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Mental Health and Functional and Access Needs


Chair: Susan Rome, Johnson County Mental Health

Staff Contacts

Erin Lynch, 816/701-8390
Justin Sorg, 816/701-8293

Meeting Information

This committee meets on the second Friday of every month at 1 p.m. Meetings are usually held at the KCMO Emergency Operations Center, 635 Woodland, Suite 2107, Kansas City, MO 64106.

All meetings are listed on the emergency services calendar and are open to the public.

For meeting agendas and summaries, please contact MARC Emergency Services saff at 816/474-4240.

The Mental Health and Functional and Access Needs Committee is a subcommittee of the Regional Homeland Security Coordinating Committee

Current work priorities include:

  • Furthering the engagement of disability groups and advocates to incorporate their needs into emergency planning and strengthen access to services. 
  • Developing a network of subject matter experts, community organizations, advocacy groups, government agencies, individuals with mental health, functional and/or access needs, to identify the challenges faced by those with mental health and functional and access needs during times of disaster or emergency.
  • Devising plans, procedures, guidelines and resources to overcome those challenges and ensure equal access to goods and services for the whole of the community.
  • Continuing to convene interested mental health agencies to develop a regional capability to meet mental health needs resulting from disasters.

Related Documents

“Let’s Inclusively Plan: Some Stories, Mistakes and Advice”
An article written by Justin Sorg at the request of FEMA’s Office of External Affairs, April 2013

In August 2013, the Mental Health and Access Needs Committee published and Emergency Resource Directory intended to help emergency managers, emergency planners, and first responders identify supportive services during and following emergency and disaster events. For access, contact Justin Sorg.