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Developmental Supports

Mark D. Elmore Center

10501 Lackman Road, Lenexa, KS 66219

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JCDS self advocates at Topeka statehouse for Push Day 2017

Johnson County Developmental Supports (JCDS) is the agency of Johnson County government that facilitates career and personal development for Johnson County residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The agency regularly serves more than 500 people each day through a broad array of community-based programs and supports.

Designated as Johnson County's Community Developmental Disabilities Organization (CDDO), JCDS also offers a single point of entry for those seeking DD services, determines eligibility for services, and coordinates a network of over 90 Johnson County providers.

Department News

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Spring/Summer issue of Speak Up!
June 22, 2018

Our Self-Advocate Group has put together the Spring/Summer issue of its newsletter, Speak Up! Please take a look at what this group has been up to.

Spring/Summer newsletter

2017 annual report
May 30, 2018

After a lot of collaborative work among many people, our 2017 annual report is complete!

/sites/default/files/documents/JCDS/JCDS%20Annual%20Report%202017%20finalred.pdf

New Self-Advocate Group newsetter
December 8, 2017

Dozens of JCDS day/employment services clients belong to the Self-Advocate Group. The group's mission is to educate, support and speak up for themselves and others with disabilities. They closely monitor and discuss issues happening close to home, in Topeka and in Washington D.C.

The group has created a newsletter called Speak Up! You can view the first issue at this link

KanCare 2.0
November 6, 2017

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has released some documents that pertain to the next version of KanCare, which is Kansas' privatized system of the Medicaid program. Below are links to the documents with an explanation of what they are.

Below is a link to the state's draft of a renewal application it will use to request the federal government approve the next KanCare waiver, also known as "KanCare 2.0". The current KanCare waiver expires at the end of 2018. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is the federal agency responsible for oversight of state Medicaid programs.

http://www.kancare.ks.gov/about-kancare/kancare-renewal

The state has also released the Request for Proposal that the Managed Care Organizations (insurance companies) will use to bid on the contract for KanCare 2.0, That's at the link below and is currently at the bottom of the page. 

https://admin.ks.gov/offices/procurement-and-contracts/bid-solicitations/

The public is invited to provide comments on this draft until November 26, 2017. There are several public meetings and conference calls and the details of those events are available here.

Here are links to a few media articles that give an analysis on the changes between the current and next version of KanCare.
KCUR
Wichita Eagle
Topeka Capital-Journal

Fulfilling a drive to drive
July 19, 2017

How did Drew, Ryan, Cory and Tyler reach their goal of getting their driver’s license? Angela Walsh-Fisher, a JCDS community employment specialist, recalls how the idea got off the ground.

“At one of our self-advocacy meetings, when we asked our group what they would like to advocate for in their own lives, a majority said they wanted to learn to drive,” said Walsh. “Before we left I promised them that I would make some calls to see what I could find out.”

Those calls led Walsh to Josh Smith, program director for Transportation at Johnson County Community College and Vanessa Fernandez, a JCCC Driver’s Education instructor. Fernandez was able to take the JCCC one-day, 8-hour course, and split it into four separate sessions. The result was a program that contained shorter class times with the curriculum delivered at a slower pace that includes testing accommodations. The amount of behind-the-wheel training is determined by Fernandez for each student.

Once Walsh and Fernandez finalized the class structure, they held an informational meeting in March 2017 to explain the program. More than 50 people attended the meeting and the two offered classes quickly filled up.

Fernandez is pleased with how the class has turned out and is glad she can help people get a driver’s license who may not have been able to before this program.

“I’m very happy with who I put on the road,” said Fernandez. “They deserve to drive and they do a good job.”

This course will be offered in September and information is available online on page 84 for the Fall 2017 Continuing Education Catalog.

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Upcoming Events

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Tue, 08/28/2018 - 5:30pm

Developmental Supports Governing Board

Tue, 09/25/2018 - 5:30pm

Developmental Supports Governing Board

Tue, 10/23/2018 - 5:30pm

Developmental Supports Governing Board

Tue, 11/27/2018 - 5:30pm

Developmental Supports Governing Board

Tue, 12/25/2018 - 5:30pm

Developmental Supports Governing Board