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Johnson County EMS System receives Gold Plus recognition

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If you’re in need of emergency medical services in Johnson County, you can feel confident that you’re in great hands. This week, the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® EMS Recognition program awarded Johnson County’s EMS System with a Gold Plus Award, its highest honor.

His passion for art inspires hope in others

David Judd at work at his easel

David Judd, custodian for the Department of Corrections, demonstrates how working in public service often means going beyond the definition of your job description.

His artistic talent first came to light when he entered a painting in the ArtsKC show. His supervisor and co-workers took notice and consequently, he has moonlighted and created 11 murals for three correctional facilities.

In an environment where people are struggling, his artwork carries messages such as strength and the will to overcome adversity and has been said to inspire hope and belief.

Participate in #JoCoStaycation

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Want your picture featured in JoCo Magazine? Through June 29, post a picture of your "staycation in Johnson County" on social media with #JoCoStaycation. The best pics will be featured in the upcoming edition of the magazine! We'd love to see how you are enjoying all that Johnson County has to offer!

County staff speaks at Human Service Summit

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The intersection between health and housing took center stage yesterday, at the 2019 Human Service Summit, hosted by United Community Services (UCS) of Johnson County.

Elizabeth Holzschuh, an epidemiologist at Johnson County Department of Health and Environment, co-presented a session called “Health Starts at Home – a Look at Local Health and Hosing Data,” along with Julie Brewer, UCS executive director. Below are some key facts Holzschuh shared.

Johnson County staff complete tornado recovery assistance

Public Works crews clean up debris following a tornado in Leavenworth County

Several Johnson County departments played integral roles in advance notification of the EF-4 tornado that struck the Kansas City Metropolitan Area on Tuesday, May 28. 

Following the disaster, more Johnson County staff responded to requests for assistance from affected jurisdictions to begin recovery efforts.

The Public Works department sent a seven-person crew to Leavenworth County the day after the tornado. They helped clear fallen trees, open roadways and remove debris for several business days.

JoCo's The Best Times magazine wins numerous awards

The Best Times magazine and awards won

The Best Times Magazine received six writing awards Saturday, June 8, at the Kansas City Press Club’s 2019 Heart of America Awards Banquet.

The Heart of America Awards handed out annually by the KC Press Club, which is the local chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, recognize print (daily, non-daily and magazine) and broadcast (both TV and radio) journalists from across eastern Kansas and western Missouri.

Johnson County Mental Health Center earns maximum accreditation

Aspire to Excellence Seal from CARF accreditation

CARF International has issued a Three-Year Accreditation to Johnson County Mental Health Center (JCMHC) for several of its programs after an extensive evaluation process. JCMHC is one of only two Community Mental Health Centers in Kansas with this recognition. The accreditation recognizes that JCMHC is guided by internationally recognized service standards and best practices.

“We’re very excited about this accreditation,” said Tim DeWeese, JCMHC director. “This demonstrates that we’ve made a specific commitment to put the needs of our residents at the center of everything we do.”

JoCo program helps to protect against basement flooding

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Recent heavy rain events have left some Johnson County homeowners with the frustrating challenge of basement backups caused by the surcharging of sanitary sewers.

Johnson County Wastewater (JCW) wants to help residents better protect their homes from basement backups by making them aware of the Backup Prevention Program (BUPP) – available to homeowners within the JCW service area. The program is voluntary and provides one-time funding to eligible properties for the installation of a backup prevention device, or plumbing modifications, to reduce the risk of future backups.


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