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Human Services

Central Office: 913-715-8800

11811 S. Sunset Drive, Suite 1300, Olathe, Kansas 66061

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Johnson County’s Human Services department manages programs and activities that support the independence, dignity and self-sufficiency of Johnson County residents. These services and opportunities primarily target older adults, people with disabilities, low-income families, and other residents who require assistance.

Department News

Johnson County makes plans after $2.1 million statewide cut to Senior Care Act funding.
June 27, 2016

The Directors of the 11 Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) in Kansas met in Topeka to examine the impact of recently announced statewide cuts to the Kansas Senior Care Act funds. The $2.1 million reduction announced will result in a 30 percent decrease to the program and is estimated to negatively impact more than 1,300 seniors across the state. Seniors will receive letters as early as June indicating if services will need to be terminated or reduced. Johnson County has implemented a “waiting list” and a “priority list” for area seniors who qualify for services.

Please click here for more complete information.  See SCA Advocacy in Topeka June 24th.  Also see other articles on the impact of the funding cuts: Kansas City Star | Kansas Health Institute | Lawrence Journal World | Shawnee Mission Post | Hays Daily News | Junction City Post | Chanute Tribune

Twelve Most Wanted Foods - Food Drive
February 8, 2016


During the holidays we receive several large donations from community groups such as churches, civic organizations, schools, businesses, and other community partners. Most of the food that we have received over the holidays is gone, which is great news! We have helped hundreds of families through the generosity of our neighbors here in Johnson County. However, we need your help again. Qualifying residents can receive food pantry assistance every thirty days from one of our six Multi-Service Centers. Our shelves need stocked year round. Our Center Managers have compiled a list of the twelve most wanted foods in our Multi-Service Centers. See flyer here

Twelve Most Wanted Foods - 

  1. Peanut Butter
  2. Macaroni & Cheese
  3. Helper Meals (Hamburger Helper, Tuna Helper, etc)
  4. Cereal
  5. Canned Tuna or Chicken
  6. Soup
  7. Canned Fruit
  8. Canned Veggies
  9. Canned Pasta (spaghetti rings, ravioli) 
  10. Rice
  11. Beans
  12. Ketchup 

Please consider hosting a drive to assist local residents in need. Students needing service hours can receive five hours of service if they collect 50 or more food items. For food safety, we cannot accept expired items. Donations can be dropped off at one of our seven offices. Please call to make arrangements for your donation drop-off. You can contact Brandy Hodge, Community Relations Manager, 913.715.8866 or Brandy.Hodge@jocogov.org for more information. 

Johnson County Meals on Wheels Needs Your Help
March 1, 2016

Are you interested in being a volunteer delivering meals on wheels?

- Volunteers deliver meals to homebound seniors once a week, once a month, or when available.
- Meals are delivered 10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m., Monday - Friday
- Meals can be delivered by:
• Individuals
• Civic & other groups
• Faith community teams
• Employee teams
- Routes are available in your neighborhood
- Children are welcome to accompany parent or grandparent on the route.

If you are interested or want additional information, please call Brandy 913-715-8859, e-mail Brandy.Hodge@jocogov.org or see our web page about Volunteer Opportunities


Johnson County Catch-a-Ride Needs Your Help!
March 1, 2016

Are you interested in driving county residents to critical appointments?  We hope so, because Catch-a-Ride needs you! And Catch-a-Ride has a special need for drivers in rural areas such as Gardner, Spring Hill, and De Soto.

Catch-a-Ride is a completely volunteer-based program in which elders, people with a disability, and people in a major life transition are given rides to medical appointments, grocery stores/food pantries, and social service agencies. Clients are people who cannot drive themselves and do not have a network of people who can drive for them.

Volunteers can drive “anytime, anywhere” or only at certain intervals or in certain areas of the county. We are very respectful of driver needs and schedules.

If you are interested or want additional information, please call Brandy 913-715-8859, or e-mail Brandy.Hodge@jocogov.org.

Nominations Sought for Annual Leadership in Aging Award
June 9, 2016

The Johnson County Commission on Aging (COA) is seeking candidates for its annual Leadership in Aging Award, which honors individuals, groups, or organizations making outstanding contributions to the quality of life of older adults and their families in Johnson County.  The award is presented to recognize the dedication and vision that is demonstrated by the award winner.  The COA will present the Leadership in Aging Award in the fall.

To request a nomination form, call the Area Agency on Aging (AAA) at 913-715-8860 or print the form here and send it in.  See past Leadership in Aging Award winners

Nominations must be submitted by close of business day on Friday, August 5..  Mail to Patricia Burton, c/o Area Agency on Aging, 11811 S. Sunset Drive, Suite 1300, Olathe, KS 66061, or email to HSA-AAAWeb@jocogov.org.

The COA advises the AAA, advocating for senior adults in the county. Its members are appointed by the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners.