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Pairing Social Workers with Police: A Look at the KCKPD CIT Co-Responder Program

Across the country, there has been much discussion about who should respond to mental health crises that are reported to 911: social workers or police officers. At the Kansas City, Kansas Police Department, officers have been working alongside a social worker for the past seven years. Even though the program has been around for a while, there are many community members who don’t know this partnership exists.

Peer Support Specialist Selected for MHA Young Mental Health Leaders Council

Shyanne Hoff was a bundle of nerves on August 31, 2020. Hoff, a certified peer support specialist with Wyandot Center, had applied just a couple of weeks earlier to be part of Mental Health America’s first-ever Young Mental Health Leaders Council. She was hovering around her inbox, waiting for an e-mail to arrive saying she had been selected for a spot on the council.

"Been There, Done That": The Value of Peer Support

The concept of peer support has been around for decades. We’ve all heard of Alcoholics Anonymous: a group of people with a common struggle, together with a list of steps to guide them in a new direction. It’s become an icon of our society’s approach to combatting alcoholism outside of a professional setting.

Fundamentally, this is peer support.

Artistic Expression Promotes Healing and Recovery at ArtMakers Place

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For many individuals with a serious mental illness, creating art allows them to express a part of themselves that cannot always be put into words. 

Keeping Mental Health Care in the Community and Out of Jail

Eight years ago, roughly 100 active Wyandot Center clients were arrested each month. Today, that number has been cut in half. The reason for that reduction? Community partnerships.

Frank Williams Outreach Center Provides Help and Hope...

How one man disappeared from services, then found a path back to Frank Williams—and recovery

Wyandot Center's SOAR Team Soars!

Wyandot Center's SOAR Team works with clients to navigate the often complicated and difficult maze of completing applications that will help them secure benefits such as housing, medication assistance, and other resources that can aid in their recovery.