August 30, 2014

County developmental supports to serve more people

Johnson County Developmental Supports (JCDS) will now be able to assist more than 100 additional individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities access much needed services. JCDS currently serves more than 500 people daily through a broad array of community-based programs and supports.
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback recently announced the release of $9.2 million dollars from the new KanCare Medicaid program that will allow the state to provide services to an estimated 250 new individuals on the developmental disabilities waiting list, approximately 110 of them living in Johnson County. These funds are used to bring in-home services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to help them stay in their homes.
“Kansas has nearly 5,000 individuals on the developmental disabilities waiting list with 900 of them residing in Johnson County,” says Chad VonAhnen, Executive Director, Johnson County Development Supports. “We are thrilled to be able to help an additional 100 individuals gain access to the wide range of programs and services available in Johnson County. This is an important step to help additional people in our community lead more independent and fulfilling lives.”
The $9.2 million comes from a total of $37 million in savings under the new KanCare Medicaid program. Those savings are dedicated to reducing the state’s waiting list, and the state will release them as community supports are put in place to serve more individuals.

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