PACES Crisis Services have moved!

As parents, we all worry about our kids. But sometimes that worry may be in response to behaviors that put the safety of your child, you, or someone else at risk.

Maybe your child is expressing thoughts of suicide, threatening harm, or appearing detached from reality. If that's the case, PACES' Crisis/Emergency Services are one option for helping your child.
PACES' Crisis/Emergency Services opened in a new location last month: 7840 Washington Avenue, Kansas City, Kansas. Available from 9:00am to 6:00pm, Monday-Thursday and from 9:00am to 5:00pm on Fridays, these services are designed to help children resolve the crisis they, and their family, are experiencing.

For after hours help, call our 24-hour crisis line at 913-788-4200. 

"Our crisis services exist to help families whose children are overwhelmed and not able to cope with significant daily stressors," said PACES Executive Director Judi Rodman. "We offer a stable, non-judgmental environment to help kids and their parents resolve the crisis as quickly as possible."

Some moms and dads may be hesitant to reach out for help, fearing that their child's behavior could reflect poorly on their parenting. Rest assured that PACES staff is trained to make a family's experience with crisis services as disarming and welcoming as possible. Upon arrival:

  • You will be greeted courteously by our customer care staff at the lobby front desk;
  • You will be asked to complete a brief form with questions regarding the crisis;
  • Your child will see a clinician as soon as possible; if your child's behavior needs immediate attention, trained staff are on hand to keep your child safe.

PACES's crisis services aim to help families de-escalate the crisis quickly. Clinicians work with children in a non-confrontational but assertive way in order to set appropriate limits while building rapport with the child. Parents are encouraged to participate in the decisions made about how to best respond to the crisis. IMG_7700-(1).JPG
"We want parents to feel confident and empowered to decide what is best for their child, even at this time when they may feel helpless to do anything," said Nicole Gawer, PACES manager.
When the family believes they have an appropriate plan to help their child, they are ready to leave Crisis/Emergency Services. That plan could include using other PACES resources in the days and weeks to come, including case management, therapy, respite services, or medication management.
If parents and the clinician believe the child's crisis requires inpatient services, PACES helps the family arrange that care.
"The bottom line is: we don't ever stop working with a family until a plan is in place to make sure their child is safe," Judi said. "We will do all we can to make sure the children we serve get back on a path to recovery."