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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 Mental Health Center pledges support to Governor’s ‘Stepping Up’ initiative
February 4, 2021

Johnson County Mental Health Center (JCMHC) is committed to support the work of the new Kansas ‘Stepping Up’ Technical Assistance Center, announced by Governor Laura Kelly’s office on Jan. 26. JCMHC has been dedicated to this national initiative to reduce the number of people with mental illness in jails since its inception in 2015. 

“We are encouraged by Governor Kelly’s announcement to take on this initiative as a state-wide priority,” said Tim DeWeese, JCMHC director. “We know the value of ‘Stepping Up’ for mental health locally and are committed to help other Kansas counties in any way we can to reduce the incarceration rate of the those with mental illness in our state.”

Nationally, the number of people with a mental health condition in jail is three to six times higher than that of the general public. In Johnson County, initiatives such as a brief mental health screening at the time of booking, a special court for veterans in need of substance use treatment, co-responders embedded within law enforcement agencies, new interagency collaborations and data sharing with the public have all contributed to its local success. 

“These initiatives give people with mental health conditions the care they need,” says Johnson County Criminal Justice Coordinator Allie Dickinson, who works in the County Manager’s Office, “decreasing negative interactions with law enforcement, incarcerations and recidivism. We look forward to seeing similar results across the state of Kansas and are happy to serve as a resource.”

The national Stepping Up initiative is a collaboration between The Council of State Governments Justice Center, the National Association of Counties and the American Psychiatric Association Foundation. Johnson County was one of the first four counties to commit to the goals outlined in the initiative when it first launched in 2015. In 2018, Johnson County was one of seven counties in the nation, together with Douglas County in Kansas, to be named a Stepping Up Innovator County. This designation was given to counties considered leaders in the initiative that are committed to helping provide training and information for other counties. 

Vaccine distribution moves to those 65+ and school special education staff this week, additional doses received
February 2, 2021

The goal for Johnson County Department of Health and Environment is to provide multiple options throughout the community for our residents to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. This is the first week that community providers will be assisting us. All health systems have expressed an interest partnering with us and will be receiving vaccine supply in the coming weeks. Important note: Vaccine availability is limited. However, the county received 6,825 doses earlier last week and was fortunate to receive an additional 4,000 doses later in the week which were distributed to the health care system partners named below in this week’s plan.

Current vaccination distribution plan for this week:

  • JCDHE is vaccinating first responders (fire, police and Sheriff’s Office), health care workers who are due for their second dose and a portion of those 80 and older who have already taken the interest survey.
  • For the 65+ population, to start with, JCDHE has provided vaccine to KU-Med, Olathe Health or AdventHealth health care systems. These health systems will book appointments based upon vaccine availability, but do not call for an appointment. You will be contacted by them.
  • Children’s Mercy is vaccinating K-12 public school special education staff and Kansas School for the Deaf staff. Eligible staff should receive information from their school or district administration.

Those 80 and older who have successfully completed the county’s interest form and have not been vaccinated will receive a follow-up email or phone call from the county on how to book an appointment. We are regularly monitoring our data to ensure that everyone who takes this survey is being contacted when they are eligible for an appointment.

Get more information about the vaccinations in Johnson County.

Vaccine distribution moves to those 65+ and school special education staff next week
January 29, 2021

Johnson County Department of Health and Environment Director Dr. Sanmi Areola announced at the Jan. 28 Board of County Commissioners meeting the following vaccination plans for the week of Feb. 1:

  • Health care workers who are due for the second dose of vaccine have been contacted or will be contacted if their due date is later than Feb. 6. Appointments are being scheduled via a unique link.
  • The county will continue vaccinating any remaining persons in the 80+ population. Please complete the interest form. Those who have successfully completed the county’s interest form and have not been vaccinated will receive a follow-up email or phone call from the county on how to book an appointment. We are regularly monitoring our data to insure that everyone who takes this survey is being contacted when they are eligible for an appointment.
  • For the 65+ population, if they have been a patient at either Olathe Health or AdventHealth within the past three years, they will be contacted about appointments as the vaccine becomes available. These health systems are still booking appointments, but do not call for an appointment. You will be contacted by them.
  • Children’s Mercy will vaccinate K-12 public special education staff and Kansas School for the Deaf staff next week. Eligible staff should receive information from their school or district administration.
  • Next week, JCDHE will vaccinate first responders (fire, police and Sheriff’s Office.)
  • As this is monumental effort to undertake with very limited supplies of vaccine, we understand the level of frustration this has created in the community. Currently, JCDHE has a team of 6-8 people attempting to answer thousands of calls each day. Because we have received many voicemail messages from residents, the department has added volunteers to return those calls, as well as hired an additional nine contractors to assist with this effort next week.

Get more information about vaccinations in Johnson County.

JoCo on the Go: Older adults receive their vaccines
January 29, 2021

On JoCo on the Go, episode #77, hear from Johnson County Department of Health and Environment Director Dr. Sanmi Areola and JCDHE Epidemiology Director Elizabeth Holzschuh as they talk about vaccinating older adults – this week those 80 and older, and next week, with the help of area health systems, those 65 and up. Also hear from Debbie Collins, director of the Johnson County Aging and Human Services department, as she discusses the impact the pandemic has had on older adults in the county.

Look for JoCo on the Go where you regularly listen to podcasts. Learn more about JoCo on the Go and get a complete transcript of this episode.

Library offers trivia quiz in celebration of Kansas Day
January 29, 2021

On Friday, Jan. 29, Kansas turns 160-years-old, marking its entry into the Union as the nation’s 34th state on that date in 1861.

In celebration of Kansas Day, which the date is called, Johnson County Library is offering a social media post with a Kansas Day trivia quiz. It also offers a list of resources through JoCo History to learn more about Kansas history. The post is accessible at: https://www.facebook.com/JoCoLibrary/posts/10158865643862999.

While commemorating the state’s 160th anniversary, Johnson County always remains older. The county was formed six years before statehood was granted to Kansas. Johnson County was one of the first 33 counties created on Aug. 25 by the Legislative Act of 1855 in the then territory of Kansas. The state now has 105 counties.

An historical note: the first-ever celebration of Kansas Day occurred in 1877 and was organized with schoolchildren in the classroom of LeGrande Alexander Copley at Paola.

More than a century later, the Kansas Legislature adopted House and Senate concurrent resolutions on Jan. 19, 1984, making Kansas Day an official annual statewide observance on Jan. 29.

The rest is history.

BOCC January update
January 29, 2021

Here are highlights of the Board of County Commissioners’ actions and activities in Jan 2021. More information including official minutes, votes and videos on all items is available at boccmeetings.jocogov.org. The board took the following actions:

  • (Sitting as the Board of Public Health) Extended Johnson County Board of Health Order No. 002-20, which currently expires on January 31, 2021, through March 31, 2021.
  • Authorized BOCC meetings to be held virtually through the end of February and that in preparation for returning to in person meetings, the Sheriff and county staff shall prepare a safety plan outlining security measures for the safety of staff, commissioners and public, as well as ensuring access for public comments.
  • Accepted the recommendations from the virtual public comments subcommittee for the Jan. 21 BOCC meeting. This vote included a reminder that comments should be directed at the Board as a whole and not towards individual commissioners. 
  • Affirmed the Chairman’s appointment of Commissioner Janeé Hanzlick as vice chair of the BOCC. 
  • Authorized approval of an Interlocal Agreement between the Board of County Commissioners of Johnson County, Kansas, and the Unified School District No. 233, Olathe Public Schools, for the joint utilization of a compressed natural gas (“CNG”) refueling station located at the Johnson County Public Works Facility, 1800 West 56 Highway, Olathe KS. 
  • Held a public hearing and approved the County Manager’s recommendation to change the administrative organization of the County by reorganizing the Records and Tax Administration Department and the Treasury and Financial Management Department.

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