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safeTALK training designed primarily for non-clinicians
April 1, 2019

Program is offered for the first time to prepare suicide-alert helpers

The “safe” in safeTALK stands for “suicide alertness for everyone.” The safeTALK program is a half-day alertness training that prepares anyone 15 or older, regardless of prior experience or training, to become a suicide-alert helper.

“Most people with thoughts of suicide don’t truly want to die, but are struggling with the pain in their lives,” said Tim DeWeese, director of Johnson County Mental Health. “Through their words and actions, they invite others to help them to stay alive.”

safeTALK-trained helpers are prepared to use TALK (tell, ask, listen and keep safe) to recognize these invitations, engage individuals who are struggling with painful suicidal thoughts, and take action by connecting them with life-saving intervention resources.

For the first-time, the Johnson County Mental Health Center is offering a session of safeTALK specifically designed for those without a clinical background. The session is on Tuesday, April 9 from 1-5 p.m. at the Johnson County Mental Health Center (Rm. 6), 1125 W. Spruce St., Olathe. This training is partnered with the Mental Health Center’s ASIST training, which goes more in-depth into the topic. An ASIST session will be offered in August. Information about ASIST is available at jocogov.org/asist.

The cost for safeTALK is $25. Community members interested in attending may contact Jenni Leaton at jenni.leaton@jocogov.org or 913-826-1585.

 

Education seminar for contractor and building inspectors
April 1, 2019

The Johnson County Contractor Licensing program and the Heart of America Chapter, ICC are presenting a Spring Education Seminar for an estimated 2,400 contractors and area building inspector personnel. The three-day seminar is being held through Wednesday, April 3 at the Overland Park Convention Center. There will be a second education opportunity in the fall, Sept. 30 - Oct. 4. The mission of  the Johnson County Contractor Licensing Program is to protect the public welfare by establishing and maintaining minimum standards for licensing contractors and by providing quality continuing education to enhance contractor knowledge of building code.

The participants also have the opportunity to donate canned goods for the Johnson County food pantries. The Johnson County Planning Department participates each year in the county’s fund-raiser, Feed the Need, collecting food and monetary donations. 

 

 

WIC Community Garden kicks off growing season
March 27, 2019

This week, the seventh season of planting and growing fresh vegetables at the WIC Community Garden got underway. The kickoff event was held on Wednesday, March 26, at the garden, 11875 S. Sunset Dr., Olathe. Women, Infants and Children (WIC) families, community members and staff volunteers turned and aerated dirt and planted potatoes, carrots and onions.

The mission of the WIC Community Garden is to educate, empower and feed clients in the WIC program to create a healthier community. Last year, the garden produced 4,846 pounds of fresh vegetables. All of the produce harvested from the garden is distributed to families enrolled in the WIC program.

“I want my daughter to see the garden and learn how to plant good things” said Tina, WIC participant and mother of a 2 year old.

The current federal stipend for fruits and vegetables to nursing and pregnant women enrolled in the WIC program is $11 per month; children receive $9 per month. The WIC community garden provides an additional opportunity for them to get fresh fruits and vegetables.

“It is great to see the WIC families coming out with their children to the WIC garden. It is my hope that by letting them play in the dirt, plant seeds and eventually harvest those plants, they will develop an interest in the foods that they eat,” said Laura Grimmett, WIC program manager.

WIC clients who volunteer in the garden are given first pick of the fresh fruits and vegetables.

Volunteers are welcome to participate in the WIC Community Garden from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., every Tuesday. Sign up by contacting the volunteer coordinator at gardencoordinator@jocogov.org or online.

 

Business Journal honors Monticello Library project
March 27, 2019

The Kansas City Business Journal showcased the Monticello Library project and the team behind it on Tuesday at the newspaper's 2019 Capstone Real Estate Awards reception.

The Business Journal honored the library as one of 25 real estate development projects that transformed the Kansas City area in 2018.

Judges selected the library for its community impact.

“We’re so thrilled that this new hub for the community has been recognized with this award,” said Sean Casserley, county librarian.

The facility was designed by The Clark Enersen Partners and built by McCownGordon Construction.

The reception was held on Tuesday, March 26, at the InterContinental Kansas City on the Plaza.

Monticello Library, 22435 W. 66th St., in Shawnee, Kansas, is the 14th branch in the Johnson County Library system. It's the first new library location in the county since 1994. The two-story, 30,500 square foot building features floor-to-ceiling glass along three sides designed to let in lots of natural light.

Design for the library benefitted from extensive public input and deep analysis of evolving needs for library services in the 21st century. Comments from residents have consistently centered around needs for meeting space, a robust children’s area and availability of diverse technology for public use.

The first-floor features a dramatic central stair, self-checkout stations, study rooms, a large community meeting room, new books and materials as well as a large area for children’s materials and programming. The second-floor hosts adult fiction and nonfiction areas, teen materials, public computers including Apple workstations, two collaborative study rooms and three additional study rooms. An ecologically sensitive green roof adjoins a terrace with ample seating.

Brad Reinhardt (director of Facilities), Danni Livingston (Facilities – director of planning, design, and construction), Matt Glawatz (The Clark Enersen Partners - project architect), Nichole Waring (McCownGordon Construction – project manager), Sean Casserley (Library - county librarian), Arlen Kleinsorge (McCownGordon Construction – project executive), Scott Sime (Library – project coordinator) and Rick Wise (The Clark Enersen Partners – senior principal)

L-R: Brad Reinhardt, (director of Facilities) Danni Livingston (Facilities – director of planning, design, and construction), Matt Glawatz (The Clark Enersen Partners - project architect), Nichole Waring (McCownGordon Construction – project manager), Sean Casserley (Library - county librarian), Arlen Kleinsorge (McCownGordon Construction – project executive), Scott Sime (Library – project coordinator) and Rick Wise (The Clark Enersen Partners – senior principal)

Chairman Eilert delivers 2019 State of the County address
April 12, 2019

At a new location in the Olathe Conference Center, Chairman Ed Eilert’s message during the March 26 State of the County address focused on all of the important work being done to Build Strong Communities.

More than 700 people attended the event, sponsored by the Johnson County Public Policy Council and hosted by the Leawood Chamber of Commerce. Chairman Eilert kicked off his comments with a pop quiz, where attendees tested their Johnson County trivia prowess with a live polling tool. He wove the correct answers to the questions throughout his remarks.

More information is in this news release or you can watch his presentation or read his full remarks here. You can view and download photos from the event in this Flickr album.

We also have links to the videos shown during the remarks:

 

New criminal justice coordinator begins March 25
March 25, 2019

Today, Deputy County Manager Maury Thompson introduced Allison (Allie) Dickinson, the criminal justice coordinator for Johnson County Government, as she has assumed her duties this morning, March 25.

As criminal justice coordinator, Dickinson will manage the county’s data-driven criminal justice efforts and major projects to address the root causes of criminal behavior, helping to create a better community. She previously worked at the Fourth Judicial District Community Corrections, comprised of four counties (Anderson, Coffey, Franklin and Osage). The main office is located in Ottawa. 

“We are pleased to welcome Allie to our Johnson County Government team,” Thompson said. “Given her vast experience, spanning 11 years, we’re confident she has the knowledge, skills and abilities to advance our innovative approaches to criminal justice.”

Her depth of experience in risk reduction in the community setting includes financial management, strategic leadership and key stakeholder engagement. She has also been recognized for her skills in collaboration, negotiation, relationship building and public safety.

Dickinson earned her Bachelor of Science in sociology from Kansas State University in 2007. The emphasis of her coursework was in Criminology. In 2006, she also attended a special program at the Universidad Veritas in San José, Costa Rica, where she studied Spanish and performed archaeological work with National Museum of Costa Rica.

 “I am honored and excited to join Johnson County Government. The county’s collaboration efforts focus on utilizing contemporary research and data to reduce community risk as well as promote public safety. I look forward to assisting with those efforts and initiatives,” Dickinson said.

“Criminal justice reform continues to be a priority for county leadership. We look forward to working with Allie to build on our past successes,” Thompson said.

In addition to her work experience, Dickinson has been an active member of Kansas Community Corrections Association, Law Enforcement, Public Safety and Security Advisory Board, Communities in Schools youth mentor and Franklin County Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence & Human Trafficking Response Team.

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