improvement. Read More.
Fighting Holiday and Winter Depression with Easy Steps
Although winter or holiday blues is sometimes passed off as a myth or exaggeration, it is a documented mental health issue, especially for older adults. Read More.
Older Adult Services On the Air!
Tri-County's Older Adult Services Coordinator Sally King has a series of appearances on KMBZ News Radio 980's Health Talk program. Her next discussion is Saturday, Feb. 12, 6-7 p.m. The topic will be "The latest Research on Alzheimer’s Dementia News on Meds, Mood, and Prevention Techniques." Read More.
Older Adult Program Recognized Nationally
A group sponsored by Tri-County to improve services and wellness for older adults has been cited in a recent publication of a national coalition.
The Aging and Mental Health Coalition of Kansas City North meets monthly at Tri-County to discuss issues relating older adults and their caregivers. In the October meeting report of the National Coalition on Mental Health and Aging, the Kansas City North group was recognized for its work with the Missouri Institute of Mental Health and adoption of Healthy IDEAS, a depression care management program. The program was especially noted for its ability to fit with existing structures, its evidence-based process and “low tech” practical intervention.
Public Invited to Special Luncheon, Workshops
The Northland Coalition invites community members to join them in planning programs and events to promote safer, substance abuse free communities at their complimentary luncheon meeting in January. Read More.
Major Grant Underscores Successes of Prevention Efforts
The success of its substance abuse prevention and education programs has earned the Northland Coalition the continuation of a major federal grant. Read More.
Northland Seventh Graders Compete to Show Knowledge
On Nov. 12 it was “Time to Make A Deal” for many seventh graders from Clay, Platte and Ray counties. The challenge was a display of their knowledge on the dangers of substance abusea test that in many ways all of them won. Read More.
It’s not only nice to see a major publication recognize the services and overriding need, but help reduce the stigma that often follows mental illness. Mental health issues are not rare, especially during times like this. Not getting help is the only action that’s should be discouraged!
Coalition Members Attend Conference
Seventeen members of the Northland Coalition attended the "Playing the LEAD in Missouri Prevention," hosted by the Missouri Substance Abuse Prevention Network and sponsored by the Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse and ACT Missouri.
The conference began on Dec. 9 with a Keynote by Jeff Linkenbach and then numerous workshops that ended on Dec. 10. The coalition "in-service," for the Nov. 15 Coalition meeting was a report from those who attendance the conference. They provided ideas that were generated through the various workshops they attended. The Northland Coalition will be hosting a local Half Day Prevention Conference on Feb. 25 at Pleasant Valley Baptist Church.
Meetings at TCMHS
Family Support Group: 6 to 7:30 p.m., the first Wednesday of each month in the meeting room of Tri-County's offices. Monthly speakers on relevant topics.
Tri-County Board of Directors: 4:30 p.m., the fourth Monday of each month, Room 140, Tri-County offices.
Aging and Mental Health Coalition of Kansas City North: 2:30-3:30 p.m., fourth Thursday of each month, second floor conference room, Tri-County. Especially focused to offer speakers and information for service providers and those interested in the older adult community of the Northland.
Tri-County Older Adult Services provides free screening, presentations and other services. For more information, contact Sally King, LCSW, at (816) 877-0453.
The Northland Coalition and its affiliate community chapters all sponsored by Tri-County Mental Health meeting monthly throughout the area. The parent group Northland Coalition meets at 11:30 am on the third Wednesday of each month in the second Floor conference room of Tri-County. Community groups also meet in Excelsior Springs, Missouri City, West Platte, Park Hill, Smithville and Liberty. To get involved in your local prevention efforts, please contact Laura Bruce at (816) 877-0498. Meetings generally not held in June and July.
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Tri-County Mental Health Services,
3100 NE 83rd St., Suite 1001, Kansas City, MO 64119-9998
Telephone: (816) 468-0400 (toll free: 800-210-1460)
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