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Developmental Supports

Mark D. Elmore Center

10501 Lackman Road, Lenexa, KS 66219

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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 more than 70 Johnson County providers.

Department News

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JoCo on the Go: Serving individuals with IDD during a pandemic
July 6, 2020

On the newest episode of JoCo on the Go Podcast, CDDO Director Mandy Flower, CDDO Eligibility Determination Specialist Seth Kilber, Director of Health Services Carla Sadler and Behavioral Health Specialist Ashli Martin discuss ways to serve individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities during COVID-19, offering individuals and their caregivers the support they need to safely remain home.

Check it out.

JCDS employee tests positive for COVID-19
June 3, 2020

We are coordinating with our local health officials and community partners to ensure that we are prepared and are taking every available safety precaution for individuals in service and staff during this pandemic. The purpose of this communication is to inform you that one of our employees tested positive for COVID-19 and to describe the notification process.

The employee was in the workplace on Memorial Day and wore a mask when within six feet of coworkers and individuals we serve. As required by Kansas Department of Health and Environment, the employee is isolating at their home. In addition, those who worked with the employee have been notified and will follow Kansas Department of Health and Environment guidelines for low risk exposures and will continue to work while wearing a mask at all times.

We are also making testing available to individuals served and those who shared workspace with the employee. Please understand for confidentiality reasons, we cannot share specific details or names. If you would like to receive COVID-19 testing, Johnson County is offering free testing to all county residents who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.

The Johnson County Department for Health and Environment is facilitating contact tracing for residents who test positive for COVID-19. If you have not been notified for testing, then you nor your family member were at risk for exposure.

Since the beginning of this pandemic in the U.S., we have taken the threat of COVID-19 seriously. The Elmore Center has been closed since March, and we have been providing services in the homes. We require staff to wear masks when physical distancing is not possible while providing care, and physical distancing has been required among staff who continue to work at the Elmore Center. Staff have also been disinfecting shared spaces in the residences throughout the day and have an adequate supply of personal protective equipment to mitigate the risk.

For more information about the County’s COVID-19 resources, please visit the Johnson County website. The County has opened a hotline for the public to ask questions about COVID-19. The number is 913-715-2819. They will be taking calls from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For program specific questions, please contact Beth Johnson for information regarding Day Services and Sarah Schlitter for Residential Services. You may also contact Deputy Director Shelly May with general questions about services.

JCDS receives $25,000 grant from Kansas Health Foundation 
June 2, 2020

Johnson County Developmental Supports has been awarded a $25,000 grant through the Kansas Health Foundation’s Impact and Capacity Grants (ICG) initiative. This funding will help support COVID-19 response and recovery efforts for individuals in service, such as additional nutrition expenses, supplies and resources for individuals receiving support almost exclusively in their homes as day and employment programs have temporarily closed.

 “The unprecedented nature of COVID-19 has changed how we provide services to many of the people who rely on JCDS for care,” said JCDS Executive Director Chad VonAhnen. “We appreciate the Kansas Health Foundation for their support during this time. Partners such as KHF, County leadership, community members and Friends of JCDS have been tremendous in helping us continue to fulfill our mission during this global health emergency. Partnerships are critical in times of crisis, and we are grateful to KHF for their support and belief in our mission.”

 The ICG initiative provides one-year grants of up to $25,000 for nonprofits, faith-based and government organizations mission-aligned with the Kansas Health Foundation (KHF) and focused on COVID-19 response and recovery. The KHF board recognized the need to repurpose the ICG funds specifically for COVID-19 due to unprecedented circumstances of the pandemic and the effect it is having on the state. KHF fielded 477 funding proposals from organizations across the state.

“This surge of requests for COVID-19 assistance demonstrates clearly that Kansans are experiencing overwhelming need as we grapple with this unprecedented crisis,” said Reggie Robinson, KHF president and CEO. “We’re proud to support these vital organizations as they continue to serve their clients and communities.”

This spring, KHF awarded more than $2 million through this program to help 91 organizations with COVID-19 response and core operations support to work toward recovery. To date, KHF has authorized more than $16.3 million to support emergency COVID-19 response and recovery efforts across Kansas.



JCDS is an agency of Johnson County Government that facilitates career and personal development for Johnson County residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities. It is the largest provider of IDD services in the county. 


The Kansas Health Foundation is based in Wichita, but statewide in its focus. With a mission to improve the health of all Kansans, KHF envisions a culture in which every Kansan can make healthy choices where they live, work and play. To achieve this, KHF focuses its work in four impact areas: access to affordable health care, healthy behaviors, civic and community engagement and educational attainment. During its 30-year history, KHF has provided more than $500 million in grants to Kansas communities and organizations and looks forward to working toward its mission and vision for many years to come.

Transition plan to reopen the Elmore Center for day services
May 2, 2020

A team at JCDS has been working on a transition plan to reopen the Elmore Center in a limited capacity in the coming weeks, while protecting the health and safety of staff and people served.

To learn about the first phase of our transition plan, check out our newest blog post. We will be posting updates on our blog as developments are made.

Please follow us on Facebook and Twitter to receive notifications when new posts are available, or check back regularly for updates.

Direct Support Professional Jessa Molina Named Recipient of 2020 DSP of the Year Award
May 11, 2020

Jessa MolinaJohnson County Developmental Supports is excited to announce that Jessa Molina has been named a recipient of the 2020 Direct Support Professional of the Year award for Kansas from The American Network of Community Options and Resources. Molina joins 54 other recipients of ANCOR’s 2020 Direct Support Professional of the Year awards, chosen from a field of 300 outstanding nominees.

DSPs such as Molina play a crucial role in supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Molina works as the business account manager for JCDS. She also helps facilitate the End-Dependence Kansas Program for the agency. She offers career development support for individuals receiving services from JCDS and cultivates business partnerships throughout Johnson County.

“Jessa has been with our agency for three and a half years, and she is a fantastic champion for the people we support,” said JCDS Executive Director Chad VonAhnen. “She is a consummate professional who is compassionate, tenacious and devoted to our mission of providing choice-driven supports. We are incredibly proud to work with her, and this honor is well deserved.”

Since 2007, ANCOR’s annual DSP of the Year awards recognize outstanding professionals who deliver long-term supports and services to people with IDD. The awards celebrate the important role DSPs play in ensuring individuals with IDD are included and empowered in the community, and raise awareness about a direct support workforce in crisis.

DSPs perform this essential work in a field where a workforce crisis has led to turnover rates in excess of 50 percent and vacancy rates that average 18 to 20 percent nationally.

The 2020 DSP of the Year awards will be presented in a virtual ceremony on Wednesday, May 6.


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Upcoming Events

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Tue, 05/25/2021 - 5:30pm

JCDS Governing Board Meeting

Tue, 06/22/2021 - 5:30pm

JCDS Governing Board Meeting

Tue, 08/24/2021 - 5:30pm

JCDS Governing Board Meeting

Tue, 09/28/2021 - 5:30pm

JCDS Governing Board Meeting

Tue, 10/26/2021 - 5:30pm

JCDS Governing Board Meeting