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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 more than 70 Johnson County providers.

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Emerging Artist Brad Friedman's design wins statewide contest
July 23, 2019

Brad Friedman Design for InterHab Advocacy Day 2019

Emerging Artist Brad Friedman's design wins statewide contest

Please join us in congratulating JCDS Emerging Artist Brad Friedman who has won the InterHab t-shirt design contest!

InterHab is the state association in Kansas for service providers who support individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). Brad’s artwork was chosen after a statewide search for a design to be featured on t-shirts for Advocacy Day on March 26.

Advocacy Day is an annual event in Topeka for people with IDD, their families, friends, providers, and advocates to come together and meet with legislators to discuss issues that are important to the IDD community.

Brad is an active participant in our JCDS Emerging Artists program, and you can find more of his original work at art shows throughout the year.

We are so proud of Brad, and we are excited to wear the shirts featuring his design on Advocacy Day!

Mandy Flower hired as new CDDO director
July 23, 2019

Mandy Flower

Mandy Flower hired as new CDDO director

We are pleased to announce that Mandy Flower is the new Johnson County CDDO director. Mandy replaces Shelly May who is now the deputy director of JCDS. Mandy will be starting with the CDDO on Monday, March 18, 2019.

Mandy has spent most of her life working in different capacities serving individuals with a developmental disability. For the past eight years, Mandy has been working with individuals in California. During this time, Mandy has been director of residential services for Southern California for People Creating Success (PCS).

At PCS, Mandy worked with a variety of consumers and oversaw supported living, independent living and group home living options. Mandy is well versed in Medicaid, as well as a variety of state-funded resources that enable individuals to live as independently as possible. Currently, Mandy is consumer services supervisor for the Antelope Valley Branch of the North Los Angeles County Regional Center. In this role, Mandy has worked in collaboration with service providers, consumers and families to ensure that every consumer receives services in compliance with the Lanterman Act and Medi-Cal requirements. Mandy also has been instrumental in the implementation of the Self-Determination Program and works with legislative teams in an effort to raises wages and funding for the service provider community. 
 
A Kansas native; Mandy received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas and also holds two master’s degrees from Wichita State University. While in Kansas, Mandy worked for a residential provider in the Cowley County area and also in management at a residential facility for children with autism and other special needs.  Mandy looks forward to the opportunity to return to Kansas to utilize the knowledge and experience she has gained in California to help benefit the Johnson County community. When Mandy is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family, being outdoors, and is excited to attend her first Kansas City Chiefs game. 

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Tue, 10/22/2019 - 5:30pm

Developmental Supports Governing Board

Tue, 11/19/2019 - 5:30pm

Developmental Supports Governing Board

Tue, 01/28/2020 - 5:30pm

Developmental Supports Governing Board

Tue, 02/25/2020 - 5:30pm

Developmental Supports Governing Board

Tue, 03/24/2020 - 5:30pm

Developmental Supports Governing Board