WHOLE PERSON APPROACH TO MENTAL HEALTH

Southeast Kansas Mental Health Center (SEKMHC) provides a wide range of services to those
in all six (Allen, Anderson, Bourbon, Linn, Neosho, and Woodson) counties we serve. One of
the most recent additions to these services is SEKMHC becoming a Certified Behavioral
Health Clinic (CCBHC). This aims to enhance the current services provided and offers support
for expansions to improve access to care. This initiative also allows us to partner with local
primary care providers in all six counties, giving us the opportunity to refer our clients for
different healthcare needs. Focusing on a whole person approach, including physical,
emotional, social and spiritual wellness, provides us the opportunity to see how they
interconnect so we can improve treatment for each of our clients.

I recently moved back to the Allen County area and was hired as a Patient Navigator for
SEKMHC. I help maintain the CCBHC status by meeting with clients to complete an
anonymous, 15-minute health study assessment. Clients will first complete a baseline
assessment which consists of obtaining vitals and answering assessment questions relating to
physical, emotional, and social wellness. After the baseline is complete, clients will meet with
a Patient Navigator every six months to complete a reassessment which includes obtaining
vitals, answering similar questions from the baseline, as well as an additional Perception of
Care section. This allows clients to reflect and evaluate the services they have received and
share any concerns or questions they may have regarding their treatment.

Witnessing our clients’ courage and vulnerability during their health studies has truly been a
humbling and gratifying experience. Facing my own mental health challenges, I take pride in
providing individualized support to our community and doing my part to help end the stigma
around mental health.

Brittney Jacobs
Patient Navigator (Humboldt)
Southeast Kansas Mental Health Center