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

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New positions to support Mental Health Services
September 13, 2018

Today the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners unanimously authorized three new full time positions, and transitioned two part time positions to full time, for the Johnson County Mental Health Center. Funds for these new positions will come from state contract funding and revenue generated from fees, as opposed to taxpayer dollars. Below is a summary of the new positions and the reasons they are needed.

Two Full Time Equivalents (FTEs) for Open Access Clinician positions.

Mental Health utilizes an open access model of service, where clients can walk in seeking services without an appointment.  The department operates two open access clinics in Olathe and Shawnee. The number of walk-in clients increased more than 10 percent from 2016 to 2017. Staff estimates the number will increase another 4 percent this year.

One Full time Equivalent for a Dispatcher position.

The dispatcher will assist the Mental Health Center transportation program, which allows to clients earn income by providing rides to other Mental Health clients to work, school or medical appointments. In 2017 the program expanded to provide transportation to and from work for Johnson County Developmental Supports clients. The program has steadily grown to more than 25 vehicles and more than 50 drivers, requiring additional staff.

Expanded a current part time Vocational Case Manager to full-time.

Vocational Rehabilitation Services assist clients in finding competitive employment so they can be more self-supportive and live in the community. One of the most effective treatments for mental illness is assisting clients in finding employment. Mental Health maintains an adult employment rate of about 40 percent…double the rest of the state of Kansas.

Expanded a current part time Mental Health Clinician to full-time.

This position works with Assisted Outpatient Treatment, which delivers outpatient treatment under court order to adults with severe mental illness, assisting individuals who have experienced repeated hospitalizations or arrests. These individuals are most at risk for the negative consequences associated with not receiving treatment.  AOT laws have been shown to reduce hospitalization, arrest and incarceration, homelessness and violent acts associated with mental illness.

Taking Action to Prevent Suicide in Our LGBTQ+ Community
September 14, 2018

September is National Suicide Prevention Month and National Suicide Prevention Week is Sept. 9 -15, 2018. Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the U.S. and each year nearly 45,000 Americans die by suicide. In an effort to build awareness and educate, the Johnson County Suicide Prevention Coalition is hosting a training event on Friday, Sept. 14 that is free and open to the community.

The topic is “Taking Action to Prevent Suicide in Our LGBTQ+ Community.” Participants will leave with an improved understanding of the challenges of LGBTQ+ people in the community, especially with regard to suicide, clear action steps they can take to be a powerful ally in preventing suicide, and an introduction to the neuroscience of unconscious bias and how it impacts one’s ability to make a difference.

The program will be presented by Jay Pryor, a speaker, executive coach and facilitator of corporate trainings and workshops around the world. They are a transgender and gender non-conforming advocate and educator for inclusivity and gender consciousness. They also serve as the co-host of Doing the Work with Jay and Becca, a weekly podcast devoted to awakening people to their own power to transform their lives. Jay is the author of the acclaimed book, Lean Inside: 7 Steps to Personal Power: A Practical Guide to Transformation for Women. Jay lives with their wife Jessica and their two children in Lawrence, Kansas.

The program will be held from 8 to 11:30 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 14 at the Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center – 8788 Metcalf Ave. in Overland Park.

To RSVP, please contact Joe Kordalski at RKordalski@usd232.org or 913-667-6250

The Johnson County Suicide Prevention Coalition saves and supports life, with our community partners, through awareness, education and outreach. The coalition meets monthly on the fourth Thursday of the month from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the Johnson County Mental Health Center – 1125 W. Spruce St. in Olathe. To learn more about the coalition, visit jocogov.org/spc or call 913-715-7880.

Johnson County dedicates Fallen Officers Memorial
September 11, 2018

On the 17th anniversary of the terrorist attack on the nation, Johnson County dedicated a Fallen Officers Memorial on Tuesday, Sept. 11, in front of the Sheriff’s Operations Building at the Fred Allenbrand Criminal Justice Complex at the New Century AirCenter.

Featured speakers at the ceremony were U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder, Sheriff Calvin Hayden and Life Scout Luke Gwartney, who designed and completed the memorial as an Eagle Scout project.

The Fallen Officers Memorial honors three officers from the Sheriff’s Office who were killed in the line of duty, including Master Deputy Brandon Collins, who died on Sept. 11, 2016, when his parked patrol car was hit by a vehicle driven by an intoxicated driver. Members of his family were special guests at the dedication.

The memorial also honors Sgt. Willard Carver who was shot and killed on June 23, 1952, while attempting to arrest two men for an auto theft along with Detective Gerald Foote. He was killed on April 3, 1971, in a two-car crash on I-35 near 119th Street while he was involved in a homicide investigation with an officer from the Olathe Police Department.

The dedication completes a project that has spanned more than a year in the making. Gwartney designed the layout of the memorial himself and through fundraising and donations, was able to raise slightly more than $8,000 in private donations for the project without the use of any public funding.



Extension offers Medicare enrollment classes
September 7, 2018

Medicare open enrollment begins Oct. 15 and runs through Dec. 7. Whether you’re new to the program or an existing participant, Johnson County K-State Research and Extension is offering a series of FREE classes to help guide you through the maze of Medicare.

The Medicare Basics class walks you through the essentials of Medicare. It covers the basics of Parts A, B, C (Medicare Advantage), D and Medicare supplements (Medigap).

Topics include:

  • benefits and costs
  • the enrollment process
  • enrollment periods
  • various options for coverage

The Medicare Basics class takes place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, or Tuesday, Nov. 6 at the Johnson County Extension Office, 11811 S. Sunset Drive, Olathe.

If you want to enroll yourself in your own Medicare Drug plan, but you’re just not sure how to navigate through the website, consider the DIY Medicare Part D class from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9 at the extension office. This class will provide step-by-step instructions on using the Medicare Plan Finder to select a Medicare prescription drug plan that works best for you.

Registration is required for both classes. Register online or call 913-715-7000 to register by phone.

Feed the Need collects almost 145 tons in food donations
September 6, 2018

Johnson County’s 2018 Feed the Need campaign is providing almost 145 tons in food donations and cash to benefit seven local food pantries.

Results of the Feed the Need campaign were announced Thursday, Sept. 6, to the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) by Ellen Wernicke, director of the county’s Department of Emergency Management and Communications and chair of the 2018 campaign. The announcement coincides with September being Hunger Action Month, locally and nationally.

The 2018 campaign collected 289,765 pounds of food, both in actual food donations and cash totaling $71,620. A dollar donation represents four pounds of food. Each of the food pantries benefitting from Feed the Need received $7,162 for use in providing food supplies to eligible Johnson County residents.

Three of the food panties are in multi-service centers at Mission, Lenexa and Gardner operated by the Department of Human Services. The Feed the Need campaign also assists food pantries operated by Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas, Shawnee Community Services, First Christian Church of Olathe and Salvation Army.

More information is available at http://jocogov.org/press-release/johnson-county-government-collects-nearly-145-tons-food-area-food-pantries.

Human Services posts '12 most wanted foods'
September 5, 2018

This week, the Johnson County Human Services Department (HSD) launched a 12 Most Wanted Food Drive to inspire community members to help their neighbors through hosting their own food drives. On the first day of the campaign, one resident dropped off 300 pounds of food for the food pantries.

There are one dozen most desirable foods that provide the fundamentals for family meals:

  1. Helper meals
  2. Oatmeal
  3. Cereal
  4. Peanut butter
  5. Jelly
  6. Canned fruit
  7. Canned vegetables
  8. Beans
  9. Soup
  10. Pasta sauce
  11. Canned pasta
  12. Canned chicken/tuna

Residents are encouraged to host their own food drive to help collect these types of food items. Students can earn service hours by hosting a food drive; every 50 items earns five service hours. HSD provides tips for a successful food drive on its Facebook page. Donations can be dropped off at the Olathe office, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. No appointment is needed.

Johnson County Human Services
11811 S Sunset Drive Suite 1300
Olathe, Kansas 66061