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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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Congratulations Project SEARCH graduates!
July 23, 2019

Project SEARCH Graduation 2019

Congratulations Project SEARCH graduates!

The fifth year of Project SEARCH is in the books! Twelve interns recently graduated from this program, which is facilitated each year by Johnson County Developmental Supports (JCDS). Friends and family attended the ceremony on June 1 at Johnson County Community College. Photos from the event are below.

Johnson County Project SEARCH is an education and employment program for people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities 18 years of age or older who are interested in community employment. Interns spend nine months immersed in a host business site completing three unpaid internship rotations designed to teach them marketable, transferable work skills. The goal of the program is paid employment for each intern, from 16 to 40 hours per week in a competitive, integrated setting earning prevailing wage or higher. In the first year, 100% of Project SEARCH graduates secured a job.

"The Project SEARCH graduation is a time to celebrate the hard work of the men and women who have committed their time, effort and talents to this program during the past nine months," said Melissa Reeves, Community Relations Manager for JCDS. "Seeing county staff, elected officials, families, and community partners all come together to usher these graduates into the next stage of their professional development is a joy to experience. We look forward to this event each year, and we are so proud of this graduating class."

Tyler Smith, a Project SEARCH graduate from the first class (2014/2015), served as keynote speaker. He talked about being independent; he has a job and a car, and the day before the graduation had moved into his own apartment. Other speakers were Johnson County Board of County Commissioners Chairman Ed Eilert, JCDS Board Chairman Dale Chaffin, and Rhonda Case, owner of the Sunflower Cafe in Olathe who utilizes Project SEARCH interns and employs a graduate from the program.

Article and photos courtesy of Johnson County PIO

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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JCDS Governing Board Meeting

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JCDS Governing Board Meeting

Tue, 10/27/2020 - 5:30pm

JCDS Governing Board Meeting

Tue, 10/27/2020 - 5:30pm

JCDS Governing Board Meeting