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County Manager's Office

Phone: 913-715-0725

111 S. Cherry St., 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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Celebrating all nurses!
May 6, 2019

Today is National Nurses Day, which kicks off National Nurses Week. We wanted to take the time to say “thank you” to our community’s nurses for the important work you do.

We have several departments and agencies whose nursing staff helps protect the health and safety of clients we serve, or the greater community. Nurse Assistants, Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs), Registered Nurses (RNs) and Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNS) are all included in our workforce and provide direct care where needed. Here are some of the examples of nursing services we offer to Johnson County residents:

  • Registered Nurses are available for in-home, office or community site visits with new mothers and infants who live in Johnson County. 
  • Nurse-Family Partnership is a FREE nurse-led home visitation program that pairs first-time mothers with a nurse home visitor. The mother-to-be and her nurse meet regularly through her pregnancy, the birth of her newborn, until the child turns two. 
  • Skilled Registered Nurses are available to visit with senior adults one-on-one in their home and provide physical and social assessments as well as education and counseling on senior needs. 
  • Nurses help provide care for people of all ages at our Department of Health clinics in Olathe and Mission. They also hold Blood Pressure Clinics at various locations throughout the county.
  • A team of nurses at Johnson County Developmental Supports offers clinical services and supports necessary for the individuals they serve with intellectual and developmental disabilities to maintain health.
  • Through the Area Agency on Aging, registered nurses provide weekly medication management as part of in-home services for seniors.
  • Johnson County Mental Health nurses serve the public as part of a medical staff that provides quality psychiatric services, as well as a walk in nursing clinic in both the Olathe and Shawnee offices.

Happy National Nurses Day and Week and thank you for all you do to keep our community healthy!

97% of Johnson County residents give the county a positive rating as a place to live
May 2, 2019

In the annual Johnson County Community Survey, residents again gave high marks for the county’s quality of life, services and programs, and voiced their opinions on the services most important to them.

Results from the 2019 Community Survey were shared Thursday, May 2, with the Johnson County Board of Commissioners during a weekly study session. The survey, totaling six pages of 27 questions, was conducted in March and April by ETC Institute of Olathe.

“Johnson County continues to set the standard of service delivery compared to other large communities,” Chris Tatham, president and chief executive officer of ETC, said.

According to Tatham, overall satisfaction with county services rated 36% above the national average, public safety services rated 24% above the national average and value received for tax dollars rated 19% above the national average.

As in the previous surveys, residents were asked to rate the quality of life in Johnson County. The 2019 survey results were all virtually the same as the prior year, including 97% satisfied with Johnson County as a place to live (a decrease of only 1% from the 2018 survey), 95% satisfied with Johnson County as a place to raise children (96% in 2018) and 92% satisfied with an overall feeling of safety in the county (up from 91% in 2018).

Full results of the 2019 Community Survey satisfaction survey are available here and access to a press release is available here

 

Johnson County is Stepping Up to improve outcomes
May 2, 2019

During the month of May, we will be highlighting some of the programs and services available to Johnson County residents who have mental illness. This attention is part of a larger, nationwide campaign known as Stepping Up—an initiative to reduce the number of people with mental illness in jails.

Since the launch of Stepping Up in 2015, more than 475 counties in 43 states have passed a resolution or proclamation to join the initiative and commit to creating a data-driven, systems-level plan to reduce the prevalence of mental illness in their jails and improve outcomes for people with mental illness in their communities. Johnson County is part of this important initiative and last May, was named one of seven innovator counties in the United States.

“Johnson County is very much leading the way in the nation to address this prevalent problem in our community,” said Mental Health Center Director Tim DeWeese. “Far too often, those with mental illness are not receiving the help they need soon enough, which can lead to contact with law enforcement. But we are excited to share that we are tackling this challenge head on, by engaging our partners across the county and community to find solutions.”

One of programs that’s helping those with mental illness avoid incarceration is Johnson County’s Veterans Treatment Court. The goal of this program is to identify veterans in the criminal justice system, and, when eligible, get them into treatment and court supervision as an alternative to incarceration. Over the course of 12-18 months, participants make court appearances, undergo drug and alcohol testing, treatment, recovery support meetings and are paired with a veteran mentor. The conclusion of the program includes a graduation celebration. Check out a recent graduation event and hear from the graduates.

Learn more about the Veterans Treatment Court. Check out how veteran participants have benefited. Learn more about Stepping Up.

 

Annual event prepares public health leaders and others
May 1, 2019

Leaders in public health, emergency response, preparedness and health care from around the region gathered on Wednesday, May 1, at the Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center, in Overland Park, for the third Kansas Infectious Disease Symposium. More than 130 attended the one-day event and learned how infectious diseases are contained and managed in the state of Kansas and the region. 

Experts in infectious diseases, tuberculosis, sexually transmitted infections and influenza provided data and shared tips on how to plan for and manage outbreaks and disease investigations. Other presenters provided a perspective on opioid prevention and rabies control measures. Dr. Diane Peterson, Johnson County's chief medical examiner, was the lunchtime presenter and explained the role of forensic pathology in emerging infectious diseases. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment showed local health department staff how to integrate Essence surveillance data into their health department operations.

“Getting all of these local, state and federal partners in one room to share information and learn from one another will enhance our ability to prepare for and respond during a public health emergency,” said Lougene Marsh, director of the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment. “Whether it’s a foodborne illness investigation, a measles outbreak or bioterrorism, the people in this room are the ones who will help us protect the community’s health.”

The annual event was presented by the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

 

Be smarter than the scammers and cons
April 30, 2019

Be healthy, wealthy and wise

The AARP estimates older Americans lose $3 billion every year to exploitation and fraud. Education is the key to avoid becoming a victim. The Johnson County Sheriff's Office is offering an educational seminar on “Fraud and Scams Targeting the Elderly,” scheduled May 4 at Johnson County’s Central Resource Library, 9875 W. 87th St., Overland Park. The free event offers two sessions – 9 to 11 a.m. or noon to 2 p.m. – and features experts on scams, fraud and elder abuse. Each session will accommodate up to 150 attendees. RSVP is encouraged by calling 913-715-4545.

The National Council on Aging reports financial scams targeting seniors have become so prevalent it is now considered the “crime of the 21st century.” Scams and fraud come in many forms such as telemarketers, door-to-door sales and internet fraud and investment schemes. 

By understanding the potential scams that are out there, seniors don’t have to live in fear. According to the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, a few of the most common scams and fraud include:

Medicare/health insurance: Perpetrators pose as Medicare representatives to gain personal information or provide bogus services so Medicare can be billed and then they pocket the money.

Counterfeit prescription drugs: Seniors are increasingly looking for more affordable medications and using the internet to do so. This can not only affect personal wealth, but a person’s health as well.

Funeral and cemetery: Scammers will approach widows and widowers after a funeral, claiming the deceased had outstanding debts and will extort money.

Telemarketing/phone scams: These range from fake accidents of a family member to solicitation for fake charities.

Internet fraud: Automated internet scams will take on many forms. Supposed virus-scanning software, actual viruses and email phishing all fall under this category.

Grandparent scam: A scammer will call and say “Hi Grandma/Grandpa, do you know who this is?” When a grandparent speaks a name, the scammer has established a fake identity. They will then fake an emergency and ask for money and beg the “grandparent” to not tell their parents.

To report fraud or scams, call: The Johnson County Sheriff's Office at 913-782-0720 and the Kansas Attorney General's Office at 800-432-2310.

New pilot offers mental health services to infants and families
April 29, 2019

Division Director Janie Yannacito and Case Manager Rachael Perez are working hard to recruit families with infants for a new pilot program for the Johnson County Mental Health Center. The new program, Attachment & Biobehavioral Catch-Up or ABC, strengthens a parent’s relationship with his or her child, aged 6-24 months, while helping the child to learn to regulate behaviors and emotions.

“This program is our first truly preventative program for children,” said Tim DeWeese, director of Johnson County Mental Health Center. “We know that children who face early attachment challenges are at greater risk for behavioral, emotional and physiological problems as they age. This program helps us reduce that risk.”

ABC consists of an intake assessment and ten, weekly one-hour sessions in the home with the child and his or her parents. Certified ABC clinicians provide feedback to the parents as they learn to nurture their child and follow their child’s lead.

The program is open to any family who may be considered “at risk,” based on the parents’ history or early traumatic or challenging experiences for the infant. Any Johnson County resident can personally ask for the program and other service providers can also refer families for the program. Since the program is a pilot, it is offered free of charge.

“The feedback we give to parents would actually be helpful to any parent,” said Division Director Janie Yannacito, one of the two ABC certified clinicians. “Many of these parents are used to being told what they’re doing wrong. This program emphasizes what they’re doing right.”

The program was developed by Dr. Mary Dozier at the University of Delaware. Yannacito and Perez were certified in ABC in February after going through a rigorous screening and training process. Families or referring organizations interested in the program can contact Yannacito at 913-826-1540 or Perez at 913-826-1522.

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