Social Work
Social Work

Department of Social Work

The Department of Social Work provides comprehensive and compassionate family-centered services to children and their families to enhance their quality of life while in the hospital, at home, at school, and within their community.

Medical Social Workers

Social workers at Children's Mercy are an integral part of your health care team. Examples of services provided by medical social workers include:

  • Comprehensive assessment of psychological and social factors impacting health outcomes
  • Supportive counseling related to grief, adjustment to illnesses and family issues
  • Trauma response, crisis intervention, and management of disruptive and dangerous families
  • Care Management and care coordination to ensure patients are linked to health and social services to support their health
Learn more about medical social work services provided by the Department of Social Work.

Mental Health Services

Specially trained social workers also provide services focused on the mental health of our patients and families including:

  • Structured therapy services using evidence based treatments
  • Inpatient and outpatient crisis intervention services
  • Acute Mental Health Screening (AMHS) at our Adele Hall and South Emergency Departments and planning for immediate and ongoing mental health services
  • Screening for mental health and psychosocial needs including Intimate Partner Violence, bullying, depression, suicide and community resource needs
Learn more about Child and Family Therapy Services provided by the Department of Social Work.

Initiatives and Projects

We are involved in or leading many other initiatives and projects including:

  • Home visitation programs including our Federally funded TIES program and Health Families America program utilizing social workers and other health professionals to extend the health care team to improve health outcomes 
  • Implementation of a formal hospital wide transitioning program for older adolescents to adult health care providers
  • Advocacy for patients and their families at a local, state and national level
  • Creation of a new Family Resource Center to help families navigate community health and social services
  • Supporting social work student education by providing structured field education

To learn more about the Department of Social Work or to talk to a social worker call (816) 234-3670.

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