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

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JoCo Veterans Treatment Court celebrates two graduates
September 12, 2019

On Wednesday, Sept. 11, two men graduated the Johnson County Veterans Treatment Court program, after successfully completing comprehensive mental health and/or substance abuse treatment, a series of court appearances, drug and alcohol testing, recovery support meetings and working closely with mentors who are also veterans.

One of the two graduates, Dwayne Gipson, former U.S. Marine, says the program and his mentor were instrumental in restoring his well-being.

“They make sure we are taken care of,” Gipson said. “I told my wife and other people, I accomplished more in the last 18 months than I probably did in the last 18 years. This program was definitely what I needed to get my act together, so it worked for me. I can’t speak for anyone else, but I really appreciate what they’re doing for veterans.”

The mission of the Veterans Treatment Court is to identify veterans in the criminal justice system and, when eligible, get them into treatment and court supervision as an alternative to incarceration. Veterans voluntarily participate in the 12 to 18-month program.

During Wednesday’s graduation ceremony, it was noted that there are approximately 400 Veterans Treatment Court programs across the country.

The other graduate of the program noted during his presentation at the event, “Fortunately, not all veterans need this program, but those that do, thank you for this program.”

Gipson encourages other veterans who are struggling to get help by reaching out to their local Veterans Administration or other services, such as Johnson County Mental Health, that provide support. Mental health emergency services are available by calling 913-268-0156, or the Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255 (or text to 838255). 

 

World Suicide Prevention Day
September 10, 2019

Sept. 10 marks World Suicide Prevention Day. On Aug. 29, the Board of County Commissioners proclaimed Sept. 10 as Suicide Prevention Day in Johnson County. There are many resources available to those who need them. Please visit the Johnson County Mental Health resources page  or the National Alliance on Mental Illness. For immediate help, you can call the Johnson County Mental Health 24-hour Crisis Line — 913-268-0156 — a line answered by local mental health professionals who assess immediate needs.

Johnson County Mental Health has coasters and magnets available on suicide prevention. The details are on Facebook.com/JoCoMNH.

The #ZeroReasonsWhy campaign is just one of the may community efforts that has partnered with Johnson County Mental Health on suicide prevention. The group just celebrated the ribbon cutting for its space at Oak Park Mall. More information is available in this KCTV news story.

Finally, we ask that you remember two messages.

You are not alone.

Help is available.

Johnson County observes National Day of Service with volunteer opportunities
September 11, 2019

Wednesday, Sept. 11, is the 2019 National Day of Service and Remembrance, a federally-recognized day of unity and charitable service.

The 18th annual observance is asking American citizens and residents, locally and nationally, to volunteer in their communities, donate to charities or perform other good deeds in tribute to the individuals lost and injured in the 9/11/2001 terrorist attacks, first responders and the many who have risen in service to defend freedom since then.

Johnson County relies on volunteers in many ways to provide services and help residents with a wide range of opportunities. Volunteers for Human Services deliver Meals on Wheels to homebound residents and provide transportation to residents in need through Catch-a-Ride. Volunteers are always needed at Johnson County Library, Developmental Supports, Park & Recreation District, K-State Extension Office and other departments which provide public services, programs or activities.

In 2018, 14,624 volunteers provided almost 586,000 hours of community service throughout Johnson County.

Anyone who wishes to be a part of Johnson County Government’s volunteer programs should visit the “Residents” section of the county’s website at jocogov.org.

 

 

 

 

JoCo on the Go: Micro Transit
September 11, 2019

During our sixth JoCo on the Go podcast episode, we’re discussing a pilot project that is helping Johnson County residents get from point A to point B in a new convenient and affordable way. Micro Transit functions as part of the regional public transportation system known as Ride KC. This episode includes a conversation with Johnson County Government’s business liaison Josh Powers, who helped bring Micro Transit to the area. He talks about the success, thus far, of the pilot and where it’s going. You’ll also hear from Johnson County Board of County Commissioners Vice Chair Jim Allen, who serves on the Transportation Council, plus some microtransit users.  Learn how to get on board Micro Transit and any other Ride KC services.

JoCo on the Go is now available on Apple and Google Play. Just search for the podcast by name and subscribe. Learn more about this new podcast and get a complete transcript of each episode at jocogov.org/podcast.

Parking lot improvements coming
September 6, 2019

If you visit the Johnson County Sunset Drive Office Building located near 119th St. and Ridgeview Rd. in Olathe, you’ll notice construction work taking place in the parking lot over the next two months. This weekend, crews will kick off asphalt and concrete pavement improvements.

While the parking lot will remain open during the project, small sections of the parking lot will be temporarily closed for construction. Please watch for barricades and changes in traffic flow throughout the project, which is expected to be complete by the end of October (weather pending.)

Test your JoCo knowledge at Old Settlers
September 5, 2019

How much do you know about Johnson County? Come test your trivia skills with our Spin-to-Win wheel at Johnson County Old Settlers in downtown Olathe! We will have a booth at this event today, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. each day. In addition to learning about the county, you’ll find experts on the upcoming 2020 Census who can answer your questions about what to expect next year, why participation is so important and how you can become a census worker.

Our booth is located just to the north of the Johnson County Administration Building (111 S. Cherry St., Olathe). Other county entities represented at this event include the Johnson County Election Office, Johnson County Sheriff’s Office and Emergency Management and Communications department. For more information on this event, please visit the Old Settlers website.

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