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Johnson County Department of Health and Environment
Vision: The Innovative Leader for Community Health and Environmental Protection.
Mission: To Protect the Health and Environment, Prevent Disease and Promote Wellness for All who Live, Work and Play in Johnson County through Exceptional Public Service.

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Mission health clinic closed Dec. 24-30, 2019
December 20, 2019

The Mission health clinic is closed Dec. 24-30, 2019. If you need walk-in services over the holidays, please visit our Olathe health clinic (11875 S. Sunset Drive). The Olathe clinic will close at 2 p.m. on Dec. 24, 2019. Both health clinics will close at 3 p.m. on Dec. 31, 2019. All Johnson County government offices are closed Dec. 25, 2019 and Jan. 1, 2020. 

Notice Concerning Proposed Phase II Acid Rain Permit
November 22, 2019

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) is proposing to issue a five-year permit to the West Gardner Generating Station, 18827 South Dillie Road, Edgerton, Kanas 66021 pursuant to Title IV (Acid Deposition Control) of the Federal Clean Air Act.

The proposed permit, accompanied with supporting information, is available, free of charge, at the KDHE BOA Public Notice website: http://www.kdheks.gov/bar/publicnotice.html.

In order to be considered in formulating a final permit decision, written comments must be received no later than noon on Monday, December 23, 2019. Click this link to read the public notice: https://jocogov.org/dept/health-and-environment/environment/air-quality/public-notices

 

New check-in procedure for health clinics starts October 21
October 17, 2019

Starting on Monday, Oct. 21, clients who come to the Olathe or Mission health clinics for walk-in services will check-in electronically using the iPads stationed in the lobby or with a staff member at the customer service window. This new procedure allows us to better estimate wait times for walk-in services. Remote check-ins will no longer be available via the QLess smartphone app or our website.   

Tuberculosis skin tests resume at health clinics
October 11, 2019

Tuberculosis (TB) skin testing has resumed at JCDHE’s Olathe and Mission health clinics on a walk-in basis. The nationwide shortage of tuberculin skin testing supplies is over. Our clinics also offer TB blood tests (IGRA). More information about TB testing is located here

Child care providers can pick up background check packets
December 18, 2019

Child Care Licensing staff will distribute background check packets to licensed child care providers who are eligible for license renewal at the Child Care Licensing office located in the Sunset Drive Office Building (11811 S. Sunset Drive, Suite 2700, Olathe) during regular business hours (Monday-Friday, 8-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-5 p.m.) or by calling 913-477-8339 to schedule a pick-up on weekdays before 8 a.m. Packets are also available 30 minutes prior to the start of all evening child care licensing classes.

Kansas law requires a comprehensive background check for each individual residing, working or regularly volunteering in a licensed child care home, daycare center or school-age program. Please visit the Kansas Department of Health and Environment's website for answers to frequently asked questions and deadlines to submit paperwork and fingerprints.

Child care providers can get fingerprinting done at several Johnson County locations. Providers must have their OCA number BEFORE fingerprinting can be done. This is required for both home providers and facilities.

The Johnson County Sheriff's Office, 588 E. Santa Fe St., Olathe, Kansas offers fingerprinting service Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (except holidays). Appointments are available for fingerprints and highly recommended. Appointments require 24-hours advance notice. Walk-ins will be accepted if there is availability, but there may be significant wait times. Schedule an appointment here

Bring the following items with you when you get fingerprinted:

  • Fingerprint card (with top part completed)
  • Square return mail envelope with $1 postage attached
  • Waiver consent form
  • Payment page (completed for credit card payment) or check/money order 
  • A government-issued ID (Driver’s license/State ID/Passport)  

Leave the envelope and all contents with the police officer. The law enforcement agency taking the fingerprints is responsible for mailing the envelope. If you are paying for more than one person, attach a list of names that your payment covers.

Recycle Your Paint and Other Household Chemicals
August 26, 2019

Have you ever wondered what to do with old paint, household cleaners, or weed killer? For Johnson County residents there are two options for getting rid of these items, and many more. Both Johnson County government and the City of Olathe operate household hazardous waste (HHW) collection facilities that collect and safely dispose of a wide range of household chemicals, and is free for Johnson County residents to use. Accepted items include paint, stain, weed killer, cleaners, used oil, aerosols, and much more. 

The Johnson County HHW facility is located in northeast Johnson County and is by appointment only. In addition to drop-offs, Johnson County also gives out usable items in their Free Store. Usable latex paint is also available for purchase in white, beige, gray, and brown for $10-25 per 5 gallon bucket depending on the color. Schedule a drop-off today!

The City of Olathe HHW facility is open to any Johnson County resident. They also accept electronics for recycling from Olathe residents only, and will not accept business waste.

If you have questions on either one of these programs please contact Brandon Hearn at brandon.hearn@jocogov.org or 913-715-6936

Olathe walk-in clinic closing at 4 p.m. on July 3, 2019
July 2, 2019

The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment's Olathe walk-in clinic (11875 S. Sunset Drive) will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on July 3, 2019. Late clinic hours will resume on July 10, 2019. The Mission clinic (6000 Lamar Ave.) is closed on Wednesdays.

TB skin testing unavailable due to nationwide shortage of tuberculin
June 17, 2019

Due to a nationwide shortage of tuberculin used for tuberculosis skin testing (TST), routine tuberculosis (TB) testing will NOT be available at the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment (JCDHE). However, the TB blood test is an option offered at JCDHE.

JCDHE is adopting the following recommendations from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

  • TST will NOT be administered to people who have no risk factors for TB or to people with a documented previous history or a positive TST or TB disease.
  • The highest priority for tuberculin use is for evaluating people with suspected active TB, TB contact investigations, evaluating newly arrived refugees and immigrants and people at risk of progressing to active TB.

During the shortage, we will use this screening form for persons required to have a TB screening for employment, educational institution admission, long-term residential care admission or any other required reason.

The duration of the shortage is unknown. JCDHE will update the status of routine TST as more information is available.

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