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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

New check-in procedure for health clinics starts October 21

Starting on Monday, Oct. 21, clients who come to the Olathe or Mission health clinics for walk-in services will check-in electronically using the iPads stationed in the lobby or with a staff member at the customer service window. This new procedure allows us to better estimate wait times for walk-in services. Remote check-ins will no longer be available via the QLess smartphone app or our website.   

Tuberculosis skin tests resume at health clinics

Tuberculosis (TB) skin testing has resumed at JCDHE’s Olathe and Mission health clinics on a walk-in basis. The nationwide shortage of tuberculin skin testing supplies is over. Our clinics also offer TB blood tests (IGRA). More information about TB testing is located here

Aging Services Community Forum Gathers Ideas to Meet Senior Needs

The Johnson County Commission on Aging is sponsoring the 2019 Aging Services Community Forum on Monday October 21, 2019. at the Arts and Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf in Overland Park to identify areas of greatest need within the purview of the Johnson County Area Agency on Aging.   Invited attendees representing a broad range of knowledge and experience related to aging services will brainstorm and discuss ideas on how to increase and improve services to Johnson County’s rapidly growing senior population.

Attendees for the forum will include members of the Commission on Aging as well as interested individuals selected to best represent and articulate the needs of seniors in Johnson County.    Please see the Aging Forum Video* and Aging Forum Powerpoint Slides for more information about the growing senior population and the effort to brainstorm ideas  to address senior needs in the community. 

The AAA extends special thanks to the Commission on Aging, for their work and advocacy, including COA Forum committee members, Karen Weber, Pam Shernuk, Chuck Nigro, Paula Hurt and Kim Mann.  Thanks also to Gragg Advertising, Ashley Bain, Account Manager, and Gregory Gragg, CEO, for their expertise and willingness to partner with the COA, Area Agency on Aging and Johnson County Government. And thanks to AAA staff, forum facilitators, and many community members and professionals of Johnson County for their input, involvement, and contributions to our efforts to identify and meet the needs of our senior community.

*The final slide of the presentation illustrates how you eat a whale, one bite at a time...and how you tackle large issues and meet large needs...one step at a time.  Here is the accompanying poem:

Have you heard of tiny Melinda Mae, Who ate a monstrous whale? She thought she could, She said she would, So she started in right at the tail. And everyone said, "You're much too small," But that didn't bother Melinda at all. She took little bites and she chewed very slow, Just like a good girl should...

 

World Suicide Prevention Day

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.

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 date listed below:

  • Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 5-6 p.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, but there may be 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.

 

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