Community Developmental Disability Organizations (CDDOs) are local agencies that
contract with Kansas Social and Rehabilitative Services and are responsible for
ensuring service access and availability within a system of service delivery to persons
with developmental disabilities in Kansas.
Following strict state-mandated criteria, the CDDO, determines eligibility for funding for needed services. This criterion is partially based on outside evaluations to be done before application is made. The CDDO staff can direct individuals toward places to have these evaluations completed or request copies of existing information. The CDDO contact person determines eligibility of each individual. In general, you qualify as having a developmental disability if you have a mental and/or physical impairment that occurred before your 22nd birthday and that is likely to continue indefinitely. The impairment(s) must result in limitations in three or more specific areas of life functioning.
People whose only disability is mental illness do not qualify and are normally referred to community mental health centers.
The CDDO has information about resources such as emergency and crisis services, food banks, housing assistance programs, clothing resources, hospitals and physicians, dentists, optometrists, preschools and schools, city offices for the CDDO area, as well as county and state agencies. The CDDO works with all agencies to ensure customer- driven quality services.
The CDDO is responsible for the quality of case management services. Case managers assist in arranging for services from service providers to meet the individual needs of clients. Such services include advocacy, mental health care, medical care, rehabilitative programs, financial management, transportation, employment, housing, recreation and adult education.
The CDDO supports people in choosing their own service providers and designing their own support system. Group homes, sheltered workshops, and segregated activities are no longer assumed to be the first and only choices of the people served. Personal preferences and community inclusion are emphasized throughout the process of designing a support program.
The CDDO assists your Case Manager in arranging funds and services, if you choose to move elsewhere in Kansas.
Eligibility does not guarantee immediate access to services. Access to some services and supports are dependent on funding availability. Targeted Case managers work with the CDDO to determine what funding is available. Care Coordinators with the Managed Care Organizations (or ‘MCOs’ like: Sunflower, United, and Amerigroup) will assist people eligible for the waiver to get waiver-funded services approved.
Consumers, guardians and their support network are encouraged to work out difficulties directly with their service providers. However the CDDO can assist any individual who is having problems with a provider that are not being resolved with the provider directly. We can assist you to appeal any part of your services that you do not agree with through the Council of Community Members appeal process.