County Government

Douglas County to celebrate reduction of people with mental illness booked into jail

Douglas County has reduced the number of people with serious mental illness booked into the local jail by 56% since October 2015, according to a news release from the county. Now it’s helping other counties in the state make similar strides, local criminal justice leaders told the Douglas ...

Douglas County Courthouse’s limestone exterior could see renovation

The stonework of the historic Douglas County Courthouse could see some renovations in the next couple of years. The Douglas County Commission attended a preliminary work session on the next five-year capital improvement plan on Wednesday. Much of the plan is still up in the air, and several ...

Douglas County Commission approves respite housing project, braces for pushback

The Douglas County Commission has approved an agreement with a Kansas City, Mo.-based nonprofit that will provide respite housing and support for men with mental illness and substance use disorders. However, commissioners are already bracing for pushback from possible neighbors of the home, ...

Douglas County Commission to vote on respite housing proposal

The Douglas County Commission on Wednesday will vote on a project that aims to provide respite housing and support for residents with mental illness and substance use disorders. Commissioners will consider entering into a memorandum of understanding with a Kansas City, Mo.-based nonprofit, ...

Post-Columbine, attitudes toward officer trauma shift

LITTLETON, Colo. — The first SWAT team members to see the horror in the Columbine High School library had to step around bodies and ignore a wounded student’s plea for help as they searched for shooters they didn’t know had already died by their own hands. As member Grant Whitus put it, ...

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, ...