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Human Services

Central Office: 913-715-8800

11811 S. Sunset Drive, Suite 1300, Olathe, Kansas 66061

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Johnson County’s Human Services department manages programs and activities that support the independence, dignity and self-sufficiency of Johnson County residents. These services and opportunities primarily target older adults, people with disabilities, low-income families, and other residents who require assistance.

Department News

Tab Changes for The Store, Accessibility, Catch-a-Ride, and Housing Search
August 11, 2017

Welcome site visitors!  Here is some news about a few tab changes on the left sidebar of this page.   If you are looking for what was "The Store", it is now under the tab "Donate Here".  Accessibility and Catch-a-Ride are part of our Outreach programs, and those tabs are now under Outreach.  There is also a new tab for "Housing Search" under Housing.  "Housing Search" provides additional options for housing beyond the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program, since Section 8 is in great demand and has a waiting list.  If you follow the link, you can read more about housing in the area and see options for seniors age 55+ and 62+, for people of all ages, and individuals with developmental disabilities.  To discuss these options and other listings in our Aging and Accessibility Directory online https://www.jocogov.org/dept/human-services/publications-and-directories/aging-and-accessibility-directory feel free to call Information and Assistance at 913-715-8861.

Johnson County OneAssist
June 14, 2017

Are you aware of the services provided by Johnson County health and human service agencies and departments? How convenient would it be to call one number and speak to an individual who can direct you to the various services you might need?

Johnson County Government launched OneAssist, a single telephone number for callers seeking assistance from county health and human service agencies and departments. One call to 913-715-8989 now connects residents to resources and services from the departments of health and environment, human services, mental health and the county’s developmental supports agency.

OneAssist means callers needing help from one or more of our health and human service agencies can connect with an individual who will get them to the correct resources they might need,” said assistant county manager Maury Thompson, who oversees human services departments. “This is the result of more than 18 months of research and conversations with clients and community partners designed to improve the delivery of health and human services.”

County residents needing services should call 913-715-8989 during regular business hours (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday). The calls will be assessed based on the needs of the resident calling and directed to the appropriate agency or department.

“In the past, our residents may have called one agency or department seeking help, not realizing they might need assistance from other programs in the county,” Thompson said. “By centralizing our calls, we can address this and provide much better access to our various services.”

There are many different services these agencies and departments offer to county residents. Some of the most common requested services include:

  • Department of Health and Environment — family planning, prenatal, STD/HIV testing, outreach nurse, immunizations, Women, Infants and Children (WIC), child care licensing and education, and targeted case management for pregnant and parenting teens;
  • Human Services — aging services, utility assistance, food pantry and housing;
  • Johnson County Developmental Supports — determines eligibility for those seeking intellectual and developmental disability (I/DD) services, maintains the county’s network of I/DD service providers, provides quality assurance of network and conducts annual assessments for individuals in services;
  • Mental Health — case management, medication management and therapy.

The creation of Johnson County OneAssist addresses the county commission’s strategic priority to “promote the self-sufficiency of persons who are part of the county’s vulnerable populations, including those struggling with issues related to poverty.”

Johnson County Meals on Wheels Needs Your Help
June 7, 2017

Are you interested in being a volunteer delivering meals on wheels?

- Volunteers deliver meals to homebound seniors once a week, once a month, or when available.
- Meals are delivered 10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m., Monday - Friday
- Meals can be delivered by:
• Individuals
• Civic & other groups
• Faith community teams
• Employee teams
- Routes are available in your neighborhood
- Children are welcome to accompany parent or grandparent on the route.

If you are interested or want additional information, please call Brandy 913-715-8859, e-mail Brandy.Hodge@jocogov.org or see our web page about Volunteer Opportunities

 

Johnson County Catch-a-Ride Needs Your Help!
June 7, 2017

Are you interested in driving county residents to critical appointments?  We hope so, because Catch-a-Ride needs you! And Catch-a-Ride has a special need for drivers in rural areas such as Gardner, Spring Hill, and De Soto.

Catch-a-Ride is a completely volunteer-based program in which elders, people with a disability, and people in a major life transition are given rides to medical appointments, grocery stores/food pantries, and social service agencies. Clients are people who cannot drive themselves and do not have a network of people who can drive for them.

Volunteers can drive “anytime, anywhere” or only at certain intervals or in certain areas of the county. We are very respectful of driver needs and schedules.

If you are interested or want additional information, please call Brandy 913-715-8859, or e-mail Brandy.Hodge@jocogov.org.

Nominations Sought for Annual Leadership in Aging Award
May 2, 2017

The Johnson County Commission on Aging (COA) is seeking candidates for its annual Leadership in Aging Award, which honors individuals, groups, or organizations making outstanding contributions to the quality of life of older adults and their families in Johnson County.  The award is presented to recognize the dedication and vision that is demonstrated by the award winner.  The COA will present the Leadership in Aging Award in the fall. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the award.

To request a nomination form, call the Area Agency on Aging (AAA) at 913-715-8860 or print the form here and send it in.  See past Leadership in Aging Award winners

Nominations must be submitted by close of business day on Friday, August 4.  Mail to Patricia Burton, c/o Area Agency on Aging, 11811 S. Sunset Drive, Suite 1300, Olathe, KS 66061, or email to HSA-AAAWeb@jocogov.org.

The COA advises the AAA, advocating for senior adults in the county. Its members are appointed by the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners.