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.
Extension provides assistance during Medicare open enrollment
November 7, 2018
Fall Medicare open enrollment is here and Johnson County K-State Research and Extension is offering personalized assistance to Johnson County residents through plan comparisons. This service is available throughout the enrollment period, which runs through Dec. 7, 2018.
Each year, the cost you pay for your Prescription Drug plan (Part D) can change. Johnson County K-State Research and Extension is hosting a Medicare Part D Walk-in Help Day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018, at the Sunset Drive Office Building, 11811 S. Sunset Drive, in Olathe. There is no charge for this free service. No appointment is needed to stop in. First come/first served. The building opens at 8 a.m. You can download in advance a Medicare Prescription Drug Worksheet at the extension website.
During this event, a Senior Health Insurance Counseling for Kansas (SHICK) volunteer will review your current plan and compare it to others to see if you can save money. They will help you consider the following changes before you decide what to do:
Are all your medications covered with your current plan for 2019?
Will you see any increase in your cost-shares at the pharmacy?
Can you use any pharmacy you want?
Do you have any restrictions on your medications, such as quantity limits, step therapy or prior authorization?
It is recommended that most people enroll in Medicare when they turn 65, even if they have health insurance from an employer. There are only certain times of the year when people can enroll. People should sign up three months before their 65th birthday, whether they want to begin receiving benefits or not. If you are new to Medicare or require additional assistance, you can get free counseling during the open enrollment period from extension agent Denise Dias. Call 913-715-7000 with questions or to make an appointment, or contact the Senior Health Insurance Counseling for Kansas (SHICK) Hotline at 1-800-860-5260.
Plans underway for new county medical examiner facility
November 5, 2018
Renderings and a fly-through animation are now available for the new county medical examiner facility. The project team presented those materials along with a project overview and schedule update, at a Committee of the Whole on Thursday, Nov. 1.
Johnson County has long studied the need for its own medical examiner facility to perform autopsies and death investigations. The Johnson County voters approved a ¼-cent sales tax in November 2016 to build a $21 million facility.
Just a reminder that it's a good idea to turn your clocks back one hour before going to bed on Saturday, Nov. 3 as Daylight Savings Time ends at 2 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 4.
Other household tasks you might do when changing your clocks are:
Clean your fridge coils.
Replace the batteries in your smoke/carbon monoxide detectors and test them.
Replace your refrigerator water filter.
Clean the oven.
Flip your mattress.
County, local business partners offer life-changing experiences
November 16, 2018
Today, Johnson County’s Community Supported Employment Program (CSEP) hosted a breakfast reception to recognize and thank 30 local businesses that are integral to the success of the programs offered by Johnson County Developmental Supports, the Mental Health Center and the Department of Correction and has provided tremendous support to the job seekers in these programs in a variety of ways.
Some business partners have consistently participated in job fairs and special events sponsored through each of these departments. Others have provided internships and work experiences. Many have offered full or part-time employment oppostunities. All of the efforts afforded by these community business partners enables CSEP to connect the right person to the right job.
Olga Deckman, state employee with Court Services and former Project SEARCH intern, credited Project SEARCH and the CSEP program with literally changing her life.
"When I first came to Project SEARCH I didn’t have much confidence that I would ever find a job, based on previous experience with prospective employers," Deckman said.
Deckman said that once they became aware of her unique physical challenges, they were no longer interested in hiring her.
"Project SEARCH has the same goals I did, to become independent and to be able to drive! I have built a work family that has not only helped me plan a solid and consistent career path, but they have paved a pathway of hope toward a bright future," she said.
"Being limited to taking public transportation was such a barrier," she shared, "that I couldn't keep a job. The transportation offered by Johnson County was a key to my success. Now that I am employed I was able to buy my own car!"
CSEP was formed to help share ideas and resources between the three county departments that help individuals in the community to find and maintain employment. The business partners have been instrumental in efforts to assist those individuals who face challenges and barriers to employment and help them succeed in life.
Encore role models: The metro's “over 70”
November 2, 2018
As the saying goes, “if you can’t see it, you can’t be it.” Recognition programs and prizes are a time-tested way to change perceptions of aging and highlight the contributions of inspiring older adults from the Kansas City metro area.
Longstanding encore leader the Shepherd’s Center in Kansas City, Kansas celebrates purposeful aging with their new 70 Over 70 Awards, recognizing people age 70 to 97 who are making a difference.
Selected from more than 150 nominations, the 70 diverse honorees inspire others with their purposeful lives. Two of those honorees, Beryl and Milt Magle, both age 75, are dedicated to service at the Johnson County North Central Multi-Service Center food pantry. They can be counted on to show up for their shifts, even in the worst weather. Their service to Johnson County spans 11 years. More about their story is available online.
The honorees were celebrated at an award luncheon on Oct. 30 where keynote speakers Joan Ruff, AARP National Board chair, and Paul Tasner, a senior entrepreneur disrupting the paper industry, highlighted the immeasurable value of experience.
As the award announcement says: It’s about time. Time we acknowledge their contributions. Past. Present. Future. Time we acknowledge that perceptions of age don’t align with reality. Time we stand together as a city. And declare ageism over.
Watch for delivery of county magazines
October 31, 2018
The November-December 2018 issue of The Best Times, Johnson County's magazine for 60+, and the Fall 2018 issue of JoCo Magazine are expected to be delivered this week. Both are also available online.
The Best Times' cover story is titled Pride & pain: Father survives WWII and loses son in Vietnam War.
Other stories include:
Waiting for voters on Election Day.
Honoring veterans of the Vietnam War.
Staying alive with key vaccinations.
JoCo Magazine features a wide variety of stories, including:
Explore all sides of the 1920s at Johnson County Museum special exhibit.
Papercrete Works creates valuable experience.
Applying machine learning and innovation for social good.