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Medical Social Work Services

Medical Social Workers are located throughout the hospital and ambulatory settings at Children's Mercy and provide comprehensive assessment of psychological and social factors impacting health outcomes, provide supportive counseling, trauma response, crisis intervention, and care coordination to ensure patients and families are connected to services.

Therapeutic Support

  • Supportive counseling related to:  

    • Adjustment to illness 

    • Lifestyle changes 

    • Grief and bereavement

    • Financial issues 

    • Family stressors and other concerns 

  • Mental health and substance abuse screening, assessment and intervention

Community Referrals

  • Assistance with application to public benefits such as WIC, Medicaid, SSI, food stamps and housing 

  • Transportation

  • Temporary lodging including Ronald McDonald House

  • Home health care, private duty nursing, medical equipment, ongoing medical care services

  • Parent support resources

  • Child care and early intervention services

  • Mental health services 

  • Other basic resource needs