You may frequently hear about "services" or "HCBS services." There are lots of acronyms tossed around, but it is important to know the services available to you or your loved one with a disability.
HCBS stands for Home & Community Based Services, which provides oversight for a system community based supports and services for persons in Kansas with disabilities. These services are provided through six programs:
Refer to www.kdads.ks.gov for more information.
So you know about services, how do you get started? Each link above provides information about getting started.
Over a decade ago, legislated reforms to the Kansas developmental disability service system established a network of Community Developmental Disabilities Organizations (CDDO) that contract with the Kansas Department of Aging and Disability Services.
You can locate your CDDO by visiting the provider resource connection or you can view the CDDO map.
JCDS (Johnson County Developmental Supports) has been designated as the CDDO for Johnson County, KS. When you contact the CDDO, an assessor with the county will visit with you or your loved one with a disability to complete an assessment (the BASIS assessment) identifying needs. This is the initial assessment of your disability documentation with the county and your application for services.
There are various services you can apply for before the age of 18, and some that you can apply for when you turn 18 (become an adult).
Under the Age of 18
Over the Age of 18
Once you receive funding for services, this assessment will occur annually to identify the "level" of need each year. Currently, the list of individuals waiting for funding for services is about 9 years from date of application...so definitely work with your Targeted Case Manager to identify community resources and options for supports until funding is available.
If you have any questions about services, you should contact your Targeted Case Manager.