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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.

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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.

Mark D. Elmore Center Closed
March 24, 2020

Until further notice, the Mark D. Elmore Center will be closed to visitors. Due to the COVID-19 public health crisis, all day services and supported worksites, including Project SEARCH, are suspended.

UPDATE: JCDS suspends supported worksites
March 18, 2020

Effective March 19, supported worksites, including Emerging Artists and Papercrete Works, are suspended until further notice. We are continuing to support integrated, competitive employment based on individual needs. This includes Project SEARCH.

Learn more about our response to COVID-19.


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Upcoming Events

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

JCDS Governing Board Meeting

Tue, 11/30/2021 - 5:30pm

JCDS Governing Board Meeting

Tue, 05/24/2022 - 5:30pm

JCDS Governing Board Meeting

Tue, 06/28/2022 - 5:30pm

JCDS Governing Board Meeting