TOPEKA-- Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services Secretary
Rob Siedlecki announced Thursday that the agency has renewed its longstanding
contract with the state’s 27 Community Developmental Disability Organizations
(CDDOs), but this year with a new provision.
The new agreement will provide employment support services to
adults with developmental disabilities who have successfully completed SRS’
Vocational Rehabilitation Services program, entered the workforce, but no longer
qualify for Voc-Rehab employment support. For some, the continuation of support
after the Voc-Rehab program is necessary for them to keep their jobs.
“This new contract element fits in well with SRS’ ‘Employment
First’ policy initiative that encourages individuals with disabilities to work
in the community and move toward self-sufficiency,” Secretary Siedlecki said.
“I am very pleased that we have found a way to provide them with ongoing
employment support and encouragement so they can continue to grow and progress
in their work.”
The overall contract outlines the roles and responsibilities
of both SRS and the CDDOs in providing an array of services and supports for
individuals who have a qualifying disability. Participants who find work become
active in competitive, integrated settings and may have a need for long-term,
continuing support at their jobs. SRS and the CDDOs have agreed that these
workers, if eligible, will be given access under the new contract to home and
community-based services through the Mental Retardation-Developmental Disability
Medicaid waiver so they will continue to receive the support needed to
successfully maintain their employment in community settings.
As many as 50 individuals are expected to be eligible for
this service extension, which will be paid for out of the approximately $310
million already approved by the Legislature for the Developmental Disabilities
Home and Community-based Services waiver program.