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Posted Wednesday, September 23, 2020 - 4:32pm

Douglas County announced today its continued commitment to reduce the number of people in the Douglas County Correctional Facility who have mental illnesses by participating in the newest initiative from Stepping Up, Set, Measure, Achieve - a nationwide call to action to reduce the prevalence of mental illness in local justice systems.

The multi-year effort will focus on creating measurable reductions to the Douglas County Corrections Facility population with serious mental illnesses (SMI) and achieving:

Posted Monday, September 14, 2020 - 12:53pm

Starting September 21, Route 7 (East 1125 Road) will be closed to all traffic just north of North 1876 Road, for a culvert repair project. The project is located at Lakeview Lake, just north of Lawrence. The project includes superstructure and deck replacement with pre-cast concrete box beams. Douglas County Public Works anticipates construction will be completed in November. No signed detour will be provided.  

Posted Friday, September 11, 2020 - 10:51am

Douglas County is one of 13 communities in the country to receive the first Community Compost and Food Waste Reduction Grant from the USDA Office of Urban Agriculture and has been awarded nearly $90,000 to work on food resource recovery.

Posted Thursday, September 10, 2020 - 3:29pm

Douglas County Commissioners endorsed the proposed governance structure and bylaws of Behavioral Health Partners, Inc. during their Sept. 9 meeting. Behavioral Health Partners, Inc., a nonprofit partnership between LMH Health and Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center, will provide leadership, clinical oversight and operational management of the crisis recovery center on the Treatment and Recovery Campus of Douglas County.

Posted Thursday, September 10, 2020 - 1:36pm

District Court Judge Mark Simpson and Data Analyst Matt Cravens provided a presentation about arrests for failure to appear in court during the Sept. 8 meeting of the Douglas County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council. They talked about how these arrests impact the Douglas County Correctional Facility.

Simpson began the presentation by explaining the different types of bonds and how bail is set for municipal and district courts.  He also reviewed how the state statutes direct the courts to apply bonds.

Posted Wednesday, September 9, 2020 - 8:30pm

The State of Kansas has approved Douglas County’s plan for distributing $24.9 million in Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funds to the community. The plan includes funding for 153 programs ranging from coronavirus testing and personal protective equipment to small business grants and Lawrence Community Shelter improvements.

Posted Friday, September 4, 2020 - 11:23am

Douglas County Government’s offices will be closed Monday, Sept. 7, for Labor Day.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s OfficeEmergency Dispatch Center and Criminal Justice Services will be operating. If you have an emergency, please call 911. If you have a non-emergency, call 785-843–0250.

Posted Thursday, August 20, 2020 - 3:22pm

Douglas County buildings are open to the public. The public should wear a face covering when inside buildings and maintain six feet of distance between employees and others in the building. Departments and elected officials may have additional screening tools for clients and visitors, depending on the services provided.

Posted Tuesday, August 18, 2020 - 5:06pm

Douglas County learned Monday (August 17) that one employee who works in the Treasurer’s Office has tested positive for COVID-19.

The Treasurer’s Office has been conducting its services mostly by phone, email or mail. In-person meetings have been by appointment only in the County Courthouse, 1100 Massachusetts Street. Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health has determined this to be a “low-risk exposure” for employees and the public. Douglas County will continue to work with the health department and follow its recommendations.

Posted Tuesday, August 18, 2020 - 4:21pm

The Board of Douglas County Commissioners approved a plan to distribute $24.9 million in funding from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act during a special meeting on August 14.

The funding needed to meet eligibility requirements developed by the U.S. Treasury and the State of Kansas. There were two categories for the funding:

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