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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 over 90 Johnson County providers.

Department News

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New CDDO director starts today
June 27, 2016

Beginning today, Shelly May is the director of the Community Developmental Disabilities Organization for Johnson County. May has worked in the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities field for 27 years.

During her career, May has served multiple roles as a service provider, targeted case manager, volunteer guardian, state licensing and quality assurance coordinator, public policy liaison, grants manager, and disability advocate. Most recently, May was the Employment/Day Pathways Facilitator at LifeShare where she worked on increasing employment outcomes for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

May was also the statewide coordinator for Project SEARCH in Kansas. Project SEARCH is a one-year, school-to-work program for young adults with IDD.

As the director of Johnson County’s CDDO, May will lead a team of 12 who are responsible for providing a single point of entry for people seeking IDD services and supports. These services include day supports, residential supports, respite overnight care and targeted case management.

“I have a passion for connecting individuals and families with community based services and supports, and am very excited to join the Johnson County CDDO, which does a tremendous job  of ensuring residents benefit from customer-driven quality services,” said May.

May replaces former Johnson County CDDO director Tim Wood, currently executive director of InterHab Inc., Kansas’ state association for IDD service and support providers.

Another successful year of Project SEARCH!
June 10, 2016

The 2015-2016 program year for Project SEARCH is in the books and it is getting bigger and better each year! Eleven interns completed the program and have either secured employement or are in the process. You can read about this year's successes...including adding on a new host business...in this newsletter written by our interns. Enjoy!

JCDS 2015 Annual Report
April 5, 2016
JCDS 2014 Annual Report
June 23, 2015

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Upcoming Events

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August 23, 2016 | 5:30 pm

JCDS Governing Board Meeting

September 27, 2016 | 5:30 pm

JCDS Governing Board Meeting

October 25, 2016 | 5:30 pm

JCDS Governing Board Meeting