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Phone: 913-715-0725

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

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Explore the darker side of the Roaring 20s
August 27, 2018

Explore how a modern, American society emerged in the 1920s at the Johnson County Museum’s latest exhibit, The Turbulent Twenties. The decade is often viewed as a time of roaring fun, prosperity, and good feeling. While consumerism was up, jazz was hot, and pop culture was all-consuming, beneath the surface of American society there were turbulent, darker aspects also at work. Find out why!
                
Located at the Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, and appropriately named, the “Turbulent Twenties” exhibit will be on public display until Aug. 11, 2019.

Taking up approximately 1,500 feet of space, the exhibit incorporates more than 50 objects from the museum’s collection as well as institutions such as the National World War I Museum, Kansas State Historical Society, Kansas City Museum and the Indiana State Museum. It also features more than 100 images from more than 20 institutions across the nation along with music and video components. 

The first programming associated with the “Turbulent Twenties exhibit” will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 12, as part of the museum’s “Lunch & Learn” program, beginning at 11:30 a.m. It is titled “The Flu: Worse than the Black Death.” The program will focus on the 1918 flu pandemic as well as the modern flu. 

Influenza vaccinations will be available from the health division of the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment. More details are available on the museum’s website at jocogov.org/museum regarding cost and accepted insurance.

The Johnson County Museum is open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The museum is closed Sunday and major holidays. Museum admission rates apply: $5 adults, $4 seniors, $3 children. As always, museum members are free.

More information is available by calling the museum at 913-826-2787.

Parents invited to discuss mental health and teens
August 24, 2018

The Johnson County Mental Health Center will hold a Facebook Live, Ask Me Anything (AMA) event at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 29.

Parents of teenagers are invited to tune in and ask whatever questions they have about how they can play an active role in promoting positive mental health for their teens. The specific topics depend on the questions that come in, but they may include issues such as concerns about friends, dealing with stress, signs of suicide, substance abuse or general parenting advice. Parents should remember not to include specific medical information or other confidential information.

Questions will be answered by Jessica Murphy and Renee Van Meter from the Mental Health Center. Murphy, a licensed master social worker, serves as team leader for emergency services, including after hours and the co-responder program. Van Meter, a licensed specialist clinical social worker and licensed clinical addiction counselor, is the team leader for open access, the initial point of contact for services at the Mental Health Center.

The video will be live streamed on the Johnson County Government Facebook page.

Johnson County Government announces new Deputy County Manager
August 24, 2018

Penny Postoak Ferguson, county manager, has appointed Maury Thompson as deputy county manager. He has served as the interim deputy county manager since January 2018. Prior to that, Thompson served as assistant county manager beginning in January 2013. The new position is effective Aug. 26. Please read more in this news release.

Portion of Mill Creek Streamway Park to be closed Aug. 27-29
August 23, 2018

Beginning Monday, Aug. 27, a half-mile portion of the Gary L. Haller Trail in the Mill Creek Streamway Park in Lenexa will be closed for a trail maintenance project.

The trail is closed between two tunnels under the railroad tracks located near the trail access points at 19803 W. 87th Lane, and the access point at 18459 Prairie Star Parkway. This closure will allow maintenance crews to install a two-inch overlay to this portion of the trail, and is expected to be complete by the end of the day, Wednesday, Aug. 29. There is no detour for this closure.

Local lawn and garden expert wins national award
September 9, 2019

If you ask Dennis Patton, horticulture agent for Johnson County K-State Research and Extension, whether he has a favorite movie he might just say, “The Seven Year Itch.” After all, it was exactly seven years ago when Patton won, for the first time, the National Association of County Agricultural Agents award as the top columnist in the nation.

Patton has now received his second communications award, presented to him at the NACAA’s annual meeting and professional development conference. The association, which includes the nation’s horticulture agents, honored Patton for his columns in The Kansas City Star’s special “GROW” sections that were published during the spring and fall seasons. To reach the national level, Patton had to win at both the state and regional level.

Patton has been an agent for K-State Research and Extension for nearly 36 years, having started out as the horticulture agent in McPherson County before moving to Johnson County in 1987. His passion for gardening was learned at his grandmother’s knee on their family farm in south-central Kansas. But it is his devotion to customer service and extensive horticultural knowledge that has earned him a well-deserved reputation as the go-to lawn and garden expert for the KC metro, and, in some instances, across the country. Patton has been interviewed by The Wall Street Journal, quoted on the CBS Morning Show, and his columns often show up in newspapers around the country.

Photo caption: (l-r) Dennis Patton was presented the National Association of County Agricultural Agents communications award by Lance Walheim, national book author and garden expert for Bayer Advanced lawn and garden products.

There is hope in recovery
August 17, 2018

Are you in recovery from mental illness and/or substance use disorders or do you care for someone who is? If so, you may want to consider joining the Johnson County Mental Health Center for its Second Annual Recovery Conference on Wednesday, Aug. 22 at Cleveland University (10820 Lowell Ave, Overland Park, KS) from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The conference is a Johnson County community event focused on providing education, resources and hope to individuals on their journey to recovery or maintaining recovery, and to those who support them. 

The morning session will feature keynote speaker, Dr. Michelle Robin who is a chiropractor, author, teacher, holistic healer, podcast host and founder of Your Wellness Connection.

“In order for us to make the greatest impact, we must look at our mechanical, chemical, energetic and psychospiritual health. A whole person approach is needed for us to come together as a community and enact generational change,” Robin said.

In the afternoon, the keynote speaker, Stephanie Tillman, a storyteller, graphic designer, creator and connector will share the importance of individuals telling their stories as a part of recovery. 

Breakout sessions include the following topics: 

  • Music and Recovery
  • Medication Assisted Treatment
  • Role of Genetics & Environmental Factors
  • Long Term Planning for Your Loved One
  • Anxiety & Mood Disorders
  • Mindfulness
  • Self-Care Techniques
  • Food and Mood
  • Building Healthy Relationships
  • Discover Your Journey
  • NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Programs
  • AA and AL-ALON meetings will be available
  • And more! 

The Recovery Conference is FREE and includes a free lunch and snacks for every attendee. Space is limited the first 200 people.

Registration is Open!
Register online at: surveymonkey.com/r/JOCORecovery2018, email jcmhcevents@jocogov.org or call 913-715-7880. 

You may also register by completing a registration form and taking it to any of the locations listed below:

Johnson County Mental Health Center
Mission Office 6000 Lamar, Suite 130 

Johnson County Mental Health Center 
Shawnee Office 6440 Nieman Road 

Johnson County Mental Health Center 
Olathe Office 1125 W. Spruce St. 

Pathways to Hope
520 S. Harrison St. #206
 

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