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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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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.

New pilot offers mental health services to infants and families
April 29, 2019

Division Director Janie Yannacito and Case Manager Rachael Perez are working hard to recruit families with infants for a new pilot program for the Johnson County Mental Health Center. The new program, Attachment & Biobehavioral Catch-Up or ABC, strengthens a parent’s relationship with his or her child, aged 6-24 months, while helping the child to learn to regulate behaviors and emotions.

“This program is our first truly preventative program for children,” said Tim DeWeese, director of Johnson County Mental Health Center. “We know that children who face early attachment challenges are at greater risk for behavioral, emotional and physiological problems as they age. This program helps us reduce that risk.”

ABC consists of an intake assessment and ten, weekly one-hour sessions in the home with the child and his or her parents. Certified ABC clinicians provide feedback to the parents as they learn to nurture their child and follow their child’s lead.

The program is open to any family who may be considered “at risk,” based on the parents’ history or early traumatic or challenging experiences for the infant. Any Johnson County resident can personally ask for the program and other service providers can also refer families for the program. Since the program is a pilot, it is offered free of charge.

“The feedback we give to parents would actually be helpful to any parent,” said Division Director Janie Yannacito, one of the two ABC certified clinicians. “Many of these parents are used to being told what they’re doing wrong. This program emphasizes what they’re doing right.”

The program was developed by Dr. Mary Dozier at the University of Delaware. Yannacito and Perez were certified in ABC in February after going through a rigorous screening and training process. Families or referring organizations interested in the program can contact Yannacito at 913-826-1540 or Perez at 913-826-1522.

Personal Property Value Notices to be mailed on May 1
April 25, 2019

The Johnson County Appraiser’s Office will mail approximately 19,000 value notices to Johnson County property owners, businesses and oil and gas accounts on May 1.

Examples of commercial personal property that are to be valued include manufacturing equipment, computers, telephone systems, copy machines, shelving and racks, and plant machinery. Examples of individual personal property include recreational vehicles, boats, motors, trailers, heavy trucks, mobile homes, off-road vehicles, four-wheelers and aircraft, etc.

 These value notices do not include the following:

  • Motor vehicles that are taxed at the time of licensing
  • Commercial equipment that costs $1,500 or less
  • Commercial equipment purchased after June 30, 2006

May 15 is the deadline for Johnson County personal property owners to appeal their values to the Johnson County Appraiser’s Office.

Property owners who have questions are advised to contact the Appraiser’s Office at 913-715-9000. For more information, visit the Johnson County Appraiser's Office webpage.

Thirty-eight graduate from Citizens Academy
April 25, 2019

Thirty-eight people graduated from the Johnson County Citizens Academy Tuesday night at the County Administration Building.

The Citizens Academy Program (CAP) allows community-minded individuals to discover what makes the high quality of life possible in Johnson County through behind-the-scene tours, hands-on activities and conversations with county commissioners, the county manager and county staff.

The program seeks to enhance citizen knowledge of county operations and services, encourage a unified community identity and increase participation in Johnson County boards, advisory councils and commissions.

Participants attended 10 three-hour weekly sessions that explored the county budget, civic engagement and volunteer opportunities.

Overland Park Resident Parri Christie said she'd recommend the program to Johnson County residents.

"I kind of think I already had a little bit of a clue about what was going on, but there is so much information and so many different entities to learn about, and so it's just been a great program," Christie said.

Graduates received a certificate and were connected to a growing network of academy alumni.

County residents may apply online at any time. The next session begins in fall 2019.

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