Mental and Behavioral Health

How do we Improve Mental and Behavioral Health Outcomes for Eastern Jackson County Residents? 

Current Situation: Mental and Behavioral Health in EJC

Mental and behavioral health continues to be a growing concern throughout Eastern Jackson County. The following data provides a snapshot of the current situation related to mental and behavioral health for our residents. 

Suicide is the 8th leading cause of death in EJC. 

In EJC, anxiety is the top mental health diagnosis in the ER.

Substance misuse diagnosed in a hospital are highest in Independence, Sugar Creek, and Raytown. 

The percent of students reporting disruption from school or work and feeling hopeless has increased in the past 8 years.

The death rate due to opioid overdose was 8.95 per 100,000 in Jackson County. 

56% of EJC survey respondents reported one or more poor mental health days in the past 30 days. 

Three Year Work Plan 

Goal: Improve Education and Decrease Stigma among EJC Residents and Providers to Better Prevent Mental Health Crises and Treat Mental Health and Substance Use. 

Objective 1: Increase the number of first responders who have received training on responding to mental, behavioral, and/or substance use crises by 2022. 

Indicator 1: Increase the number of officers trained by 10%                 


Target: 10% Increase in Baseline

Current Status: Baseline Data Not Yet Collected

Indicator 2: A tracking system related to officers trained is established by 2022

Baseline: No System Currently Exists

TargetSystem Existing 

Current Status: System Does Not Exist 


+  Completed      #  In Progress      =   On Hold      X  Not Started

Strategy 1.1: Conduct assessment of local police departments.

    Contact local departments in EJC and establish partnerships for data sharing. 

+     Collect data on responders currently trained and opportunities available. 

Strategy 1.2: Implement mental health first aid for public safety officers. 

#     Identify departments with opportunity for training. 

X     Create Memorandum of Understandings (MOU) between Mental Health First Aid trainers and public safety officer departments.

X     Mental Health First Aid for Public Safety Officers conducted throughout EJC. 

Objective 2: Increase the percent of EJC residents, including families impacted, who have received mental health crisis training and trauma education by 2022. 

Indicator 1: At least 50% of schools in EJC provide mental health and/or suicide prevention programming by 2022.                                   


Target: 50% of EJC Schools

Current Status: Baseline Data Not Yet Collected

Indicator 2: Increase the number of students and families who attend movie event who can identify signs of suicide by 25% by 2022. 

Baseline: Pretest Results

Target: 25% Increase

Current Status: Pretest Data Not Yet Collected


+  Completed      #  In Progress      =  On Hold      X  Not Started

Strategy 2.1: Screen annual "The Ripple Effect" movie event. 

+     Gain rights to show "The Ripple Effect" Movie.

+     Recruit local mental health agencies for event.

+     Movie event details established (date, location, time, participation) and advertised throughout EJC. 

+     Access Pre/Post Test materials.

+     Movie event completed with pre/post-test. 

#     Long term plan developed for recurring annual movie event. 

Strategy 2.2: Develop safety planning intervention for families. 

X     Develop safety planning training plans and material.

   MOUs signed between schools and mental health providers on providing safety planning training and material to families. 

X     Safety Planning training conducted and materials provided to families. 

X     Information posted on work group's website on safety planning intervention. 

Strategy 2.3: Expand implementation of SOS programs in schools. 

X     Conduct assessment on schools who do and do not implement the Signs of Suicide Programs in schools.

X     Meet with schools and provide information on program benefits of its implementation for those who do not currently conduct the Signs of Suicide program. 

X     Partner with schools to implement the Signs of Suicide program. 

Strategy 2.4: Develop mass media campaign on CIT officers focusing on increasing community awareness. 

   MOUs created and signed for local community mental health partners and police departments to participate in media campaign. 

   Identify and create media content for messaging to be shared among partners. 

X     Videos created and shared through social media platforms. 

   Long term plan developed and implemented to sustain media campaign. 

Objective 3: Increase collaboration among families, mental health and substance use providers, and first responders by 2022. 

Indicator 1: 60% of survey takers are able to correctly identify appropriate resources in EJC by 2022.                                                              

Baseline: 0

Target: 60%

Current Status: Survey Not Yet Conducted 

Indicator 2: Among students in EJC, increase knowledge of resources in EJC by 10% and decrease the perception of stigma related to mental health treatment by 25% by 2022. 

Baseline: Pretest Results 

Target: 10% Increase in Knowledge and 25% Decrease in Perception

Current Status: Pretest Data Not Yet Collected


+  Completed      #  In Progress      =   On Hold      X  Not Started

Strategy 3.1: Join established efforts to develop an EJC Crisis Center Proposal. 

#     Partner with established crisis center group in Jackson County. 

#     Join efforts and become established crisis center group member. 

#     Inform Building a Healthier Jackson County Mental and Behavioral Health work group of efforts and status towards EJC Crisis Center proposal. 

#     Crisis Center proposal developed and potential funding partners identified. 

Strategy 3.2: Develop and maintain a website with mental and behavioral health resources. 

X     Apply for and obtain funding for web developer. 

X     Identify website developer and sign MOU. 

X     Conduct assessment and gather materials on EJC specific mental health resources. 

X     Mental Health Resource website created and shared among all providers, residents, and first responders. 

X     Conduct assessment through partner social media, clinic locations, and survey link on use of website and knowledge of resources available. 

Strategy 3.3: Implement a social media campaign led by student groups. 

X     Partner with schools and introduce social media campaign details.

X     Student groups created for each school district who will serve as leaders in implementing the social media campaign. 

X     Conduct pre-test with participating schools on their knowledge of mental health, perception of stigma, and services. 

X     Implement social media campaign created by students. 

X     Conduct post-test with participating schools.