On April 13, 2014, two hate crime shootings occurred at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City and Village Shalom, a Jewish retirement community, in Overland Park, Kansas. Three people were murdered.
Two members of Village Presbyterian Church, Alice Carrot and Al Eidson, decided the time had come to take action in supporting mental health in the Kansas City region. The drivers behind the formation of KMMHC were clear: a significant increase in mental health issues in general, growing violence in the Kansas City metro, the large swath of the city with very limited non-acute mental health services, and the ever-escalating cost of counseling.
For the next four years, the Eidsons met with local mental health experts and visited eight mental health centers throughout the country. All of the centers were members of the Solihten Institute, an interfaith counseling network of more than 40 Centers in 200 offices that provide more than 600,000 clinical hours every year. They recruit, accredit, connect, educate, and advance counseling centers that practice one of the most effective paths to healing: spiritually integrated therapy.
Now a member of the Solihten Institute, KMMHC’s mission is to provide high-quality, accessible, and affordable mental health services to the Kansas City community. The Collaborative helps people access the support, guidance, and resources they need at critical times in their lives.
Thank you, KMMHC, for responding to the increasing need for mental health services and helping keep our community healthy and safe.