Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

Jay Senter - February 6, 2018 6:32 am
Rep. Stephanie Clayton (right) is helping lead the creation of a caucus of legislators to focus on issues affecting Millennials.

Clayton to announce creation of legislative group focused on Millennial issues. Overland Park Rep. Stephanie Clayton, a Republican, and Wichita Rep. Brandon Whipple, a Democrat, today will announce the formation of a new group of legislators that will focus on issues affecting Kansans under the age of 45. At a media event this morning, Clayton and Whipple will appear with Steven Olikara, Founder and President of the Millennial Action Project, to kick off the Kansas Future Caucus. Kansas will be the 21st state to have legislators form a bi-partisan caucus focused on the issues affecting Millennials under the national Millennial Action Project.

Johnson County Mental Health Center offers presentation in Prairie Village on mental wellness. Johnson County Mental Health Center Director Tim DeWeese will give a presentation at Nall Avenue Church of the Nazarene, 6301 Nall Avenue, Prairie Village, tonight on the services the center offers to the community, including crisis counseling, recovery and mental wellness services. The event is free and open to the public. It begins at 7 p.m.

Bollier frustrated by lack of explanation for inconsistency in mental health service for foster care kids. Sen. Barbara Bollier expressed frustration last week with the inconsistency with which kids in the state’s foster care system receive mental health treatment. Among the three private companies that provide services through KanCare, Kansas’s Medicaid program, there’s a gap of more than 40 days in length of stays at residential psychiatric treatment programs. Kids whose care was managed by the company Sunflower stayed in residential programs just 60.9 days on average. Kids with care managed by Amerigroup had an average stay of 103.1 days. Bollier said during a meeting of the Child Welfare System Task Force on Friday that state administrators should have flagged the disparity much earlier after the launch of KanCare in 2013. “I don’t understand why it’s six years in and you’re caught like a deer in the headlights,” Bollier said. [Psych Bed Shortage Could Be Driving Kansas Foster Care Problems — Kansas News Service]

Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

Lancers win 15th straight Sunflower League boys swim and dive title. SM East’s dominance in the Sunflower League boys swim and dive championship continues.

Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

Shawnee Mission Northwest organization collecting donations for families of deceased students. Shawnee Mission Northwest administrators this week communicated to members of the school community

Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

Bollier says she’s hoping for more collaboration between legislature, governor’s office with Colyer sworn in. Leawood plastic surgeon and Sam Brownback’s gubernatorial running mate

Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

Tom Niermann calls on Yoder to return campaign contributions from GOP rep who retired after sexual harassment allegations. Prairie Village Democrat Tom Niermann has

Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

Gov. Brownback calls for day of prayer and fasting on his last day in office. Sam Brownback issued his final proclamation as Kansas governor

Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

Former Leawood state Sen. Jeff Colyer stepping into governor’s office as Brownback is finally confirmed to ambassadorship. The protracted limbo inside the highest ranks of

Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

SM North cuts ribbon on new Brickhouse Coffee Shop. SM North students have a new option for a pick-me-up on campus. The school’s DECA

Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

BlueJacket-Flint student headed to state level of free-throw competition. BlueJacket-Flint Elementary student Iliana Garcia will be headed to suburban Wichita the first week of

Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

Local officials participate in Topeka Women’s March. A number of elected officials from the Shawnee Mission area were among the hundreds of women who

Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

Sporting KC’s Swope Park Rangers club team will play 2018 games at Shawnee Mission South District Stadium. Area soccer fans won’t have to travel