Mental Health in Jackson County
Mental illness affects over 30,000 Jackson County citizens of every age, race, religion and income. Mental disorders are the leading cause of lost productivity in America. Treatment of serious mental illness is effective.
Jackson County has a Community Mental Health Levy, which is overseen by a Board of Trustees. The Levy generates about $11 million annually for indigent mental healthcare. The Board of Trustees has high standards for accountability. Funding is competitive and performance-based.
Jackson County government, our community partners and elected leaders are working hard to help assure that our safety net of mental healthcare will be there for those who need it. For more information about the Jackson County Community Mental Health Fund, visit Jackson County Cares.
Where to Go for Help
If it is a life-threatening emergency, dial 911
Most communities in Jackson County have CIT (Crisis Intervention Teams), police officers specially trained to respond to persons with mental illness in crisis.
Missouri’s Access Crisis Intervention
Call 1-888-279-8188 for help. This toll-free number is answered 24/7. Qualified staff is available to talk with you about your crisis and help you determine what assistance is needed. All calls are confidential. More information here
Contact your Kansas City VA Medical Center by calling 816-861-4700.
National Alliance on Mental Illness of Greater Kansas City
For assistance, call 816-931-0030. The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Greater Kansas City provides information on mental illness, has support groups and can make referrals.