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Phone: 913-715-0725

111 S Cherry, Suite 3300, Olathe, KS 66061

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Take advantage of Drug Takeback Day to clear the cabinet
October 25, 2018

You might want to mark your calendars for the 16th National Prescription Drug Takeback Day on Saturday, Oct. 27. The initiative calls attention to the potential of abuse of medication, and provides a safe, accessible and responsible way to dispose of prescription drugs.

Residents of all ages are invited to drop off their pills, patches, vitamins, ointments and pet medications. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. Take note: Needles, sharps and liquids will not be accepted.

There are numerous drop-off locations around the county. Enter your address to find the location closest to you.

If you are unable to drop off your medication on Saturday, there are two locations in Overland Park that accept meds from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. They are Myron E. Scafe Justice Center, 12400 Foster St., just beyond the police lobby and Sanders Justice Center, 8500 Antioch Road, in the upper lobby. Drop-off is anonymous.

Medicare open enrollment ends Dec. 7
November 6, 2018

Free Medicare counseling available from Johnson County K-State Extension

Attention baby-boomers. Are you approaching or have you already turned 65? Did you notify the Social Security office? Do you have to? What if you’re still working? What if you get health benefits through your employer or spouse’s employer? Do you still have to sign up for Medicare? What’s Part A? What’s Part D? Do you pay premiums? Are you going to have to pay a penalty if you didn’t sign up?

Like most things in life, the answer to these questions is, “It depends.”

If you’ve tried to maneuver your way through medicare.gov and ssa.gov (Social Security Administration) and are totally confused you are not alone. But if you don’t comply with the government’s requirements, you could be forfeiting valuable benefits you’ve earned through a lifetime of hard work.

During the open enrollment period, free Medicare counseling is available from Johnson County K-State extension agent Denise Dias. She is available to answer your questions or meet with you to help walk you through the basics of Medicare. Call 913-715-7000 or email her with  questions or to schedule an appointment.

The following sessions are also available, but please note, they fill up quickly.

Free Part D walk-in help day: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 28 at the Johnson County Extension Office, rm 1060, 11811 S. Sunset Drive, Olathe (first come/first served - building opens at 8 a.m.) Map to office

No appointment is needed to stop in and receive help from a Senior Health Insurance Counseling for Kansas (SHICK) volunteer to choose a Medicare Drug Plan. Last year one participant saved $12,000 annually through comparisons of drug plans.

The SHICK volunteer  will help you consider the following changes before you decide what to do:

  • Are all your medications covered with your current plan for 2019?
  • Will you see any increase in your cost-shares at the pharmacy?
  • Can you use any pharmacy you want?
  • Do you have any restrictions on your medications, such as, quantity limits, step therapy, or prior authorization?

Medicare Part D DIY: 9 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 3 at Mill Creek Activity Center, 6518 Vista Drive, Shawnee. Fee: $3/$4. To register call Johnson County Park and Recreation 913-831-3359 and reference barcode 11572. Online registration is also available.

For adults enrolled in Medicare who want to learn to navigate the Medicare website themselves to choose a Part D plan.

Extension Medicare 101 class: 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 30 at Prairie Village Community Center, 7720 Mission Road, Prairie Village. Fee: $3/$4 Register through JCPRD or 5 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 29 at HCA Health/Quivira Internal Medicine, suite 200,10601 Quivira Road, Overland Park. This class is free. No registration required. Walk-ins welcomed.

This class walks new or confused participants through the essentials of Medicare. It covers the basics of Parts A, B, C (Medicare Advantage), D and Medicare supplements (Medigap).

Topics include: 

  • benefits and costs.
  • the enrollment process.
  • enrollment periods. 
  • various options for coverage.
A fun expo planned for the 50 Plus crowd
October 23, 2018

Make plans to spend the day at the annual Live Well, Age Well Expo planned for Mon., Oct. 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Marriott Overland Park, 10800 Metcalf Ave.

This event is known for its wide offerings of educational sessions and panel discussions by area experts on topics relevant to aging well in Johnson County. You will also be able to experience what the Johnson County Parks and Recreation District has to offer through a variety of program demonstrations. And there will be an opportunity to meet and explore the many businesses and services available to you or your aging loved ones. A variety of screenings, giveaways and opportunities for door prize drawings will be held throughout the day, as well as two sessions of bingo!

This event is brought to you by JCPRD’s 50 Plus Program, in partnership with Barry Law and Blue Cross and Blue Shield. Don’t miss all the fun at this important free expo! 

Call (913) 826-3030 or visit jcprd.com for more information.

Advance voting in person underway
October 22, 2018

Advance voting in person for the 2018 general election on Nov. 6 began Oct. 22 and ends Nov. 3 at six locations in Johnson County:

  • Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park.
  • Hilltop Conference Center, 7700 W. 143rd St., Overland Park.
  • Johnson County Northeast Offices, 6000 Lamar Ave., Mission.
  • Johnson County Sunset Office Building, 11811 Sunset Drive, Olathe.
  • Okun Fieldhouse, 20200 Johnson Drive, Shawnee.
  • Johnson County Election Office, 2101 E. Kansas City Road, Olathe.

Advance voting hours vary by location and by date, so check the Election Office website before heading to the polls.

The last day for advance voting in person at the Election Office is Nov. 5, from 8 a.m. to noon.

Advance voting by mail began Oct. 17. The deadline to apply for an advance voting by mail ballot is Oct. 30.

Ballots may be returned by mail or hand-delivered to any advance voting location, to Election Day polling sites during voting hours or to the Election Office by 7 p.m., Nov. 6.

In order for a mailed ballot to count, the ballot must be postmarked on or before the date of the election and received by the third day following the date of the election, unless additional time is permitted by the secretary of state.

Voting polls on Election Day, Nov. 6, open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.

Celebrating the value of an inclusive workforce
October 19, 2018

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. It’s a time to celebrate the contributions of workers with disabilities and educate others about the value of a workforce inclusive of their skills and talents.

Johnson County’s Project SEARCH is an education and employment program offered by Johnson County Developmental Supports for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities 18 years of age or older who are interested in community employment. Whether it's making a connection between a client and a potential employer, helping with resume writing, conducting practice interviews or providing on-site coaching once a client gets a job; JCDS is right beside them.

Michael Gabbert is not only 2018 Project SEARCH graduate, but a success story as well. He has been working 40 hours a week at Shawnee Mission Medical Center since August. Among his responsibilities, he transports roughly 15 to 25 patients to and from various departments within the hospital for tests, to their rooms when they are first admitted from the emergency room and then to their cars when it's time to go home. This job is physically and mentally demanding as he is transporting very sick patients in both wheelchairs and by bed who are often times hooked up to IV’s and oxygen tanks.

Gabbert is building an incredible reputation for himself as being detail-oriented, hardworking, dependable and most of all, friendly. One patient and his supervisor described him as "standing out" because he always goes above and beyond to make the patients feel comfortable and cared for. Gabbert has received praise from several patients for demonstrating a friendly and calming demeanor.

He was recognized during the most recent Johnson County Board of County Commissioners meeting when a proclamation was presented.

"Thank you for the important work that you do and the important service that you provide to members of the community," said Ed Eilert, chairman of the BOCC.


Developmental Supports hosts open interviews
October 18, 2018

Direct support professionals (DSPs) play a crucial role in supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in their quest to live and work in the community, rather than in institutional settings.

Johnson County Developmental Supports (JCDS) is hosting open interviews for DSP positions from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 23, at the county administration building, 111 S. Cherry St., in Olathe.

Applicants should bring a resume and reference information with them to the event. They can expect open interviews and onsite applications. For those to whom an offer is extended, physical essential functions and TB tests will also be available.

The minimum requirements for the position include:

  1. High school diploma and one year of experience working in a human services field. Education can substitute for experience.
  2. Must have valid driver’s license with a good driving record and be able to successfully complete background screenings.
  3. Successful completion of physical essential functions test and TB test.
  4. Transportation of clients either in county vehicle or in a personal vehicle possible.

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JCDS is the largest service provider in Johnson County, Kansas. They support 500 individuals each day. Approximately 300 people work at JCDS, many of whom have been with the agency for decades.