On May 23-24, the Eighth Annual Mental Health KC Conference will offer hundreds of local mental health providers, consumers, and interested community members an opportunity to hear about a wide variety of mental health topics. With 70 break-out sessions and a nationally recognized keynote speaker, the Mental Health KC Conference is a high-profile example of the good that happens when our region’s community mental health system works together. See the article below for more about this remarkable conference, and how to sign up!

It is my privilege to serve as President of the Metropolitan Council of Community Mental Health Centers Board of Directors – the organization that presents this important conference. Metro Council is a collaboration of the largest public mental health providers in the Kansas City Metropolitan Region: 

  • Beacon Mental Health
  • Comprehensive Mental Health
  • Johnson County Mental Health
  • Mental Health America of the Heartland
  • ReDiscover
  • Swope Health Services
  • University Health Behavioral Health
  • Wyandot Center
  • Mental Health America of the Heartland
  • Center for Behavioral Medicine

People are often surprised to see how closely the Community Mental Health Centers work together. We share best practices, work on programs together, and support each other when needed. All Metro Council CEOs are valued colleagues, and our staff members cooperate daily on projects like the Mental Health KC Conference.

While businesses often thrive and improve through competition, the community mental health field thrives through “building a stronger safety net of local community behavioral health centers that provide Kansas Citians with behavioral health services, regardless of who they are, where they live or their ability to pay,” which is the mission of the Metro Council.

Beacon Mental Health serves the Northland, and the other Metro Council members serve other parts of the Kansas City metro area. As CEO of Beacon Mental Health and President of the Metro Council, I am happy to see our entire metropolitan area continue to improve and expand the mental health services available to all.