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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

Commission approves increased staffing for Johnson County Mental Health as demand for services continues to grow

An increase in state funding this year may mean increased services or shorter wait times for people who use the Johnson County Mental Health Centers.

The Johnson County Commission increased staffing of four positions Thursday in an effort to keep up with rising demand. The county will add two full-time-equivalent positions for open access clinicians and one full-time dispatcher. Two other positions – vocational case manager and mental health clinician, will go from full- to part-time.

The commission gave its okay to add $328,000 in spending for 2019 to fund those positions, plus a smaller amount for the end of the current budget year. The jobs will not add to the county tax bill because they are paid through an increase in state funding of $380,000 for 2018-19.

Read more at: https://shawneemissionpost.com/2018/09/17/commission-approves-increased-staffing-for-johnson-county-mental-health-as-demand-for-services-continues-to-grow-73863

New positions to support Mental Health Services

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.

Kansas superintendents work together to address teen suicide

“Johnson County Mental Health says the teen suicide rate in the county has nearly doubled in the first six months of 2018.

The Kansas City Star reports that Blue Valley, De Soto, Gardner Edgerton, Olathe, Shawnee Mission and Spring Hill school districts in Johnson County have announced plans to work together on the issue. The districts also plan to consult mental health providers, parents, religious leaders and local businesses.

Tim DeWeese is the executive director of Johnson County Mental Health. He says it's an unprecedented collaboration for the area, as school leaders and community groups have typically worked separately on mental health and suicide prevention programs.” See the video here: https://www.kmbc.com/article/kansas-superintendents-work-together-to-address-teen-suicide/22709921

Blue Valley schools, Children’s Mercy partner for bigger conversation on teen suicide

“Just last year in Johnson County, Kansas - 15 students died by suicide across the county's six school districts. On Tuesday, a community event in Overland Park took a hard look at the tough topic. "Zero Reasons Why" was the message at a community event "Fore the Kids" - that no one should end their life.” See the video here: https://www.kmbc.com/article/blue-valley-schools-children-s-mercy-partner-for-bigger-conversation-on-teen-suicide/22868685

Johnson County Poised to Expand Mental Health Services

Johnson County’s proposed $1.1 billion budget for 2019 includes a $3 million increase in spending on mental health services.

The money would fund six additional workers at the Johnson County Mental Health Center, including three new case managers who would work with both children and adults.

Read more at: http://www.kcur.org/post/johnson-county-poised-expand-mental-health-services#stream/0

 

New Child Care Licensing class registration system

A new and improved system for enrolling in child care licensing classes called Connect Johnson County is now available. Connect Johnson County replaces the former “Go Sign Me Up” website that child care providers have used to register for classes.

All child care providers will need to set up a new profile (username and password) in Connect Johnson County BEFORE they can enroll in classes. The new system also allows providers to pay for classes online through a secure website linked to Connect Johnson County. Once enrolled in a class, providers will receive an email confirming enrollment and another email after payment is received for the class.

At this time, providers are urged to use the Internet browser Google Chrome to access all the functions of Connect Johnson County. Providers currently enrolled in classes do not have to do anything as their enrollment information will automatically roll over to Connect Johnson County. However, if providers want to enroll in future classes, they will need to set up a new profile in Connect Johnson County.

Providers with questions about Connect Johnson County or child care licensing classes may contact Deborah Uribe at 913-477-8382, Monday-Friday from 1:30-5:30 p.m., or send an email to Deborah.Uribe@jocogov.org.

Spring/Summer issue of Speak Up!

Our Self-Advocate Group has put together the Spring/Summer issue of its newsletter, Speak Up! Please take a look at what this group has been up to.

Spring/Summer newsletter

150 Volunteers Needed for Community Health Assessment

Community Health Assessment Survey LogoEvery three years the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment joins with nonprofit hospitals and other community partners to conduct a Community Health Assessment (CHA).

The purpose is to identify factors that affect the health of our residents. We need at least 150 volunteers on Saturday, September 8, 2018 to go to preselected neighborhoods to survey citizens about their health and the health of the community.

Volunteers will start the day at 8 a.m. with training on the survey and then go in pairs to neighborhoods to conduct the surveys until 5 p.m. Each survey takes about 10 minutes.

This is a great way to help the community, enjoy a nice walk, get a t-shirt and meet new people! Volunteers will be eligible to win a gift card for their participation.

You must be 18 years or older to volunteer. Sign up: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CHAVolunteer2018

Questions? Call 913-477-8364 or barbara.mitchell@jocogov.org

Expert: Face-to-face connections helpful in suicide prevention

"If there's something off about the person, if you've noticed something different, but you have to have a connection with someone in order to notice that."

See the full video at: http://www.kmbc.com/article/expert-says-face-to-face-connections-helpful-in-suicide-prevention/21241608

2017 annual report

After a lot of collaborative work among many people, our 2017 annual report is complete!

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Mon, 09/24/2018 - 5:30pm

Mental Health Advisory Board

Tue, 09/25/2018 - 7:30am

Volunteer in the WIC Community Garden

Tue, 09/25/2018 - 5:30pm

Developmental Supports Governing Board

Wed, 09/26/2018 - 10:00am

Walk-in Health Clinic Hours

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