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Proposed FY 2020 Budget maintains constant mill levy
May 15, 2019

The proposed FY 2020 Budget for Johnson County Government maintains a constant mill levy for Johnson County property owners. It aligns with the county’s emergency and safety-net services rated “most important” future priorities in the 2019 Community Survey and with top priorities of the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) for 2019-2020.

County Manager Penny Postoak Ferguson presented the budget proposal to the board on Thursday, May 9, during a Committee of the Whole session. 

“I am proud of what we have accomplished within the FY 2020 Proposed Budget,” Postoak Ferguson noted in her budget message to the BOCC. “We were able to maintain and even enhance our high level of quality services and programs within the means of a proposed constant mill levy for FY 2020. As our Community Survey reveals year after year, Johnson County sets the standard of service delivery compared to other communities of our size.”

The county’s proposed FY 2020 Budget totals $1.26 billion, with expenditures estimated at $934.5 million and reserves set at $331.4 million. The funding supports the departments and agencies that comprise Johnson County Government to serve and protect a county population of more than 604,000 residents.

“Residents are encouraged to learn more about the proposed budget and provide input about county services and programs for FY 2020 and beyond,” Ed Eilert, chairman of the BOCC, said. “All residents are invited to be an active part of the county’s annual budget process and to share their views with Board members and county management as we consider and finalize the budget for next year.”

The BOCC now will review the budget proposal and meet with county departments and agencies in a series of work sessions from mid-May to mid-June.

The public hearing on the new county budget will occur at 7 p.m. Monday, July 29, in the Board’s Hearing Room located on the third floor of the Johnson County Administration Building, 111 South Cherry Street, in downtown Olathe.

The Board is scheduled to adopt the budget resolution during its business session on Thursday, Aug. 8, beginning at 9:30 a.m. in the Hearing Room. According to state statute, the county’s new budget must be approved and filed with the County Clerk by Aug. 25.

An overview of the proposed FY 2020 Budget is available here, to the county manager's budget message and supporting materials is here, and to a press release is here.



Recovery Conference provides hope, resources
May 8, 2019

Johnson County Mental Health Center’s annual Recovery Conference will take place this Friday at Cleveland University-Kansas City. More than 100 community members have registered to attend the conference and take advantage of the sessions which will provide tools and skills to help them on their road to recovery.

“The journey to recovery is a long one and sometimes can be stressful or lonely…” said one Mental Health Center client, who will be speaking at the conference. “Events like the Recovery Conference can help those who feel lost or alone to not feel as such and to have encouragement from supportive people to encourage them to continue their journey.”

The conference will feature a keynote address from local singer and songwriter, Una Walkenhorst. As a Kansas City native, she will speak to her own mental health journey and perform several of her original songs.

The Recovery Conference is from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Friday, May 10. Breakfast will be provided starting at 9 a.m. and lunch is also provided. The conference is free and interested individuals can register online at jocogov.org/mentalhealth, by calling 913-715-7880 or emailing jcmhcinfo@jocogov.org

Johnson County Breastfeeding Coalition formed
May 8, 2019

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 83.8% of Kansas moms initiate breastfeeding, but this number drops to 50.5% by the time the child is 6 months old and 32.4% at 12 months of age. There’s no question that breastfeeding benefits moms and babies, yet a lack of support from healthcare providers, workplaces and other systems often prevent moms from reaching their breastfeeding goals.

Members of the community met in January 2019 to form the Johnson County Breastfeeding Coalition to discuss the landscape of breastfeeding support in the county. The conversation explored barriers to breastfeeding and generated project ideas for areas of improvement. The coalition meets monthly.

Last month the coalition recruited additional businesses to display the “Breastfeeding Welcome Here” window sticker, bringing the total number in Johnson County to 31 and meeting the final requirement to attain the Community Supporting Breastfeeding designation from the Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition.

The coalition is working to bring together additional members of the community who have personal breastfeeding experience or who play a role in breastfeeding outcomes. The coalition meets the 3rd Tuesday of the month from 2 - 3:30 p.m. at the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment, 6000 Lamar Ave. in Mission. Contact Danica.Pelzel@jocogov.org or call 913-826-1229 for more information.

First co-responder to work in a school district
May 8, 2019

For the first time, Johnson County Mental Health will embed a co-responder into a Johnson County school district. Gardner Edgerton Unified School District 231 will have a co-responder work full time in the district to provide immediate assistance to students in need during a crisis situation. The position will be filled in July 2019.

“We are excited to be able to offer this support and service to our students and their families and our staff members. We are thankful for the relationship that has been developed between USD 231 and Johnson County Mental Health Center. By partnering together, we are better able to meet the needs of our community," said USD 231 Superintendent Pam Stranathan.

On May 6, the Gardner Edgerton school board voted to approve a memorandum of understanding with Johnson County for the full-time clinical co-responder. The Johnson County Board of County Commissioners approved the memorandum of understanding on Thursday, May 2. The arrangement is for a one-year pilot, with the potential to expand to other school districts in the county. The county will continue to develop and track key performance indicators to determine if the pilot is a success.

“We are pleased to be able to partner with a school district in this way,” said Johnson County Mental Health Center Director Tim DeWeese, “It takes the community working together to end the stigma and start the necessary conversations about mental health in teens and adolescents.”

The school board approved a partnership to support the position during the 2019 – 2020 school year. Johnson County Board of County Commissioners approved the rest of the funding for the position using both mental health funding sources and some county tax support.

The Co-Responder Program began in 2011, with a pilot with the city of Olathe Police Department. Now, most communities in Johnson County have a co-responder embedded within their police department.


Celebrating all nurses!
May 6, 2019

Today is National Nurses Day, which kicks off National Nurses Week. We wanted to take the time to say “thank you” to our community’s nurses for the important work you do.

We have several departments and agencies whose nursing staff helps protect the health and safety of clients we serve, or the greater community. Nurse Assistants, Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs), Registered Nurses (RNs) and Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNS) are all included in our workforce and provide direct care where needed. Here are some of the examples of nursing services we offer to Johnson County residents:

  • Registered Nurses are available for in-home, office or community site visits with new mothers and infants who live in Johnson County. 
  • Nurse-Family Partnership is a FREE nurse-led home visitation program that pairs first-time mothers with a nurse home visitor. The mother-to-be and her nurse meet regularly through her pregnancy, the birth of her newborn, until the child turns two. 
  • Skilled Registered Nurses are available to visit with senior adults one-on-one in their home and provide physical and social assessments as well as education and counseling on senior needs. 
  • Nurses help provide care for people of all ages at our Department of Health clinics in Olathe and Mission. They also hold Blood Pressure Clinics at various locations throughout the county.
  • A team of nurses at Johnson County Developmental Supports offers clinical services and supports necessary for the individuals they serve with intellectual and developmental disabilities to maintain health.
  • Through the Area Agency on Aging, registered nurses provide weekly medication management as part of in-home services for seniors.
  • Johnson County Mental Health nurses serve the public as part of a medical staff that provides quality psychiatric services, as well as a walk in nursing clinic in both the Olathe and Shawnee offices.

Happy National Nurses Day and Week and thank you for all you do to keep our community healthy!

97% of Johnson County residents give the county a positive rating as a place to live
May 2, 2019

In the annual Johnson County Community Survey, residents again gave high marks for the county’s quality of life, services and programs, and voiced their opinions on the services most important to them.

Results from the 2019 Community Survey were shared Thursday, May 2, with the Johnson County Board of Commissioners during a weekly study session. The survey, totaling six pages of 27 questions, was conducted in March and April by ETC Institute of Olathe.

“Johnson County continues to set the standard of service delivery compared to other large communities,” Chris Tatham, president and chief executive officer of ETC, said.

According to Tatham, overall satisfaction with county services rated 36% above the national average, public safety services rated 24% above the national average and value received for tax dollars rated 19% above the national average.

As in the previous surveys, residents were asked to rate the quality of life in Johnson County. The 2019 survey results were all virtually the same as the prior year, including 97% satisfied with Johnson County as a place to live (a decrease of only 1% from the 2018 survey), 95% satisfied with Johnson County as a place to raise children (96% in 2018) and 92% satisfied with an overall feeling of safety in the county (up from 91% in 2018).

Full results of the 2019 Community Survey satisfaction survey are available here and access to a press release is available here