The Children’s Coordinating Council was formed in 1995 to improve the availability and delivery of health and human services for Johnson County children and youth through collaborative planning and information sharing. The Council, which meets six times a year, fosters the development of a comprehensive, interconnected service network in order to achieve better outcomes for Johnson County’s most vulnerable children and their families. The Council serves as the inter-agency community coordinating council to implement the state’s mental health “Family Centered System of Care” within Johnson County. The Council also serves in an advisory capacity to Court Services’ supervised exchange program.
Council members include representatives of public child-serving institutions and private child-serving organizations with a public mission, and parent representatives. For example, all public school districts are represented, as well as Johnson County Department of Corrections, 10th Judicial Court Services, Kansas Department for Children and Families, and applicable contractors, CASA, Head Start, Johnson County Mental Health Center, Sunflower House, the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment, and Johnson County Developmental Supports.