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Social Work Community Programs and Special Initiatives
Social Work Community Programs and Special Initiatives

Center for Community Connections and Medical Legal Partnership

The Center for Community Connections supports patients and families in navigating both internal Children’s Mercy services as well as resources in their own communities. The Center for Community Connections staff serve as an extension of the treatment team to support the unique needs of families in our health system.  Our ultimate goal is to reduce barriers to accessing and engaging in pediatric health care, thereby improving health outcomes. 

The following services are provided at the Center for Community Connections:

  • Social work assessment and assistance with connection to resources including utility assistance, safe housing or homeless services, child care, parenting, transportation, and advocacy services.
  • Assistance with accessing public programs via completing applications and ensuring that applications are being processed by government agencies (Medicaid, SSI, Food Stamps, WIC, etc.)
  • Kansas Legal Services Medical Legal Partnership Team
  • WIC
  • Kansas City Care Community Health Workers
  • Mental health services
  • Safety items including car seats, bicycle helmets, etc. (as available)

For additional information, please contact the Center for Community Connections at (816) 960-8430.

Home Based Family Support Programs

Home-based family support programs including the TIES (Team for Infants Exposed to Substance abuse) and Healthy Families Children’s Mercy programs to partner with families of an infant/expected infant to promote attachment and bonding and build strong parenting skills. Workers meet with families in their homes to provide support and information to help build a strong bond between parents and baby, to address any barriers to health care, to connect families to other community services when needed, and to partner with families to solve problems and reach their goals. 

Transition to Adulthood Program

The Transition to Adulthood Program helps prepare young-adult patients to manage their own health care and to successfully transition to the care of adult providers. 

Trauma Informed Care

Trauma-informed care is a system-wide approach to understanding, recognizing and responding to trauma. Research demonstrates that the majority of Americans have experienced at least one traumatic event in their lifetime. Many people have experienced multiple traumatic events. Trauma impacts each person in different ways and it is important for organizations, including hospitals, to understand this and provided safety, support and resources to staff, patients and families. 

For additional information, please contact Patty Davis, Program Manager at (913) 696-5746.

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