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Phone: 913-715-0725

111 S Cherry, Suite 3300, Olathe, KS 66061

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Taking Action to Prevent Suicide in Our LGBTQ+ Community
September 14, 2018

September is National Suicide Prevention Month and National Suicide Prevention Week is Sept. 9 -15, 2018. Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the U.S. and each year nearly 45,000 Americans die by suicide. In an effort to build awareness and educate, the Johnson County Suicide Prevention Coalition is hosting a training event on Friday, Sept. 14 that is free and open to the community.

The topic is “Taking Action to Prevent Suicide in Our LGBTQ+ Community.” Participants will leave with an improved understanding of the challenges of LGBTQ+ people in the community, especially with regard to suicide, clear action steps they can take to be a powerful ally in preventing suicide, and an introduction to the neuroscience of unconscious bias and how it impacts one’s ability to make a difference.

The program will be presented by Jay Pryor, a speaker, executive coach and facilitator of corporate trainings and workshops around the world. They are a transgender and gender non-conforming advocate and educator for inclusivity and gender consciousness. They also serve as the co-host of Doing the Work with Jay and Becca, a weekly podcast devoted to awakening people to their own power to transform their lives. Jay is the author of the acclaimed book, Lean Inside: 7 Steps to Personal Power: A Practical Guide to Transformation for Women. Jay lives with their wife Jessica and their two children in Lawrence, Kansas.

The program will be held from 8 to 11:30 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 14 at the Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center – 8788 Metcalf Ave. in Overland Park.

To RSVP, please contact Joe Kordalski at RKordalski@usd232.org or 913-667-6250

The Johnson County Suicide Prevention Coalition saves and supports life, with our community partners, through awareness, education and outreach. The coalition meets monthly on the fourth Thursday of the month from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the Johnson County Mental Health Center – 1125 W. Spruce St. in Olathe. To learn more about the coalition, visit jocogov.org/spc or call 913-715-7880.

Johnson County dedicates Fallen Officers Memorial
September 11, 2018

On the 17th anniversary of the terrorist attack on the nation, Johnson County dedicated a Fallen Officers Memorial on Tuesday, Sept. 11, in front of the Sheriff’s Operations Building at the Fred Allenbrand Criminal Justice Complex at the New Century AirCenter.

Featured speakers at the ceremony were U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder, Sheriff Calvin Hayden and Life Scout Luke Gwartney, who designed and completed the memorial as an Eagle Scout project.

The Fallen Officers Memorial honors three officers from the Sheriff’s Office who were killed in the line of duty, including Master Deputy Brandon Collins, who died on Sept. 11, 2016, when his parked patrol car was hit by a vehicle driven by an intoxicated driver. Members of his family were special guests at the dedication.

The memorial also honors Sgt. Willard Carver who was shot and killed on June 23, 1952, while attempting to arrest two men for an auto theft along with Detective Gerald Foote. He was killed on April 3, 1971, in a two-car crash on I-35 near 119th Street while he was involved in a homicide investigation with an officer from the Olathe Police Department.

The dedication completes a project that has spanned more than a year in the making. Gwartney designed the layout of the memorial himself and through fundraising and donations, was able to raise slightly more than $8,000 in private donations for the project without the use of any public funding.



Extension offers Medicare enrollment classes
September 7, 2018

Medicare open enrollment begins Oct. 15 and runs through Dec. 7. Whether you’re new to the program or an existing participant, Johnson County K-State Research and Extension is offering a series of FREE classes to help guide you through the maze of Medicare.

The Medicare Basics class walks you 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

The Medicare Basics class takes place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, or Tuesday, Nov. 6 at the Johnson County Extension Office, 11811 S. Sunset Drive, Olathe.

If you want to enroll yourself in your own Medicare Drug plan, but you’re just not sure how to navigate through the website, consider the DIY Medicare Part D class from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9 at the extension office. This class will provide step-by-step instructions on using the Medicare Plan Finder to select a Medicare prescription drug plan that works best for you.

Registration is required for both classes. Register online or call 913-715-7000 to register by phone.

Feed the Need collects almost 145 tons in food donations
September 6, 2018

Johnson County’s 2018 Feed the Need campaign is providing almost 145 tons in food donations and cash to benefit seven local food pantries.

Results of the Feed the Need campaign were announced Thursday, Sept. 6, to the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) by Ellen Wernicke, director of the county’s Department of Emergency Management and Communications and chair of the 2018 campaign. The announcement coincides with September being Hunger Action Month, locally and nationally.

The 2018 campaign collected 289,765 pounds of food, both in actual food donations and cash totaling $71,620. A dollar donation represents four pounds of food. Each of the food pantries benefitting from Feed the Need received $7,162 for use in providing food supplies to eligible Johnson County residents.

Three of the food panties are in multi-service centers at Mission, Lenexa and Gardner operated by the Department of Human Services. The Feed the Need campaign also assists food pantries operated by Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas, Shawnee Community Services, First Christian Church of Olathe and Salvation Army.

More information is available at http://jocogov.org/press-release/johnson-county-government-collects-nearly-145-tons-food-area-food-pantries.

Johnson County booths participate in Old Settlers activities
September 6, 2018

Johnson County Government will again have an informational booth with its spin-to-win prize wheel during the Johnson County Old Settlers celebration in downtown Olathe this week. The booth will be located in front of the administration building from Sept. 6-8. The department of Emergency Management and Communications, Sheriff’s Office and Election Office will also have booths during the three-day festival, featuring the “Kansas largest parade” starting at 10 a.m. Saturday with a theme of “Love and Peace: A look back to the 1960s.”

This marks the 120th anniversary of Old Settlers, which started in 1898 with a downtown community picnic with a band, bubble gum blowing contests, watermelon seed spitting contests and sack races. Along with traditional horseshoe-pitching contests and an ice cream social, annual activities now include craft and food booths, carnival rides and bands as part of nightly live music.

Several streets around the county square will be closed during the event to accommodate activities, booths, the carnival and crowds of people. The downtown Olathe parking garage will be accessible to the general public.With rain in the forecast for the next several days, you may want to monitor the Old Settlers Facebook page for weather-related updates.



Human Services posts '12 most wanted foods'
September 5, 2018

This week, the Johnson County Human Services Department (HSD) launched a 12 Most Wanted Food Drive to inspire community members to help their neighbors through hosting their own food drives. On the first day of the campaign, one resident dropped off 300 pounds of food for the food pantries.

There are one dozen most desirable foods that provide the fundamentals for family meals:

  1. Helper meals
  2. Oatmeal
  3. Cereal
  4. Peanut butter
  5. Jelly
  6. Canned fruit
  7. Canned vegetables
  8. Beans
  9. Soup
  10. Pasta sauce
  11. Canned pasta
  12. Canned chicken/tuna

Residents are encouraged to host their own food drive to help collect these types of food items. Students can earn service hours by hosting a food drive; every 50 items earns five service hours. HSD provides tips for a successful food drive on its Facebook page. Donations can be dropped off at the Olathe office, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. No appointment is needed.

Johnson County Human Services
11811 S Sunset Drive Suite 1300
Olathe, Kansas 66061