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Public health is one of the most important services we provide the residents of Johnson County Government. Every day, in many ways, we strive to prevent disease and promote wellness. Our Olathe and Mission walk-in clinics offer services including immunizations, pregnancy testing and family planning, and Tuberculosis testing. The Johnson County Mental Health Center provides a wide range of mental health and substance abuse services to residents. We serve clients of the Kansas WIC (Women, Infants and Children) program, teach classes for child care providers, manage disease investigation and reporting, and so much more.

Health News

Child care providers can pick up background check packets

Child Care Licensing staff will distribute background check packets to licensed child care providers who are eligible for license renewal at the Child Care Licensing office located in the Sunset Drive Office Building (11811 S. Sunset Drive, Suite 2700, Olathe) during regular business hours (Monday-Friday, 8-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-5 p.m.) or by calling 913-477-8339 to schedule a pick-up on weekdays before 8 a.m. 

Child Care Licensing staff will also distribute background check packets in the main lobby of the Sunset Drive Office Building (11811 S. Sunset Drive, Olathe) on the dates listed below.

  • Wednesday, August 21, 2019: 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 24, 2019: 8:45 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Kansas law requires a comprehensive background check for each individual residing, working or regularly volunteering in a licensed child care home, daycare center or school-age program. Please visit the Kansas Department of Health and Environment's website for answers to frequently asked questions and deadlines to submit paperwork and fingerprints.

Child care providers can get fingerprinting done at several Johnson County locations. Providers must have their OCA number BEFORE fingerprinting can be done. This is required for both home providers and facilities.

The Johnson County Sheriff's Office, 588 E. Santa Fe St., Olathe, Kansas offers fingerprinting service Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (except holidays). Appointments are available for fingerprints and highly recommended. Appointments require 24-hours advance notice. Walk-ins will be accepted if there is availability and may experience significant wait times. Schedule an appointment here

Bring the following items with you when you get fingerprinted:

  • Fingerprint card (with top part completed)
  • Square return mail envelope with $1 postage attached
  • Waiver consent form
  • Payment page (completed for credit card payment) or check/money order 
  • A government-issued ID (Driver’s license/State ID/Passport)  

Leave the envelope and all contents with the police officer. The law enforcement agency taking the fingerprints is responsible for mailing the envelope. If you are paying for more than one person, attach a list of names that your payment covers.

Olathe walk-in clinic closing at 4 p.m. on July 3, 2019

The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment's Olathe walk-in clinic (11875 S. Sunset Drive) will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on July 3, 2019. Late clinic hours will resume on July 10, 2019. The Mission clinic (6000 Lamar Ave.) is closed on Wednesdays.

Walk-in clinics temporarily experience longer than normal wait times

Pardon our progress! As we transition over to a new electronic medical records system, clients may experience longer than normal wait times at our walk-in clinics or may need to be seen another day.

If you are coming to the clinic for immunizations, please bring your immunization records with you. This information will help us provide you the vaccines you need.

We apologize for this temporary inconvenience while we work hard to better serve you.

New Olathe health clinic hours start June 10th; Mission re-opens June 25th

The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment’s (JCDHE) health clinic in Olathe will offer new walk-in service hours for clients starting June 10, 2019. The Mission health clinic will re-open on June 25, 2019.

Walk-in services (immunizations, STD testing and treatment, pregnancy tests, physicals, tuberculosis tests) will be available at the following times:

Olathe Clinic (11875 S. Sunset Drive) — Monday and Tuesday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Immunizations and Prenatal Appointments Only); and Friday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Mission Clinic (6000 Lamar Ave.) STARTING June 25th — Tuesday and Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The new schedule allows for more walk-in services at both locations and allows more appointment times for clients who receive prenatal services from JCDHE. “By adding additional hours to our clinic schedule, we are able to provide clients with a wider variety of services in a central location and increase the number of people we serve which will lead to a healthier community,” says Deputy Director Mary Beverly.

Celebrating all nurses!

Today is National Nurses Day, which kicks off National Nurses Week. We wanted to take the time to say “thank you” to our community’s nurses for the important work you do.

We have several departments and agencies whose nursing staff helps protect the health and safety of clients we serve, or the greater community. Nurse Assistants, Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs), Registered Nurses (RNs) and Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNS) are all included in our workforce and provide direct care where needed. Here are some of the examples of nursing services we offer to Johnson County residents:

  • Registered Nurses are available for in-home, office or community site visits with new mothers and infants who live in Johnson County. 
  • Nurse-Family Partnership is a FREE nurse-led home visitation program that pairs first-time mothers with a nurse home visitor. The mother-to-be and her nurse meet regularly through her pregnancy, the birth of her newborn, until the child turns two. 
  • Skilled Registered Nurses are available to visit with senior adults one-on-one in their home and provide physical and social assessments as well as education and counseling on senior needs. 
  • Nurses help provide care for people of all ages at our Department of Health clinics in Olathe and Mission. They also hold Blood Pressure Clinics at various locations throughout the county.
  • A team of nurses at Johnson County Developmental Supports offers clinical services and supports necessary for the individuals they serve with intellectual and developmental disabilities to maintain health.
  • Through the Area Agency on Aging, registered nurses provide weekly medication management as part of in-home services for seniors.
  • Johnson County Mental Health nurses serve the public as part of a medical staff that provides quality psychiatric services, as well as a walk in nursing clinic in both the Olathe and Shawnee offices.

Happy National Nurses Day and Week and thank you for all you do to keep our community healthy!

JoCo Commission Increases Co-Responders by Two

The Johnson County Commission has agreed to increase — by two — the number of mental health co-responders who work with police departments to handle emergency calls involving someone with a mental illness.

Prairie Village, Leawood and Mission Hills will share one new full-time position, and the other person will be assigned to Lenexa.

Read more at: https://www.kansascity.com/news/local/community/joco-913/article225944105.html#storylink=cpy

 

Celebrating Positive Behavior Supports milestones and graduations

Our Positive Behavior Supports program is creating positive outcomes and participants celebrated important milestones on Friday.

Johnson County is collaborating on PBS with the Kansas Institute of Positive Behavior Support. PBS uses a strengths-based, person-centered approach for improving an individual’s quality of life. It’s a framework staff at the Department of Corrections, the Mental Health Center and Johnson County Developmental Supports are using to create a positive environment for social learning with a team-based planning approach.

The Johnson County Department of Corrections Juvenile Detention Center was the first to pilot both the universal and intensive implementations of PBS. The success of this early adopter led to the county-wide initiative. Corrections, Mental Health and JCDS are working together and piloting PBS in different ways, all at different stages in the process. However, this data-driven program that tracks teachable moments and positive reinforcement is already achieving results.

  • Johnson County Mental Health is piloting PBS with clients in the Crisis Recovery Center, Adolescent Center for Treatment and Adult Detox Unit. Teachable moments and positive reinforcement are being documented and behaviors are improving in this recovery-oriented model.
  • Johnson County Developmental Supports is piloting PBS in its residential and day programs, as well as at a community worksite. Staff cited one example of a client with dementia who has shown huge improvements in behavior due to PBS.
  • Behavior, motivation and clinical progress are improving due to PBS in the Department of Corrections Therapeutic Community. Employees are “catching” clients exhibiting good behavior and rewarding them.

These departments came together with the Kansas Institute of Positive Behavior Support on Friday to share accomplishments and also celebrate the graduation of 10 employees who have completed their Intensive PBS Certification.

BOCC approves two new Mental Health Co-Responders

The Mental Health Center will provide a second co-responder to Lenexa and a dedicated co-responder to service Prairie Village, Leawood and Mission Hills.

The co-responder position is embedded within the police department and operates directly from that location. This program allows Johnson County Mental Health to provide immediate assistance to individuals in need during emergency calls, provides an alternative to the officer taking the person to the county jail or to the emergency room, as well as following up on calls that happen when they are not in service in effort to connect those citizens with needed resources.

More information is in this news release.

Grant accepted for prevention and management of chronic disease

Thanks to $850,000 in new grant funding, Johnson County residents will benefit from an increased emphasis on cardiovascular disease prevention and management. Today, the Board of County Commissioners voted to accept grant funding from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment in the amount of $170,000 annually for a period of five years.

KDHE receives funding from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for its work to better link the public health system with healthcare providers via electronic records systems. These connections help systems collaborate to more efficiently diagnose and treat total blood cholesterol, hypertension and prediabetes resulting in improved clinical outcomes.

“Preventing and controlling these conditions is important because they cause heart attacks, narrowing of the arteries and strokes, which are three of the top five leading causes of death in Johnson County,” said Lougene Marsh, director of the Department of Health and Environment.

The funding accepted by the BOCC today will allow for more targeted prevention and intervention processes and for increased partnerships and linkages to address and prevent chronic disease.

Johnson County 'grows the conversation' about suicide

"As Johnson County comes to terms with a recent wave of youth suicides, a local coalition is redoubling efforts in prevention, intervention and awareness."

Read more at: https://shawneemissionpost.com/2018/11/19/johnson-county-grows-the-conversation-about-suicide-75252 

 

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