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New PACES Project Working to Break Down Language & Cultural Barriers

Language and cultural barriers can sometimes serve as a deterrent to seeking out mental health services. A new project at PACES, called Paso a Paso (Step by Step), is working to reduce those barriers for the Hispanic and Latinx communities in Wyandotte County one step at a time.

“Giving Kids a Piece of Normalcy”: Psychosocial Program Adapts to Pandemic

For years, the psychosocial program at PACES has been helping young people in Wyandotte County learn vital social skills including communication, empathy, impulse control and problem solving. These skills would prove to be critical for children and adults alike during the COVID-19 pandemic. But when COVID-19 forced a stay-at-home order to go into effect in Wyandotte County, the psychosocial program at PACES was briefly shut down.

Taking a Whole Family Approach to Mental Health

When it comes to treating mental health conditions in children, the focus is typically almost solely on treating the child and responding to their needs. However, PACES is among a growing group of community mental health centers that are working to change that. More and more mental health providers are adopting a family-driven approach.

“My Version of Self Care”: PACES Therapist Volunteers with American Red Cross

In late August, as Hurricane Laura was barreling toward Lake Charles, Louisiana, PACES outpatient therapist Megan Hogan was packing her bags to respond with the American Red Cross. For the past four years, Hogan has served as a disaster mental health volunteer.

Overcoming Seasonal Affective Disorder During a Pandemic

We all know that sunlight and outdoor time does wonders for our mood. Especially during the pandemic, the CDC is recommending socializing outdoors as much as possible. Outside time may be the only opportunity you have to visit with high-risk loved ones. Now that Daylight Saving Time has come to an end and the weather is beginning to feel like winter, you may notice you’re not feeling your best anymore.

How Curiosity Can Help Identify Emotional Struggles in Children

Now that school has started, you and your child(ren) may be getting into the routine and finding what works for you. Or it may still be extremely difficult or draining, and that’s perfectly normal as well. Between the additional screen time due to virtual learning and the added stress of following a structured routine again, you may be noticing a change in your child’s behaviors and/or attitude.

A New Learning Environment: Supporting Kids During Isolation

COVID-19 has changed and disrupted the routines of many families in our community. Now that school is starting, most were probably hoping for some semblance of normalcy to return. But depending on what district your child attends, you will again have to readjust your daily habits to account for virtual or hybrid learning.

Short Stay, Big Impact: The Difference 72 Hours Can Make

Each year, the staff at Robert’s Place care for nearly 500 kids. While the children may only spend about 72 hours at Robert’s Place, the staff work to make each of those hours count. They want each child to know they are surrounded by adults who want the best for them.

Robert's Place Celebrates 5 Years of Giving Kids a Place to Be Safe

For the past five years, Robert’s Place has been providing a safe place for children who are in crisis. Some of these children may have been removed from their home because of suspicions of abuse or neglect, they might have run away, or they might be experiencing a crisis at home. Robert’s Place provides temporary, emergency shelter for children in these types of situations. Since opening in August 2015, Robert’s Place has served more than 2,000 children in crisis.

Finding Community: Parent Support Group Takes on New Meaning during Pandemic

“Basically, they share the good, the bad and the ugly about being a parent.”

The PACES Parent Support Group has taken on a new importance for local parents during the COVID-19 pandemic. Vicki Johnson, Parent and Community Educator at PACES, facilitates the meetings alongside Carrie Owen, Parent Support Specialist. Johnson says that when the pandemic began affecting Kansas City, she recognized a need to give parents a space where they could talk about issues related to coronavirus.

2018-2019 Annual Report

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