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Developmental Supports

Mark D. Elmore Center

10501 Lackman Road, Lenexa, KS 66219

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Mission and Vision

Project SEARCH graduation 2019


Johnson County Development Supports serves people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  We focus on individuals’ abilities, provide choice-driven supports, and advocate alongside people to live and work in our community. 


We aspire to build a community that promotes, supports, and embraces people of all abilities.



Leadership team

Please click on a staff person's name to send them an email. We've also provided their direct extensions.

Chad VonAhnen
Executive Director

Shelly Toft
Senior Executive Assistant

Shelly May
Deputy Director

Tim Arnold
Associate Director/CFO

Mandy Flower
CDDO Director

Melissa Reeves
Community Relations Manager



Governing Board

JCDS is guided by a seven-member governing board who are appointed by the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners. Board members are:

  • Kyle Russell - Chairperson
    • District 1
    • Term expires: 8/31/2020
  • Debbie Scott Williams - Vice Chair
    • District 2
    • Term expires: 8/31/2022
  • Rick Marien – Treasurer
    • District 4
    • Term expires: 8/31/2021
  • Bob Duncan – Secretary
    • District 5
    • Term expires: 8/31/2020
  • Gayle Richardson - Member
    • District 7
    • Term expires:  8/31/2022
  • Robert Stephan - Member
    • District 3
    • Term expires: 8/31/2020
  • Dale Chaffin - Member
    • District 6
    • Term expires: 8/31/2020

The Johnson County Developmental Supports (JCDS) Governing Board is appointed by the Johnson County Board of Commissioners, pursuant to Section 19-4001, Kansas Statutes Annotated.

The JCDS Governing Board meets monthly, generally excluding July & December. Contact Shelly Toft, Senior Executive Assistant, at (913) 826-2641 or e-mail: Shelly Toft for specific dates, time, and locations, as these are subject to change.

Persons who may need assistance, the use of a sign language or oral interpreter, or who require special accommodations, should contact (913) 826-2641, at least two (2) weeks prior to the meeting.

Governing Board Agendas and Minutes

Jan. 22, 2019
Feb. 26, 2019
March 26, 2019
April 23, 2019
May 21, 2019
June 25, 2019
August 27, 2019
Septembr 24, 2019
October 22, 2019
November 19, 2019

January 28, 2020
February 25, 2020
March 24, 2020
April 21, 2020
May 19, 2020
June 23, 2020
August 25, 2020
September 22, 2020
October 27, 2020
November 24, 2020





Meeting Cancelled



About Us

Retirement Christmas Party

Johnson County Developmental Supports (JCDS) is an agency of Johnson County Government that facilitates career and personal development for Johnson County residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). A developmental disability is a chronic condition present before age 22 due to physical and/or mental impairments such as intellectual disability, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism or Down syndrome, among others.

JCDS was established in 1972 through the committed efforts of parents and other developmental disability (DD) advocates. Since that time, the agency has grown as a Community Support Provider to serve over 500 people daily 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 70 Johnson County providers. JCDS also benefits from the support of a separate “Friends of JCDS” organization dedicated to providing additional resources for priority individuals and community-centered projects where other funding is not available. 

JCDS is guided by a seven-member governing board appointed by the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners. 

2018 Annual Report



In 1995, the Kansas legislature passed the Developmental Disabilities Reform Act (DDRA), which changed the face of community-based services. It designated 27 “single point of entry” agencies called Community Developmental Disabilities Organizations (CDDO) to work with a network of service providers and ensure quality services in their assigned area. Johnson County Government is the CDDO for Johnson County. 

Responsibilities Include: 
• Serving as single point of entry for Johnson County residents seeking IDD services. 
• Determining eligibility for IDD services. 
• Helping individuals and their families or guardians choose from an array of available service options.
• Supporting a network of Johnson County service providers and their service capacity.
• Performing quality assurance duties to ensure personal choice, necessary supports, protection from harm and the opportunity to exercise individual rights/responsibilities.

CDDO by the numbers  CDDO receiving servicesCDDO day supportsCDDO residential supports

CDDO supportive home careCDDO personal assistance servicesCDDO target case managementCDDO affiliate networkCDDO waiting list


JCDS is a Community Service Provider (CSP) that provides individualized supports based on needs, preferences, goals and abilities. JCDS affiliates with the CDDO to provide services. Services include targeted case management (facilitating person-centered support plans), residential services (ranging from a few hours of support to around-the-clock care), day and employment services (work and life enrichment, volunteerism, competitive employment and retirement) and health support services.

CSP by the numbers

CSP receiving servicesCSP receiving day and res servicesCSP case managementCSP Employment ServicesCSP residential services


Competitive Employment

Competitive Employment

$9.56 average hourly wage
34 people found work through the employment program

JCDS employment specialists help individuals with job applications, job readiness skills and job coaching so they can achieve employment in the community.

Supported Worksites

Supported Worksites

5 worksites
$7.29 average hourly wage
27 people employed at supported worksites

Local businesses provide jobs on-site that are supervised by the business and a JCDS employment coach.


End-Dependence Kansas (EDK)

46 employer partnerships
34 people participated in the program

The EDK program helps jobseekers find competitive employment. It is funded through a five-year, $1.2 million grant from the Kansas Department for Children and Families.

Project SEARCH

Project SEARCH

$10.01 average hourly wage
15 people graduated from the program in 2018
73% of the graduates have already secured jobs

This education-to-employment model allows individuals to intern with local businesses and learn job skills.


Papercrete Works

$7.25 hourly wage
19 program participants
$4,887 annual revenue

Papercrete is a mixture of cement, water and recycled paper. The ingredients are mixed and poured into molds through a collaborative process between staff and program participants to create products for sale such as planters and decorative bowls.

Emerging Artists

Emerging Artists

841 pieces sold
42 program participants
$14,303 annual revenue

The Emerging Artists program exists to develop the artists’ skills so they may reach their full potential and receive income through the sale of their art.


Active Agers

Did You Know?

JCDS is the largest provider of day services for people with IDD in Johnson County.

Retirement Program

A retirement program is offered to support individuals of advanced age.

By the Numbers

34 participants

14 people with dementia


Work Enrichment

Many individuals choose to work at the Elmore Center, fulfilling customer orders under the supervision of JCDS staff.

By the Numbers

1.074 million pieces fulfilled

138 people working at the Elmore Center

32 contracts

8 customers

Community Service

Individuals have the opportunity to participate in an alternative work day that is focused on community service and creative expression.

By the Numbers

8,045 volunteer hours

90 participants




JCDS supports a total of 123 individuals in 49 residences across Johnson County. This includes 93 people who live with roommates and have continuous staff support and 29 who live independently. Thirteen homes are owned by Friends of JCDS, which is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that provides affordable and accessible housing for individuals who are supported by JCDS.



Community Behavioral Health Team

In a partnership with Johnson County Mental Health, JCDS created the Community Behavioral Health Team to provide support for individuals with both an IDD and mental health diagnosis. In 2018, 65 people and their families received assistance.



Targeted Case Management

JCDS provided targeted case management services and created person-centered support plans for 425 individuals.




JCDS nursing staff oversaw the administration of more than 41,000 doses of medications to more than 310 individuals by 280 direct support staff on average each month.



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