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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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The Best Times profiles low-income adults living in subsidized housing
August 29, 2019

The September-October issue of The Best Times magazine is on its way in the mail with a cover story featuring low-income adults making their ends meet at a subsidized apartment facility as Johnson County makes plans for a future housing study and a housing taskforce.

Other articles include:

  • The first federal Census in Johnson County in 1860 included questions asking if any of the 4,364 residents were “blind, deafmute, insane, idiotic, a pauper or a convict.” The Census also wanted to know the number of slaves in the territory of Kansas.
  • The upcoming 2019 Johnson County Veterans Day event on Nov. 11 in Olathe plans to honor women veterans/women in the military, past and present, as special guests along with all local veterans from all wars.
  • The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment gears up for the upcoming flu season by offering public vaccinations along with serving medically homebound residents.
  • An exhibit on “Latinos in the Heartland” opens after Labor Day at the Johnson County Museum in the Arts & Heritage Center, Overland Park.
  • The Live Well Age Well Expo is set in mid-October at the Marriott Overland Park.
  • More and more older adults are using social media to stay connected, educated and informed in their lives.
  • And, the Johnson County Genealogy Society and Johnson County Library help residents put together their family puzzles.

Download the magazine here.

 

Mental health resource offered to Johnson County schools
August 28, 2019

Johnson County Mental Health Center (JCMHC) now offers a new program which brings critical mental health education to schools across Johnson County. Starting in the 2019-20 academic year, JCMHC is providing the digital resource, Mental Wellness Basics to all public and private schools in Johnson County - at no cost to schools.

The new course, Mental Wellness Basics, introduces students to the experiences of others to develop awareness and empathy, reduce stigma and provide facts on the prevalence and symptoms of mental health conditions. The course was developed by EVERFI Inc.

“While there is broad recognition that mental health is a critical issue for youth, educators and counselors need diverse strategies to empower as many students as possible with the skills to support themselves and their peers,” said Tim DeWeese, director of Johnson County Mental Health Center. “We are excited to partner with EVERFI in the development and implementation of programming to expand critical health literacy for thousands of Johnson County students.”

In addition to providing Mental Wellness Basics, JCMHC will now serve as the fiscal agent for the existing high school education program focused on alcohol abuse prevention, AlcoholEdu. These interactive digital resources, developed by EVERFI Inc., bring alcohol abuse prevention and mental wellness education to students in eight through 12th grade.

Learn more about Mental Wellness Basics

AAA receives national Aging Achievement Award
August 30, 2019

The Johnson County Area Agency on Aging (AAA) has received a 2019 Aging Achievement Award by the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a). The awards program is supported by WellCare Health Plans.

AAA was among the several aging programs to receive honors at organization’s recent annual conference and tradeshow in New Orleans.

The 2019 n4a Aging Innovations and Achievement Awards recognizes AAA and Title VI Native American aging programs throughout the nation that develop and implement cutting-edge approaches to support older adults, people with disabilities and their family caregivers. The awards recognized traditional and new strategies in a wide range of categories. Among the selection criteria was the ease with which other agencies could replicate the program in their communities. 

For several years, Johnson County AAA has provided in-home mental health counseling for persons 60 years of age or older. In-home counseling for older adults provides mental wellness support for those who have additional health issues and lack consistent transportation. However, the need for the service has always outweighed federal funding through the Older Americans Act.

“Our innovative approach in service delivery, to directly employ and provide this service, has reduced our cost in delivering this service by $116 per session. This has allowed the Area Agency on Aging to serve four times as many people with this service,” said Dan Goodman, director of the Johnson County AAA.

The Johnson County Area Agency on Aging is one of 11 AAAs in Kansas. In keeping with the federal Older Americans Act, the AAA is responsible for planning and implementing services for persons 60 years of age and older and for their caregivers.

 

JoCo on the Go: Gearing up for the 2020 Census
September 9, 2019

During our fourth JoCo on the Go podcast episode, we’re discussing the upcoming 2020 Census. This episode includes a conversation with Deputy Regional Director of the 2020 Census, Dennis Johnson who discusses why the Census is done and how to ensure you’re working with a real Census worker. Providing Johnson County-specific details are Karen Wulfkuhle and Chris Schneweis who lead the committee that is tasked with coordinating county efforts, in partnership with the region, to encourage participation in the Census. They discuss why Census participation is key to ensuring adequate federal funding makes its way to programs and services that impact you. They also provide important information about the ways you can be counted. Look for more information about Johnson County’s Count Me in JoCo educational and outreach campaign at www.countmeinjoco.org.

JoCo on the Go is now available on Apple and Google Play. Just search for the podcast by name and subscribe. Learn more about this new podcast and get a complete transcript of each episode at jocogov.org/podcast.

Johnson County Wastewater receives national recognition
August 22, 2019

NACWA's (National Association of Clean Water Agencies) annual Peak Performance Awards recognize wastewater treatment programs who have outstanding compliance rates. Recently, at NACWA’s annual conference, it was announced that all six of Johnson County’s wastewater treatment facilities were among those recognized for outstanding performance in 2018.

Blue River Main Wastewater Treatment Facility: Platinum 13 (13 years of 100% compliance)

Mill Creek Regional Wastewater Treatment Facility: Platinum 12 (12 years of 100% compliance)

New Century AirCenter Wastewater Treatment Facility: Platinum 7 (7 years of 100% compliance)

Douglas L. Smith Middle Basin Wastewater Treatment Facility: Platinum 5 (5 years of 100% compliance)

Myron K. Nelson Wastewater Treatment Facility: Silver (5 or less violations)

Tomahawk Creek Wastewater Treatment Facility: Silver (5 or less violations)

In 2018, Johnson County Wastewater had a 99.98 percent compliance rate regarding National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) limits. Of a possible 3,567 violations, the department recorded only six violations for the entire year. 

“We are extremely proud of the outstanding work by the men and women of wastewater and this outstanding performance record,” said County Manager Penny Postoak Ferguson.

Rabies is fatal, but preventable
August 22, 2019

Recently, there have been reports of rabid bats in the metro area. The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment (JCDHE) works in conjunction with local animal control officers (ACOs) and community service officers (CSOs) in Johnson County to limit the potential for human rabies exposures. The cooperation of many departments and agencies is necessary to provide this critical component of public health. For detailed information regarding rabies exposures and animal bites, visit the Health Division online.

Another health concern which has been in the local news is the adoption of dogs that have been rescued from Egypt, or dogs that originated in Egypt and imported from third-party countries, if the dogs have lived in those countries for less than six months. UPDATE on Aug. 22: Today, all dogs (27) in question are healthy and released from quarantine. Some of them have been in quarantine since March.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also hosts a wealth of information about rabies on their website.

An informative video about rabies exposures and bats.

 

 

 

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