JoCo expanding mental health training beyond Blue Valley

Frontier Trails Middle

The Johnson County Mental Health Center will train Olathe school personnel, first responders and youth on how to spot on how to spot and address teenagers struggling with mental illness. Above, an empty hallway at Frontier Trails Middle in Olathe. Photo credit Wirestock Creators via Shutterstock. Used under a Creative Commons license.

Johnson County will use federal funding to address a growing local concern around mental health challenges in teenagers.

At this week’s meeting, the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners voted to accept a roughly $496,000 federal adolescent mental health grant. Spearheaded by the Johnson County Mental Health Center, the grant will fund a mental health training program called Mental Health First Aid for Olathe school employees and first responders.