Shawnee Mission Medical Center - Behavioral Health is a nonprofit rehab located in Overland Park, Kansas. Shawnee Mission Medical Center - Behavioral Health specializes in the treatment of mental health, substance, drug and alcohol abuse.

Shawnee Mission Medical Center - Behavioral Health Focus:

Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment Center

A combined mental health and substance abuse treatment center has the staff and resources available to handle individuals with both mental health and substance abuse issues. It can be challenging to determine where a specific symptom stems from (a mental health issue or an issue related to substance abuse), so mental health and substance abuse professionals are helpful in detangling symptoms and keeping treatment on track.

Rehab Services:

Medically Assisted Detox

Our focus on addiction recovery is another component of the Behavioral Health Unit. For some individuals, the necessary first step to sobriety is detoxing from alcohol, drug and/or medication addictions in a safe and therapeutic environment. A comprehensive assessment will assist in determining what level of care is needed as some addictions can be safely treated in an outpatient setting. Our blended team of medical professionals and addiction recovery therapists work hand in hand to provide patients not only with complete safety while detoxing but also recovery based groups and tools to begin building the important foundation of maintaining sobriety. Additionally, because we recognize the significance of an ongoing support system to achieve recovery, our patients are offered a family meeting facilitated by a licensed therapist.

Psychotropic Medication

Psychotropic medications (aka psychodynamic medication) are any medicines used specifically to affect and/or alter a patient’s mind, emotions, and behaviors. Such psychiatric medicines are often used to change chemical levels in the brain that impact a person’s mood and behavior. These medications include mood stabilizers, antidepressants, anti-ADHD drugs, and anti-anxiety medications.

What does Shawnee Mission Medical Center - Behavioral Health offer?

Intensive Outpatient (IOP)

The Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) at Shawnee Mission Medical Center combines best practice therapy with the proven effectiveness of small group support to build lasting recovery foundations for our patients. Not only do our patients receive coping skills, coaching and therapeutic support from our licensed clinical therapists, they also benefit from the power of pursuing wellness through a shared group experience. Additionally, our IOP patients receive medication management care from our team of experienced psychiatrists. In order to ensure that our patients receive the most effective and influential care, we offer three different focused IOP programs - Mental Health, Addiction Recovery, and Dual Diagnosis. The Mental Health Intensive Outpatient Program empowers patients to achieve wellness by providing a safe environment for processing emotions mindfully and teaching patients how to utilize coping skills based on Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy models. Licensed mental health therapists guide patients in cultivating healthy balance in activities and relationships while learning to cope with mental illness symptoms. Our patients build life-long mental health recovery skills that help them to overcome difficulties stemming from grief and loss, trauma, depression, anxiety and other mental illnesses.

Residential (inpatient) Treatment

Residential treatment programs are those that offer housing and meals in addition to substance abuse treatment. Rehab facilities that offer residential treatment allow patients to focus solely on recovery, in an environment totally separate from their lives. Some rehab centers specialize in short-term residential treatment (a few days to a week or two), while others solely provide treatment on a long-term basis (several weeks to months). Some offer both, and tailor treatment to the patient's individual requirements.

Dual Diagnosis/Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment

The Dual Diagnosis Intensive Outpatient Program brings restorative care to individuals suffering from both mental illness and substance abuse issues. Leading research reveals that for some individuals, stand-alone mental health or addiction recovery treatment is at best, incomplete, and therefore we offer a comprehensive recovery program uniquely tailored for dually diagnosed patients. Our therapists will assist patients in understanding how substance abuse adversely affects mental health and how self-medication of mental illness may lead to addiction issues. Patients will become empowered through processing and skill building to pursue holistic recovery and wellness.

Treatment Types:


12-step programs are addiction recovery models based on Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). A number of substance abuse programs (including some drug and alcohol rehab centers) use the 12 steps as a basis for treatment. Beginning steps involve admitting powerlessness over the addiction and creating a spiritual basis for recovery. Middle steps including making direct amends to those who've been hurt by the addiction, and the final step is to assist others in addiction recovery in the same way. 12-Step offshoots including Narcotics Anonymous (NA), Cocaine Anonymous (CA), Dual Recovery Anonymous (DRA), Sex & Love Addicts Anonymous (SLAA) and Gamblers Anonymous (GA).

Family Program

Research clearly demonstrates that recovery is far more successful and sustainable when loved ones like family members participate in rehab and substance abuse treatment. Genetic factors may be at play when it comes to drug and alcohol addiction, as well as mental health issues. Family dynamics often play a critical role in addiction triggers, and if properly educated, family members can be a strong source of support when it comes to rehabilitation.

Aftercare Support

Completing a drug or alcohol rehab program shouldn’t spell the end of substance abuse treatment. Aftercare involves making a sustainable plan for recovery, including ongoing support. This can include sober living arrangements like halfway houses, career counseling, and setting a patient up with community  programs like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA).

Therapies Offered:

Holistic Therapy

Rather than focusing solely on addiction, holistic therapy facilities treat patients in terms of their whole being. Holistic therapy is about more than just addiction and sobriety – it addresses the person’s life in its entirety, including career, physical, familial, and spiritual aspects.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a therapy modality that focuses on the relationship between one's thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. It is used to establish and allow for healthy responses to thoughts and feelings (instead of unhealthy responses, like using drugs or alcohol). CBT has been proven effective for recovering addicts of all kinds, and is used to strengthen a patient's own self-awareness and ability to self-regulate. CMT allows individuals to monitor their own emotional state, become more adept at communicating with others, and manage stress without needing to engage in substance abuse.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a modified form of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), a treatment designed to help people understand and ultimately affect the relationship between their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. DBT is often used for individuals who struggle with self-harm behaviors, such as self-mutilation (cutting) and suicidal thoughts, urges, or attempts. It has been proven clinically effective for those who struggle with out-of-control emotions and mental health illnesses like Borderline Personality Disorder.

Individual Therapy

In individual therapy, a patient meets one-on-one with a trained psychologist or counselor. Therapy is a pivotal part of effective substance abuse treatment, as it often covers root causes of addiction, including challenges faced by the patient in their social, family, and work/school life.

Trauma Therapy

Trauma therapy addresses traumatic incidents from a client's past that are likely affecting their present-day experience. Trauma is often one of the primary triggers and potential causes of addiction, and can stem from child sexual abuse, domestic violence, having a parent with a mental illness, losing one or both parents at a young age, teenage or adult sexual assault, or any number of other factors. The purpose of trauma therapy is to allow a patient to process trauma and move through and past it, with the help of trained and compassionate mental health professionals.

Group Therapy

Group therapy is any therapeutic work that happens in a group (not one-on-one). There are a number of different group therapy modalities, including support groups, experiential therapy, psycho-education, and more. Group therapy involves treatment as well as processing interaction between group members.

Experiential Therapy

Experiential therapy is a form of therapy in which clients are encouraged to surface and work through subconscious issues by engaging in real-time experiences. Experiential therapy departs from traditional “talk therapy” by involving the body, and having clients engage in activities, movements, and physical and emotional expression. This can involve role-play or using props (which can include other people). Experiential therapy can help people process trauma, memories, and emotion quickly, deeply, and in a lasting fashion, leading to substantial and impactful healing.

Life Skills

Life skills trainings involve all the skills a person must have in order to function successfully in the world. These include time management, career guidance, money management, and effective communication. Truly successful addiction recovery is based on the ability to not only live substance-free, but to thrive. Life skills teaches the practical necessities of functioning in society, which sets clients up for success in life, and therefore sobriety.

Nutrition Therapy

Nutrition therapy, aka medical nutrition therapy (MNT), is a way of treating physical, emotional, and medical conditions through diet. Specific dietary plans are designed by professional nutritionists or registered dietitians, and patients follow them in order to positively affect their physical and mental health.

Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)

The Electroconvulsive Therapy Program (ECT) at Shawnee Mission Medical Center provides an alternative and effective treatment option for individuals suffering from depression, bipolar and other psychiatric disorders. ECT is a procedure performed by a specialized psychiatrist where an electrical impulse is used to stimulate the brain causing changes in brain chemistry while quickly reversing symptoms of certain mental illnesses. Studies reveal that ECT is a highly therapeutic treatment option particularly for individuals that are not improving with medications and therapy alone. Our ECT patients are thoroughly assessed for progress and medically monitored throughout the course of treatment. On average, a patient will receive ECT treatments two to three times a week for a total of 10-12 treatments. Additionally we offer ongoing maintenance treatments to help prevent a relapse of mental illness symptoms.

Shawnee Mission Medical Center - Behavioral Health Highlights:

Shawnee Mission Medical Center’s Behavioral Health Unit is an inpatient program with two components - mental health stabilization and medical detoxification from addictive substances.
For individuals needing crisis mental health stabilization services, the facility offers around the clock care to ensure that patients are safe and comfortable while they work with their team of specialized professionals to achieve stability and wellness. In addition to working individually with a psychiatrist on a daily basis for medication management, patients also benefit from their integrated team of caregivers including psychiatric nurses, clinical and expressive therapists, behavioral health associates, pharmacists, chaplains, and dietitians.
Prior to completion of the program, both mental health and addiction recovery patients will participate in a collaborative process with a licensed therapist to identify next steps and follow up care to enhance continued safety and life-long recovery. The discharge planning process will assist in making appointments for ongoing care.
Executive Setting




  • Private Health Insurance plans accepted
  • Medicaid may cover part or all of your addiction treatment costs.
  • Medicare rehab coverage
  • State financed or Low cost Treatment
  • Cash payments accepted