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Human Services

Central Office: 913-715-8800

11811 S. Sunset Drive, Suite 1300, Olathe, Kansas 66061

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Johnson County’s Human Services department manages programs and activities that support the independence, dignity and self-sufficiency of Johnson County residents. These services and opportunities primarily target older adults, people with disabilities, low-income families, and other residents who require assistance.

Department News

Nominations sought for 2019 Leadership in Aging Award
April 5, 2019

The Johnson County Commission on Aging (COA) is seeking candidates for its annual Peg Deaton Leadership in Aging Award, which honors individuals, groups or organizations making outstanding contributions to the quality of life for older adults and their families through dedication and vision in Johnson County.  Appointed by the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners, the COA is an advisory body to the Area Agency on Aging (AAA) and advocates for senior adults in the county. The COA will present the Peg Deaton Leadership in Aging Award in the fall.

To request a nomination form, call the Area Agency on Aging, 913-715-8860 or follow this link to open and print a nomination form.

Nominations must be submitted by August 2nd to: Katy Hoffman, c/o Area Agency on Aging, 11811 S. Sunset Drive, Suite 1300, Olathe, KS 66061 or via email to HSA-AAAWeb@jocogov.org.

Aging Advocates Travel to Topeka for Older Kansans Day
March 28, 2019

Seniors from Johnson County and other areas of the state went to Topeka March 27th to share concerns about access to services, health care, and transportation.  Staff and board members from Area Agencies on Aging joined the seniors to bring awareness and visibility to the problems both in rural and urban Kansas.

Seniors brought up the challenges of transportation for seniors who no longer drive in areas where these services are not available.   AAA advocacy groups, board members, and the Kansas Silver Haired Legislature all work together to make legislators aware of concerns pertaining to senior citizens.  Paula Hladky, a Silver Haired Legislator from Jefferson County expressed an interest in ongoing issues such as Medicaid expansion, as well as the expansion of initiatives like the Older Kansans Employment Programs, which assists those who are 55 and older in getting jobs. 

Rep. Susan Humphries, R-Wichita, and Vice Chair of the Children and Seniors House Committee, said there needs to be a bigger emphasis on coordination of care and services for seniors in Kansas.  Senior advocates emphasized that the rapid growth of the aging population in Kansas is creating a demand for more services.

“We believe in community-based services,” said Dan Goodman, director of the Johnson County Area Agency on Aging. “We believe in helping someone keep their independence and dignity, and choose where they want to age in place. Wherever possible we’d like to do that. And that’s statewide, not just Johnson County.”

Rep. Stephanie Clayton, D-Overland Park, spoke to seniors for Older Kansans Day also.  She commended the seniors for their advocacy efforts, and said she hopes to hear more about issues facing senior citizens in all parts of the state. “You are creating change in Kansas, and I am very grateful,” Clayton said.

Abridged and adapted from The Topeka Capital Journal article.  See pictures and more at https://www.cjonline.com/news/20190328/kansas-seniors-take-concerns-to-statehouse .

Johnson County Meals on Wheels Needs Your Help
March 5, 2019

  Are you interested in being a volunteer delivering meals on wheels?

- Volunteers deliver meals to homebound seniors once a week, once a month, or when available.
- Meals are delivered 10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m., Monday - Friday
- Meals can be delivered by:
• Individuals
• Civic & other groups
• Faith community teams
• Employee teams
- Routes are available in your neighborhood
- Children are welcome to accompany parent or grandparent on the route.

 If you are interested or want additional information, please call Brandy 913-715-8859, e-mail Brandy.Hodge@jocogov.org or see our web page about Volunteer Opportunities

 

Johnson County Catch-a-Ride Needs Your Help!
March 5, 2019

Are you interested in driving county residents to critical appointments?  We hope so, because Catch-a-Ride needs you! And Catch-a-Ride has a special need for drivers in rural areas such as Gardner, Spring Hill, and De Soto.

Catch-a-Ride is a completely volunteer-based program in which elders, people with a disability, and people in a major life transition are given rides to medical appointments, grocery stores/food pantries, and social service agencies. Clients are people who cannot drive themselves and do not have a network of people who can drive for them.

Volunteers can drive “anytime, anywhere” or only at certain intervals or in certain areas of the county. We are very respectful of driver needs and schedules.

 If you are interested or want additional information, please call Brandy 913-715-8859, or e-mail Brandy.Hodge@jocogov.org.

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