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Phone: 913-715-0725

111 S. Cherry St., Suite 3300, Olathe, KS 66061

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The County Manager's Office is responsible to the Board of County Commissioners and the residents of Johnson County for the effective and efficient delivery of programs and services, using sound management and financial principles while emphasizing high ethical values, innovation, and continuous improvement.

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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

 

Johnson County is Stepping Up to improve outcomes
May 2, 2019

During the month of May, we will be highlighting some of the programs and services available to Johnson County residents who have mental illness. This attention is part of a larger, nationwide campaign known as Stepping Up—an initiative to reduce the number of people with mental illness in jails.

Since the launch of Stepping Up in 2015, more than 475 counties in 43 states have passed a resolution or proclamation to join the initiative and commit to creating a data-driven, systems-level plan to reduce the prevalence of mental illness in their jails and improve outcomes for people with mental illness in their communities. Johnson County is part of this important initiative and last May, was named one of seven innovator counties in the United States.

“Johnson County is very much leading the way in the nation to address this prevalent problem in our community,” said Mental Health Center Director Tim DeWeese. “Far too often, those with mental illness are not receiving the help they need soon enough, which can lead to contact with law enforcement. But we are excited to share that we are tackling this challenge head on, by engaging our partners across the county and community to find solutions.”

One of programs that’s helping those with mental illness avoid incarceration is Johnson County’s Veterans Treatment Court. The goal of this program is to identify veterans in the criminal justice system, and, when eligible, get them into treatment and court supervision as an alternative to incarceration. Over the course of 12-18 months, participants make court appearances, undergo drug and alcohol testing, treatment, recovery support meetings and are paired with a veteran mentor. The conclusion of the program includes a graduation celebration. Check out a recent graduation event and hear from the graduates.

Learn more about the Veterans Treatment Court. Check out how veteran participants have benefited. Learn more about Stepping Up.

 

Annual event prepares public health leaders and others
May 1, 2019

Leaders in public health, emergency response, preparedness and health care from around the region gathered on Wednesday, May 1, at the Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center, in Overland Park, for the third Kansas Infectious Disease Symposium. More than 130 attended the one-day event and learned how infectious diseases are contained and managed in the state of Kansas and the region. 

Experts in infectious diseases, tuberculosis, sexually transmitted infections and influenza provided data and shared tips on how to plan for and manage outbreaks and disease investigations. Other presenters provided a perspective on opioid prevention and rabies control measures. Dr. Diane Peterson, Johnson County's chief medical examiner, was the lunchtime presenter and explained the role of forensic pathology in emerging infectious diseases. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment showed local health department staff how to integrate Essence surveillance data into their health department operations.

“Getting all of these local, state and federal partners in one room to share information and learn from one another will enhance our ability to prepare for and respond during a public health emergency,” said Lougene Marsh, director of the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment. “Whether it’s a foodborne illness investigation, a measles outbreak or bioterrorism, the people in this room are the ones who will help us protect the community’s health.”

The annual event was presented by the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

 

Be smarter than the scammers and cons
April 30, 2019

Be healthy, wealthy and wise

The AARP estimates older Americans lose $3 billion every year to exploitation and fraud. Education is the key to avoid becoming a victim. The Johnson County Sheriff's Office is offering an educational seminar on “Fraud and Scams Targeting the Elderly,” scheduled May 4 at Johnson County’s Central Resource Library, 9875 W. 87th St., Overland Park. The free event offers two sessions – 9 to 11 a.m. or noon to 2 p.m. – and features experts on scams, fraud and elder abuse. Each session will accommodate up to 150 attendees. RSVP is encouraged by calling 913-715-4545.

The National Council on Aging reports financial scams targeting seniors have become so prevalent it is now considered the “crime of the 21st century.” Scams and fraud come in many forms such as telemarketers, door-to-door sales and internet fraud and investment schemes. 

By understanding the potential scams that are out there, seniors don’t have to live in fear. According to the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, a few of the most common scams and fraud include:

Medicare/health insurance: Perpetrators pose as Medicare representatives to gain personal information or provide bogus services so Medicare can be billed and then they pocket the money.

Counterfeit prescription drugs: Seniors are increasingly looking for more affordable medications and using the internet to do so. This can not only affect personal wealth, but a person’s health as well.

Funeral and cemetery: Scammers will approach widows and widowers after a funeral, claiming the deceased had outstanding debts and will extort money.

Telemarketing/phone scams: These range from fake accidents of a family member to solicitation for fake charities.

Internet fraud: Automated internet scams will take on many forms. Supposed virus-scanning software, actual viruses and email phishing all fall under this category.

Grandparent scam: A scammer will call and say “Hi Grandma/Grandpa, do you know who this is?” When a grandparent speaks a name, the scammer has established a fake identity. They will then fake an emergency and ask for money and beg the “grandparent” to not tell their parents.

To report fraud or scams, call: The Johnson County Sheriff's Office at 913-782-0720 and the Kansas Attorney General's Office at 800-432-2310.

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