42 C.A.R.E.S. (Counseling, Assessment, Resilience & Education) was established after the IAFF and Local 42 recognized that maintaining first responder behavioral health is an essential priority. Local 42 created this resource with a dedicated clinician who provides referrals, crisis intervention, peer support connections and general behavioral health support for members and their families.
Our goal is to prevent or lessen the negative impact of stress and trauma that our members may face.
42 C.A.R.E.S. provides resources to members and their family by providing counseling sessions, peer support, crisis intervention and referrals to other behavioral/mental service providers.
The Peer Support Program is made up of IAFF Local 42 fire service members just like you. Peer Support provides an opportunity to talk confidentially with someone who understands what you are experiencing because they have also been there. This is confidential assistance provided by trained, experienced personnel who are always ready to answer the call to help their brothers and sisters regardless of the need.
42 C.A.R.E.S. has a list of preferred clinicians that have been assessed as having the appropriate training (modalities) to insure they meet members' needs. There are family (couples) counselors, equine therapy, play therapist and trauma specialists who provide Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy and other evidence-based modalities.
AJ is the program director for 42 C.A.R.E.S. She earned her undergraduate degree in psychology & Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from the University of Kansas. AJ is an experienced psychotherapist who has over 15 years of experience of working with veterans, addiction, trauma, suicidal concerns, families and crisis management.
National Helpline is available at 1-800-662-HELP (4357),
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available at 1-800-273-8255
Crisis Text Line is available by texting HOME to 741741.
Employee Assistance Program
There is more than just clinical support (counseling sessions) available through our EAP resources. You and/or your family may need additional support such as 24/7/365 telephone support, coaching, webinars for managing behavioral health needs, financial or legal expert help, will planning and/or additional support for life needs. Please call 1-877-281-3804 or reach out to AJ (the clinician) for the password.
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Alicia "AJ" Jones Pittman
Behavioral Health Program Director
6320 Manchester Ave Suite 41C
Kansas City, MO 64133