Advocate

Friends of JCDS government relations and advocacy

Did you know?

  • In 1995, Kansas passed a major legislation called the Developmental Disability Reform Act (DDRA).
  • State institutions were closed and individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) returned to their home communities to receive services funded by a state and federal program called the “home and community-based services” waiver (HCBS).
  • Lately, legislative threats have occurred to dismantle the historic DDRA and alter the protections and assurances afforded by this statute.
  • The community I/DD system has been chronically underfunded since 1996 and waiting lists for services have grown.
  • At this moment, thousands of children and adults with I/DD in Kansas are waiting to receive HCBS funding.
  • Community service providers have few tools with which to develop the human resource capacity needed to serve new numbers of individuals.
  • The last reimbursement rate increase to I/DD service providers occurred nearly a decade ago.
  • I/DD long-term services and supports became part of KanCare (the state’s Medicaid program) February 2014.
  • Of major importance is to ensure that the State is able to maintain adequate oversight of KanCare’s managed care organizations.

The Friends of JCDS believes that every man, woman and child with a developmental disability should have access to the quality supports they need to achieve independence, self determination, productivity, and integration into the community.

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