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Phone: 913-715-0725

111 S Cherry, Suite 3300, Olathe, KS 66061

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The County Manager's Office is responsible to the Board of County Commissioners and the residents of Johnson County for the effective and efficient delivery of programs and services, using sound management and financial principles while emphasizing high ethical values, innovation, and continuous improvement.

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Make every day special for your family
September 19, 2018

Family Day on Sept. 24 is more than a day on the calendar. Family Day celebrates simple, everyday things parents can do to connect with their kids. Since 2001, the grassroots effort has encouraged families to make time to connect at various times of the day. Whether driving your kids to practice, tucking them into bed, or enjoying a meal around the dinner table, the day offers everyone an opportunity to take a break and enjoy time as a family. Family Day is all about making every day special.

The simple, little things you do with your kids make a big difference. These activities create strong, healthy relationships that can prevent future drug use. On the fourth Monday of September, Family Day brings together communities across the country to celebrate the positive influence parents have on their kids. Here is a list of free or inexpensive fun activities for your family to enjoy.

Why is it so important to act early? If your kids aren’t used to talking to you about their day when they are 8 or 10, it’s harder to start at 12-14.

Research published in the journal New Directions for Child and Adolescent Behavior found that dining as a family can help improve literacy among children, as family conversations build their vocabularies and story comprehension. Another study from CASA Columbia found that teens who frequently participated in family dinners were less likely to experiment with alcohol and drugs. Still not convinced? Data collected by Rutgers, the state university of New Jersey, indicated that families who ate meals together were typically healthier than those that didn't. Kids were more likely to chow down on fruits and veggies, and they were less likely to exhibit signs of depression. 

Family Day is a national initiative created by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse to promote simple acts of parental engagement as key ways to help prevent risky substance use in children and teens.

Now, how will your family participate in Family Day? We’d love to see you post a selfie of your family enjoying the day to social media using #JoCoFamilyDay.

We hope you enjoy this video about Family Day.

 

Election workers needed for Nov. 6 general election
September 19, 2018

The Johnson County Election Office is seeking 1,000 new election workers to serve voters at Johnson County polls during the Nov. 6 General Election.

To be eligible to serve, residents must be registered to vote at their current address in Johnson County, complete election worker training and be available 5:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. the day of the election. The training sessions will be offered multiple times between Oct. 20 and Oct. 31, including evening and weekend options.

Workers are paid a stipend of $110 for Election Day, $25 for attending classroom training and $25 for hands-on training with the voting equipment.

Residents can get more information or apply to become an election worker on the Johnson County Election Office website.

 

Help celebrate park's Grand Opening
September 17, 2018

Bring the entire family and help celebrate the grand opening of Big Bull Creek Park, the Johnson County Park and Recreation District's newest park.

Big Bull Creek Park is located at 20425 Sunflower Road in Edgerton, Kansas.

The ribbon cutting will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018, at the Sunflower Road access point. Light refreshments will be provided and there will be giveaways while supplies last.

Following the ribbon cutting, the park police substation/park maintenance facility and the organized group camp area will be open.

Other highlights of the park include:

  • A nature play area.
  • A three-quarter-mile paved trail.
  • A prairie restoration area.
  • An 18-hole disc golf course.

Construction for Big Bull Creek Park began in the spring of 2017. The park totals 2,060 acres and will be the largest park in the JCPRD park system.

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.

 

 

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