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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.

Department News

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New program hopes to help nearly 100 people find jobs in the community
February 15, 2017

Johnson County Developmental Supports hopes to help nearly 100 people with an intellectual or developmental disability find a competitive job in the community over the next five years. This lofty but achievable goal is due to JCDS receiving a $1.2 million grant called “End Dependence.” The Kansas Rehabilitation Services division of the Kansas Department for Children and Families awarded JCDS the grant, and the funding will go towards serving 120 people in a progressive employment, or internship-model program, with the goal of securing competitive employment for 80 percent of participants.

The community employment team at JCDS is seeking both business and individuals to participate in the End Dependence program.

For businesses

All Kansas City employers are invited to get in touch with JCDS to find out about being an End Dependence host site. JCDS will work with businesses such as hospitals, hotels, retail establishments, industrial settings, warehouses to set up temporary internships lasting at least four weeks. Individuals with an intellectual or developmental disability can gain some work experience, learning a job’s specific skills and requirements as well as some of the softer skills necessary to work in the community. Interns’ wages will be paid by Vocational Rehab.

For more information, please contact Andrea Bishop at 913-826-2217 or Andrea.Bishop@jocogov.org

For individuals

JCDS is looking for people over 18 who have been deemed eligible for I/DD services by the Johnson County Community Developmental Disability Organization (CDDO.) Ideally, participants should have no prior work experience, or have worked but have experienced some challenges with community employment.

For more information, please contact Kim Perry at 913-826-2340 or Kim.Perry@jocogov.org.

This video provides some examples of successful local job placements for people with I/DD in several different industries.


Ways to monitor the 2017 legislative session
January 5, 2017

The 2017 Kansas legislative session officially begins at 2 p.m. on Monday, January 9. There are a variety of ways to monitor what's happening in Topeka. The information below pertains specifically to following issues involving the intellectual and developmental disability system. 

The Kansas Legislature web site has a host of information including calendars, legislator contact information and committee assignments, and links to live audio broadcasts. You can also track bills online.

The Senate standing committees you may want to watch are Ways and Means, and Public Health and Welfare. On the House side, Appropriations, Social Services Budget and Health & Human Services are ones to monitor. 

An important joint committee to watch is the Robert G. (Bob) Bethell Joint Committee on Home and Community Based Services and KanCare Oversight.

The Kansas State Library has a toll-free legislative hotline with reference librarians available to answer legislative questions. The phone number is 1-800-432-3924 or you can text questions to 785-256-0733 (charges may apply.)

News outlets are another information resource and below are direct links to statehouse or politics sections for news outlets we monitor.

Kansas City Star
Kansas News Service (formerly KHI News Service, now a part of KCUR)
Topeka Capital-Journal
Wichita Eagle

Finally, if you are a Twitter user, many tweets about happenings at the statehouse include the hashtag #ksleg so that's a good one to search. You can also follow legislators, as well as journalists who cover the statehouse.

JCDS sends out regular e-mails with legislative and policy updates. To join this email list, please send an email to jody.hanson@jocogov.org


Check out the latest news about Project SEARCH
December 22, 2016

Our Project SEARCH program has grown this year! The 2016-2017 interns have finished their first rotation and their first newsletter. We invite you to click here and take a look!

Johnson County response to Sec. Tim Keck
October 27, 2016

Today the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners endorsed this response to Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services Secretary Tim Keck’s editorial in the Wichita Eagle entitled “Kansas safety net for disabled strong and improving.” 

Live performance by two internationally-acclaimed operatic tenors will help out some Friends
September 1, 2016

Two Metropolitan Opera National Council Award Winners are coming to Kansas City to raise their voices for Friends of Johnson County Developmental Supports (Friends of JCDS.) Internationally-acclaimed operatic tenors Ben Gulley and Nathan Granner will perform at “Celebrate with Friends” on Thursday, September 22.

“Celebrate with Friends” is an evening of food, music and fund raising to support individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities served by Johnson County Developmental Supports. It takes place on September 22 beginning at 6 p.m. at the Camelot Ballroom (6635 W. 151st Street, Overland Park.) 

“This event is a great opportunity to recognize the donors, volunteers and other supporters whose generosity makes lives better for people in our community with disabilities,” says Janel Bowers, development director, Friends of JCDS. “The funds we will raise at this event pay for very specific things for the people we serve such as affordable barrier-free housing, crisis funding or necessities like dental treatments that aren’t covered by other funding sources.”

“Celebrate with Friends” event

Thursday, September 22
Camelot Ballroom (6635 W. 151st Street, Overland Park.)
6 p.m. cocktail reception and silent auction
6:45 p.m. dinner, entertainment, awards and live auction
Tickets and more information: www.friendsofjcds.com/events

About Ben Gulley and Nathan Granner

Metropolitan Opera National Council Award winners Gulley/Granner (tenors Ben Gulley and Nathan Granner) have established themselves as top independent classical artists, gaining momentum in the national and international opera world singing principal roles across the United States and into the European Union. The two gents developed a strong, gregarious kinship through touring as the classical crossover artists, The American Tenors a Sony Masterworks group. Their beautiful world-class voices coupled with great humor and eye for great visual production delight fans and is quickly gaining them more opportunities to shine around the globe.

About Friends of Johnson County Developmental Supports

Friends of Johnson County Developmental Supports (Friends of JCDS) is a nonprofit organization that provides affordable, barrier-free housing options and emergency, crisis funding for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD) who are served by Johnson County Developmental Supports (JCDS). JCDS is the agency of the Johnson County government that facilitates career and personal development for Johnson County residents with intellectual and development disabilities. The mission of Friends of JCDS, founded in 1990, is to enhance the lives of people with ID/DD by supporting JCDS people and programs when additional resources are needed. Through Friends, JCDS has been able to expand its base of support to meet widening funding gaps in many critical areas. Friends funding benefits more than 400 individuals each year through its many projects and activities, reaching beyond the adult clients served each day at JCDS. For more information, visit: www.friendsofjcds.com


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Upcoming Events

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October 24, 2017 | 5:30 pm

JCDS Governing Board Meeting

November 28, 2017 | 5:30 pm

JCDS Governing Board Meeting