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Developmental Supports

Mark D. Elmore Center

10501 Lackman Road, Lenexa, KS 66219

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About Us

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.

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 90 Johnson County providers.

JCDS also benefits from the support of a separate “Friends of JCDS” organization dedicated to providing additional resources for priority client and community-centered projects where other funding is not available.

JCDS Credentials:

  • Accredited by CARF, an international rehabilitation accreditation commission.
  • Licensed and partially funded by the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services.
  • Member of InterHab, the Resource Network for Kansans with Disabilities.
  • Member of ANCOR, the American Network of Community Options & Resources.

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:

  • Gayle Richardson - Chairperson
    • District 7
    • Occupation: Tax Accountant
    • Term expires: 8/31/2019
       
  • Dale Chaffin - Vice Chair
    • District 6
    • Occupation:  Retired
    • Term expires: 8/31/2017
       
  • Kyle Russell – Treasurer
    • District 1
    • Occupation: Attorney
    • Term expires: 8/31/17
  • Robert Stephan – Secretary
    • District 3
    • Occupation: Attorney
    • Term expires: 8/31/2017
  • Debbie Scott Williams
    • District 2
    • Occupation:  Community Volunteer
    • Term expires:  8/31/19
       
  • Bob Duncan
    • District 5
    • Occupation: Retired
    • Term expires: 8/31/2017
       
  • Rick Marien
    • District 4
    • Occupation: Retired
    • Term expires: 8/31/18

 

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, Executive Assistant, at (913) 826-2641 or e-mail: shelly.toft@jocogov.org for specific dates, time, and locations, as these are subject to change.

 

Additional Information:

 

In this section you will find time-sensitive notices.

 

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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.

JCDS Mission and Vision Statement

VISION:

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

 

MISSION:

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. 

Leadership team

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

Chad VonAhnen
Exective Director
913-826-2631

Shelly Toft
Senior Executive Assistant
913-826-2641

Matt Fletcher
Deputy Director
913-826-2633

Tim Arnold
Associate Director/CFO
913-826-2634

Shelly May
CDDO Director
913-826-2502

Jody Hanson
Community Relations Manager
913-826-2212

 

 

Mission and Vision

VISION:

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

 

MISSION:

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 invite you to learn more about our mission in this muscial interpretation.

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