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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

Mental health program expands in Johnson County

When it comes to mental health calls police are often the first responders, but despite some training, officers don't specialize in those types of issues. 

That's why Johnson County is expanding a program that dispatched trained professionals with officers on mental health calls. 

The trained professionals are called co-responders. 

Read More at: KSHB NEWS

KanCare 2.0

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has released some documents that pertain to the next version of KanCare, which is Kansas' privatized system of the Medicaid program. Below are links to the documents with an explanation of what they are.

Below is a link to the state's draft of a renewal application it will use to request the federal government approve the next KanCare waiver, also known as "KanCare 2.0". The current KanCare waiver expires at the end of 2018. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is the federal agency responsible for oversight of state Medicaid programs.

http://www.kancare.ks.gov/about-kancare/kancare-renewal

The state has also released the Request for Proposal that the Managed Care Organizations (insurance companies) will use to bid on the contract for KanCare 2.0, That's at the link below and is currently at the bottom of the page. 

https://admin.ks.gov/offices/procurement-and-contracts/bid-solicitations/

The public is invited to provide comments on this draft until November 26, 2017. There are several public meetings and conference calls and the details of those events are available here.

Here are links to a few media articles that give an analysis on the changes between the current and next version of KanCare.
KCUR
Wichita Eagle
Topeka Capital-Journal

Veterans Treatment Court helps put troubled soldiers back on the right path

When Olathe resident Garrett Cleek returned from Afghanistan, he didn’t think twice about being hyper-vigilant, having terrible nightmares, or feeling the need to carry his firearm with him everywhere.

Post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries, which are common in veterans returning from combat zones, often lead to all kinds of strange — and sometimes dangerous — behaviors. Occasionally, it also lands these veterans in trouble with the law.

For example, Cleek, who was a combat medic in the U.S. Army, was arrested for assault, but he also could have faced drug charges were it not for the Veterans Treatment Court diversion program at the Johnson County District Courthouse.

 

Yellow Fever vaccine temporarily out of stock at immunization clinics

The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment is temporarily out of Yellow Fever vaccine and does not expect to receive a new supply from the manufacturer until mid-2018. More information about the vaccine shortage can be found here.

Travelers and health care providers can find locations with remaining doses of Yellow Fever vaccine and its alternative, Stamaril, by visiting the yellow fever vaccination clinic search page. 

For information about which countries require yellow fever vaccination for entry and which countries the CDC recommends yellow fever vaccination, visit the CDC Travelers’ Health website (www.cdc.gov/travel).

Through Awareness and Education, Suicide is Losing its Stigma

Fourteen years ago, Bonnie and Mickey Swade’s son Brett committed suicide at age 31. Back then there were no suicide support groups and because of the stigma attached people were reluctant to even bring it to the attention of professional mental health facilitators. Read More at: http://kcjc.com/index.php/current-news/latest-news/4488-through-awareness-and-education-suicide-is-losing-its-stigma?fontstyle=f-larger

 
Flu shots now available for the 2017-18 influenza season

Flu shots are now available for adults and children over the age of 6 months at our walk-in health clinics in Olathe (11875 S. Sunset Dr.) and Mission (6000 Lamar Ave.). The cost is $30 for a seasonal flu shot and $50 for the high dose flu shot for those age 65 and older. The nasal spray vaccine will not be offered during the 2017-18 flu season.

We accept private insurance from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City, Cigna, Coventry, UnitedHealthcare and Medicare Part B. We do not take insurance from Coventry Advantra or Humana Gold Plus. We are a KanCare provider for all managed care organizations such as Amerigroup, Sunflower and United Community. Cash, check or credit card payment is also accepted for those without insurance or who carry other insurance plans. Click here for immunization clinic hours and locations. If you have additional questions, call 913-826-1261.

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Take precautions to prevent mosquito bites and reduce risk of West Nile Virus

Mosquitoes infected with West Nile Virus (WNV) are showing up in surveillance reports across Kansas, including Johnson County. All four traps collected on Aug. 11 in Johnson County contained mosquitoes positive with the virus.

West Nile is a virus most commonly spread to people by mosquito bites. In North America, cases of WNV occur during mosquito season, which starts in the summer and continues through fall. There are no vaccines to prevent or medications to treat WNV. Fortunately, most people infected with WNV (8 out of 10) do not have symptoms. About 1 in 5 people who are infected develop a fever and other symptoms. About 1 out of 150 infected people develop a serious, sometimes fatal, illness. You can reduce your risk of WNV by using insect repellent and wearing protective clothing to prevent mosquito bites. More prevention tips: https://www.cdc.gov/westnile/prevention/index.html

Register for the free Aug. 25 Recovery Conference

Johnson County Mental Health Center is holding a FREE, full day recovery conference with keynote speakers, breakout sessions and a resource fair. The recovery conference is intended for people who struggle, or have struggled, with mental illness as well as people who care for individuals with mental illness. 

There will be two separate "tracks" of breakout sessions during the conference; one track is intended for care recipients (individuals in recovery/receiving mental health services) and the other track is intended for caregivers (family members/caregivers of care recipients). A light breakfast and a boxed lunch will be provided for each participant. 

Registration is now open at jocomnhrecovery2017.eventbrite.com. If you have questions or would like to register by phone, please call 913-715-7880. Registration ends at noon on Aug. 24.

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

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.

Tips to stay safe, manage debris after a flood

The past week’s heavy rain and floods have wreaked havoc on many Johnson County homes and businesses. The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment (JCDHE) offers the following tips to prevent injury and illness during cleanup and how to manage and remove the debris and trash left behind.

  • Wear rubber boots, rubber gloves, and goggles during cleanup of an affected area.
  • Get a tetanus shot (Td or Tdap) if you haven’t had one in the last 10 years or can’t remember the last time you got one. You can get one at most doctors’ offices, pharmacies, urgent care clinics and at the Department of Health and Environment’s two walk-in clinics in Olathe (11875 S. Sunset Drive) and Mission (6000 Lamar Ave.).
  • Flood waters can displace animals, insects and reptiles. Be alert and avoid contact.
  • Wash clothing and all hard surfaces with hot water and detergent. Discard items that cannot be washed and disinfected (such as, mattresses, carpeting and carpet padding, rugs, upholstered furniture, cosmetics, pillows, baby toys, stuffed animals, foam-rubber items, books, wall coverings and most paper products).
  • Excessive moisture and standing water can contribute to the growth of mold. Be sure to properly dry out ceilings, walls and floors.
  • Cover open wounds with a waterproof bandage to avoid infection. Keep open wounds as clean as possible by washing with soap and water. Seek immediate medical attention if a wound develops redness, swelling or drainage.

James Joerke, JCDHE deputy director, advises residents and business owners to contact their local city or trash company to find out how much trash and debris can be placed at the curb and if any large item collections are being planned.

“Always ask about fees for these type of additional pick-ups,” says Joerke. “If you have a large quantity of trash, you may need to rent a dumpster and pay to have it hauled to a landfill.”  

Items that are not accepted at the curb, such as paint, cleaners, household chemicals and fluorescent light bulbs, may be brought to the Johnson County Household Hazardous Waste site for disposal. Make an appointment to drop off for these items, as well as non-working appliances and electronics: https://jocogov.org/dept/health-and-environment/environment/hazardous-materials/accepted-items

Safety after a Flood: https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/floods/after.html

Mold after a Disaster: https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/mold and https://www.epa.gov/mold/floods-and-mold-growth

 

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