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Developmental Supports

Chad VonAhnen
Executive Director

Johnson County Developmental Supports (JCDS) is an agency of Johnson County Government that provides services and supports to over 500 Johnson County residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). Services include Case Management, Day and Employment, and Residential Services. In addition to being a service provider, JCDS serves as Johnson County’s Community Developmental Disability Organization (CDDO). As CDDO, JCDS provides a single point of contact for all Johnson County residents with I/DD while coordinating a network of over 90 affiliate agencies.

JCDS is guided by a seven-member governing board who are appointed by the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners. Daily operations are led by an executive director and a staff of over 300 trained professionals. JCDS programs and services are partially funded on a contractual basis with the Kansas Department of Aging and Disability Services, Kansas Vocational Rehabilitation Services, county tax levy, block grants, and revenue from local business contracting with our Employment Services program.

JCDS Employment Services facilitates career development for individuals served and offers on-site and community-based employment options. Businesses may subcontract for JCDS clients to perform work at either the Elmore Center or at their own location. Document Destruction is a new JCDS work venture. JCDS staff also assists clients to find community jobs based on individual preferences, skills, and abilities.

JCDS Residential Services offers a wide variety of community living options based upon how much direct support the individual requires. This varies from full-time to occasional support ensuring each individual to maintain an independent, healthy and safe lifestyle.