County Government

Respite housing proposal would aim to fill service gap for Douglas County men

Douglas County commissioners on Wednesday will hear a proposal on respite housing that would aim to fill a gap in services for men with mental illness or substance use disorders. According to information provided in the commission’s agenda for its 4 p.m. work session, local behavioral ...

Douglas County Sheriff’s Office pursues program to aid first responders

First responders do and see a lot of things that most people don’t, and it impacts them, Paul Taylor told Douglas County commissioners at their Wednesday meeting. As a result, they need a different kind of help — and Taylor, first responder assistance coordinator for the Douglas County ...

Agreement would open online database of Douglas County community resources to public

Douglas County commissioners on Wednesday will consider an agreement with United Way of the Plains that would allow residents to access an online database with a range of community resources, including help for food, housing, clothing, health care and more. Currently, any resident can dial ...

Douglas County DA supports drug court, encourages more alternatives to incarceration

A key player in the Douglas County criminal justice system on Wednesday told county commissioners that he is “fully in support” of a drug court — “but I don't think that's the place where we ought to be stopping.” Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson said he wants to ...

Douglas County Peer Fellows Program gets green light from commissioners

In a quick motion on Wednesday, Douglas County commissioners approved a program that will place behavioral health peer specialists in the emergency department at LMH Health. The Douglas County Peer Fellows Program will train peer specialists and provide them with professional development, ...

Douglas County employees’ ‘rich’ health insurance plan presents budget concern

It might not be long before the bubble around Douglas County employees’ “extremely low deductible” health insurance plan bursts. As county commissioners begin to wade into their 2020 budget process, the insurance concern looms on a slightly less distant horizon than the decisions that ...

Douglas County staff wants to lease former Municipal Court building

Douglas County staff has been eyeing the now-vacant space that, until late February, housed Lawrence Municipal Court. On Wednesday, interim County Administrator Sarah Plinsky will seek the County Commission’s approval to negotiate a lease for the space at 1006 New Hampshire St. Plinsky ...

Portion of Queens Road to close for repairs

Queens Road, or East 1000 Road, will be closed to through traffic from its intersection with Wakarusa Drive to Route 438 (or Farmers Turnpike, North 1800 Road), starting Monday, March 25. The project will repair the concrete deck of the bridge carrying Queens Road over Baldwin Creek, about ...

Road repairs are straining Douglas County townships’ resources

Story updated at 9:13 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, 2019: An "unusually severe" winter — including this week's rain — has Douglas County's townships struggling to repair roads, and state law says there's not much the county can do to help. Townships aim to keep property taxes low by ...