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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 over 90 Johnson County providers.

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New Self-Advocate Group newsetter
December 8, 2017

Dozens of JCDS day/employment services clients belong to the Self-Advocate Group. The group's mission is to educate, support and speak up for themselves and others with disabilities. They closely monitor and discuss issues happening close to home, in Topeka and in Washington D.C.

The group has created a newsletter called Speak Up! You can view the first issue at this link

KanCare 2.0
November 6, 2017

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has released some documents that pertain to the next version of KanCare, which is Kansas' privatized system of the Medicaid program. Below are links to the documents with an explanation of what they are.

Below is a link to the state's draft of a renewal application it will use to request the federal government approve the next KanCare waiver, also known as "KanCare 2.0". The current KanCare waiver expires at the end of 2018. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is the federal agency responsible for oversight of state Medicaid programs.

http://www.kancare.ks.gov/about-kancare/kancare-renewal

The state has also released the Request for Proposal that the Managed Care Organizations (insurance companies) will use to bid on the contract for KanCare 2.0, That's at the link below and is currently at the bottom of the page. 

https://admin.ks.gov/offices/procurement-and-contracts/bid-solicitations/

The public is invited to provide comments on this draft until November 26, 2017. There are several public meetings and conference calls and the details of those events are available here.

Here are links to a few media articles that give an analysis on the changes between the current and next version of KanCare.
KCUR
Wichita Eagle
Topeka Capital-Journal

Fulfilling a drive to drive
July 19, 2017

How did Drew, Ryan, Cory and Tyler reach their goal of getting their driver’s license? Angela Walsh-Fisher, a JCDS community employment specialist, recalls how the idea got off the ground.

“At one of our self-advocacy meetings, when we asked our group what they would like to advocate for in their own lives, a majority said they wanted to learn to drive,” said Walsh. “Before we left I promised them that I would make some calls to see what I could find out.”

Those calls led Walsh to Josh Smith, program director for Transportation at Johnson County Community College and Vanessa Fernandez, a JCCC Driver’s Education instructor. Fernandez was able to take the JCCC one-day, 8-hour course, and split it into four separate sessions. The result was a program that contained shorter class times with the curriculum delivered at a slower pace that includes testing accommodations. The amount of behind-the-wheel training is determined by Fernandez for each student.

Once Walsh and Fernandez finalized the class structure, they held an informational meeting in March 2017 to explain the program. More than 50 people attended the meeting and the two offered classes quickly filled up.

Fernandez is pleased with how the class has turned out and is glad she can help people get a driver’s license who may not have been able to before this program.

“I’m very happy with who I put on the road,” said Fernandez. “They deserve to drive and they do a good job.”

This course will be offered in September and information is available online on page 84 for the Fall 2017 Continuing Education Catalog.

Final newsletter from 2016-2017 Project SEARCH class
June 28, 2017

Our Project SEARCH 2016-2017 class of interns has graduated! Before they left they put together their final newsletter. Take a look to see which class members are already out in the local workforce. 

JCDS participating in county's second annual Reverse Job Fair
April 17, 2017

On Tuesday, April 25, local businesses will have the opportunity to tap into a pool of qualified job applicants interested in securing employment. Several Johnson County departments including Human Resources, Johnson County Mental Health, Johnson County Department of Corrections and Johnson County Developmental Supports will host the county’s second Reverse Job Fair.

Unlike a typical job fair where job applicants browse information tables hosted by employers, at the Reverse Job Fair, clients receiving employment coaching or support services from Johnson County will showcase themselves. Approximately 30 job candidates will each have a table with information about his/her skills, experience and interests. Employers can meet with applicants, accept resumes, and even hold on-site interviews. The 2016 Reverse Job Fair attracted organizations including Ikea, Garmin, FedEx and the City of Lenexa.

Event details:
Tuesday, April 25
2 – 4 pm.
Johnson County Administrative Building, Lower Level, Room 200
111 S. Cherry Street, Olathe
For more information, contact Aubree Casper at 913-826-4069

Feel free to download our event flyer.

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