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The Kansas Council on Developmental Disabilities will draw from the values identified in the Federal DD Act in the evaluating and responding to current and future policy issues.  These values are Independence, Productivity, Inclusion, Integration, Capacity Building, Self Determination Inclusion in the Community Free from Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation.

KCDD supports these values while honoring the values of Respect, Innovation, Accountability, Transparency, and Partnerships.

Policy Position:

The Kansas Council on Developmental Disabilities supports the concepts of:

  • Supporting people in their home communities with the resources needed to live self-defined successful lives.
  • Supporting our youth with IDD through community and education supports to individuals, families, and professionals.
  • Utilizing current research, technology and resources needed to be disseminated and exploited to support people in the community.
  • Ensuring rates are adequate so that workers who provide direct supports to people with disabilities are well trained and paid a living wage with benefits.
  • A KanCare implementation that represents a fair system of supports and the establishment of effective oversight and measures to protect people’s current and future access to services.
  • Supporting the continued movement to fully implement the Employment First Initiative and maximize the use of Federal Vocational Rehabilitation funding.
  • Providing a rate structure that incentivizes the provision of integrated competitive employment.
  • Reducing or eliminating the use of restraint and seclusion in all settings.
  • The redirecting of resources to increase the community’s capacity to support all people including those with challenging/significant medical and behavioral support needs.
  • Maintaining a strong focus on DD Act values and insure KCDD is fully involved as we implement new federal and state systems changes including but not limited to: Able Act, IRS Rulings, Mental Health Issues, Every Student Succeeds Act, Joey’s Law, and Supporting Inclusive Education and Supported Decision Making.
  • Support models of Medicaid/Managed Care delivery that produces outcomes that lead to improved services for people with I/DD and their families.

Updated: 12/05/2020

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