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Developmental Supports

Mark D. Elmore Center

10501 Lackman Road, Lenexa, KS 66219

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Residential Services

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JCDS offers a variety of residential services and supports to adults with intellectual and  developmental disabilities that are designed around the specific needs of each person. Whether “home” means living in a house or an apartment, living alone or with others, JCDS is dedicated to providing supports in a manner that encourages and promotes greater independence. 

Professionally trained staff support individuals in making good choices, be contributing members of their community and pursuing their passions. Services and supports range from 24-hour supports to drop-in services. Individuals receiving residential services and supports lease their own home or apartment in Johnson County. JCDS nursing staff are on call 24 hours a day to oversee the health and wellbeing of those we support. In addition, JCDS Residential Team Leaders are also on call 24 hours a day to provide program oversight and ongoing coaching and training of staff. 

Single Family Dwellings

Residential services and supports are available 24 hours a day in the individual’s home or apartment. Between three and five individuals live together and each person (or their guardian) signs and maintains their own individual lease. Professionally trained staff collaborate with the individual, their Case Manager, and others to develop supports that are individualized and reflect the individual’s preferences and support needs. Support services focus on maximizing independence and vary, based on the needs of the individual; these could include:  

  • Maintain their own home or apartment
  • Access activities
  • Ensure health and safety needs are met
  • Appointments
  • Transportation
  • Medication Administration
  • Menu planning and cooking
  • Maintain a budget or finances
  • Personal care

Independent Living

This service is available for individuals who do not require 24 hour support and are provided on a drop-in or as-needed basis. Supports are individualized and focused on helping people live independently, which could vary from helping with shopping, maintaining a budget, menu planning and cooking safely, and coordination of appointments and activities.  

Friends of JCDS

Friends of JCDS is a nonprofit organization that partners with JCDS to assist individuals served by JCDS with living, working and engaging in the community. Friends specifically addresses the special needs, specifically the affordable and accessible housing issues that individuals with IDD face.

Friends provides a Special Assistance Fund that fulfills critical needs and expenses of those individuals served by JCDS. This includes assistance with dental expenses, therapies, basic needs and other emergency funding.

Getting Started

To participate in any of the services or programs that are available at JCDS, one must first be determined eligible under CDDO guidelines. Visit the CDDO online to learn more about this process. Every service listed in the JCDS service pages, as well as every private provider for developmental services in the Johnson County area, require CDDO eligibility to participate.

After determining eligibility, you will meet with the CDDO to select service providers. All services described on this website are provided and managed by JCDS, and you will need to select JCDS as a residential service provider to receive residential services and supports. Not all services listed may be currently accepting new referrals. JCDS residential services are but one of many options; there are many other providers in our area that provide residential services to people with IDD. You can find a list of other Johnson County residential service providers on the CDDO website.


Sarah Schlitter
Director of Residential Services


This handbook is provided to current and prospective recipients of supports and services from Johnson County Developmental Supports and their families and representatives. The handbook provides a summary description of the direct supports, and policies and procedures of JCDS (“Johnson County Government Rules and Processes”). After reviewing these services and exploring with your person-centered planning team the type of support you need, you may decide JCDS is your provider of choice.

Please keep this handbook while you are receiving services from JCDS. If you need help with understanding the handbook, your case manager or staff support person will read and explain it to you. We have tried to cover the basic information you need to be an active participant in your supports and services. If you have specific questions, please ask any JCDS staff member for help.


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Community Behavioral Health Team

Photo of Young ManThe Community Behavioral Health Team is a cross-functional team created through a partnership between JCDS and Johnson County Mental Health that provides positive behavioral supports to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities who also have a co-occurring mental health diagnosis.

Behavioral Health staff provide case management and therapy services. They work one-on-one with the individual and their circles of support to identify, secure, and sustain resources needed to attend school and live, work and participate as fully integrated members of their community. Staff address mental health and developmental barriers that interfere with daily living, teach coping skills and increase social skills needed to develop healthy relationships. Both individual and family therapy is available through CBHT.

Examples of what a Behavioral Health Specialist might do:

  • Explore recreational and socialization opportunities available in the community
  • Teach skills necessary for successful relationships
  • Identify and implement strategies with the individual and their supports to increase success at school and work
  • Address mental health barriers to developing independent living skills
  • Develop Positive Behavior Support (PBS) and behavior management strategies

What is the criteria to receive CBHT services?

In order to receive CBHT services, you must:

  • Live in Johnson County and be five years of age or older
  • Qualify for intellectual and developmental disability (IDD) services through the CDDO
  • Have a co-occurring mental health diagnosis
  • Qualify for treatment through Johnson County Mental Health Center

Where are services provided?

Most services are offered in the community where the individual lives, works, attends school, receives day or residential services and socializes. 

To access services with CBHT, individuals must have been found eligible for IDD services through the Johnson County CDDO and be eligible for mental health services through Johnson County Mental Health Center.

To begin the application process for IDD eligibility, contact the Johnson County CDDO at (913) 826-2600.

To obtain mental health services, Open Access is available M-F from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on a walk-in basis at the following locations:

  • Olathe Office 1125 W. Spruce St.
  • Shawnee Office 6440 Nieman Rd.

For additional information on mental health services, please call Johnson County Mental Health Center at (913) 826-4200.
For additional information on CBHT services, please call CBHT Manager Carla Sadler at (913) 826-2516.
For immediate crisis needs, please call Johnson County Mental Health Center’s crisis line at (913) 268-0156. Help is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Clinical Supports

Individuals receiving clinical supportsJCDS offers a variety of clinical services and supports necessary for people with disabilities to maintain health. The Clinical Support staff focuses on the health and wellness of individuals supported by JCDS and actively seek to curb the development of serious health concerns by monitoring preventative care for persons supported.

Health Supports

JCDS nurses are members of the Developmental Disabilities Nurses Association (DDNA). This is a national association for nurses who specialize in providing care for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities. It promotes education, advocacy and networking to develop an expertise in this field and support the highest quality of life for the people we support throughout their entire lives.

JCDS has nursing staff onsite or on call 24 hours a day to oversee the health and wellness of our persons supported. In addition to their regular duties, nursing staff also:

  • Makes regular visits to the residential homes to talk with persons supported and staff and assess any needs they may have
  • Checks that medications are stored safely and properly
  • Teaches medication administration class to staff 
  • Offers a self-administration class for those supported who would like to gain more independence in this area of their lives

JCDS has partnered with Heartland Pharmacy to provide more than 45,000 doses of medications a month to those in our services. 

Nursing also provides training for staff on how to care for specialized health care needs such as, catheters, ostomies, feeding tubes, oxygen, diabetes management, seizures and more. All JCDS staff are certified in CPR, AED and First Aid by the American Heart Association.

JCDS Health Supports utilizes interdisciplinary relationships with community providers to achieve a team-based model of care to ensure the physical and mental well-being of individuals served. We offer professional nursing oversight and quality assurance measures to promote access to community integrated healthcare and ensure preventative healthcare needs are being met.

Oral Health on Wheels

JCDS Health Supports have also partnered with Johnson County Community College to provide onsite, weekly dental services for individuals served through Oral Health on Wheels (OHOW). Individuals from the community who would like to take part in this service can download the intake forms below or contact Nursing at 913-826-2252 or email Robin Tast for more information.

OHOW Intake Forms

Assistive Technology

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Ergonomic supports and Assistive Technology (AT) supports are also available to individuals to expand mobility and functional abilities.

The Therapy Specialist will complete ergonomic assessments and seating assessments. They will also oversee obtaining proper equipment such as helmets, braces and other custom made gear as ordered by physicians. The JCDS Therapy Specialist works with persons supported and staff to offer choices of adaptive equipment to maximize functional capability with eating, ambulation, mobility or other activities of daily living. They are available to follow up and act as a liaison for physical or occupational therapy visits and help staff and persons supported complete home therapy and exercise programs.

The Therapy Specialist will work with persons supported and train staff in proper body mechanics for safe transfers, ambulation and positioning for those in need. They provide hands-on training with lifts, including sit to stand, Hoyer, HandiMove and ceiling lifts. They also help with any wheelchair and walker needs. This includes coordinating with local vendors for wheelchair maintenance and repair, person supported requests, family and staff concerns and recommendations on accessories for wheelchairs and walkers.

Assistive Technology is any item, piece of equipment, software program, or product system that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of persons with disabilities.

  • AT can be low-tech: communication boards made of cardboard or fuzzy felt.
  • AT can be high-tech: special purpose computers.
  • AT can be computer hardware: prosthetics, mounting systems, and positioning devices.
  • AT can be computer software: screen readers and communication programs.
  • AT can be inclusive or specialized learning materials and curriculum aids.
  • AT can be specialized curricular software.
  • AT can be much more - electronic devices, wheelchairs, walkers, braces, educational software, power lifts, pencil holders, eye-gaze and head trackers, and much more...

Our Assistive Technology Specialist will work with persons supported with every type of cognitive, physical and sensory disability to assess their needs and obtain the adaptive equipment they need to maximize their independence.


Erica Burroughs, RN, CDDN
Health Supports Coordinator

Robin Tast
Health and Residential Supports Assistant

Sarah Whalen, LPN
Health Supports Specialist

Carla Sadler
Director of Health Services

Amy Hankins, LPN
Health Supports Specialist

Staci Carson, RN
Health Supports Specialist

Kari Napier
Certified Physical Therapy Assistant and Certified Associate Ergonomist

Brian Skibbe
Assistive Technology Specialist


Case Management

The JCDS case management team is comprised of degreed, experienced professionals, who are dedicated to empowering individuals to lead enriched, interdependent, healthy, safe and choice-driven lives. We take pride in providing responsive customer service, arranging for an extensive variety of individualized services, and developing close working relationships with each person and their support network of family, employers, teachers, and service providers.

Case managers provide support and assistance to the individual with the developmental disability, their guardians, and families to:

  • Discover the person’s lifestyle preferences, strengths, skills, behavioral, health, safety, and resource needs.
  • Identify and access resources and opportunities needed to increase independence, productivity, inclusion and integration.
  • Develop a person centered plan to meet personal goals and support needs.
  • Evaluate the implementation of the person’s plan and their satisfaction with services and supports.
  • Monitor services for quality, responsive, and individualized supports.

JCDS provides targeted case management services to children and adults with a developmental disability and with all types of disabilities and levels of support needs. If you have JCDS case management, you may choose to receive your other services by any service provider licensed with the State of Kansas and affiliated with the Johnson County CDDO. It is your choice!

JCDS case managers can provide Independent Living Counseling for individuals in the Medicaid WORK program, and Community Service Coordination for individuals on the STEPS program. A private pay option is also available for individuals who are not eligible for Medicaid.

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