What Programs Are Available To Assist People With Disabilities in Kansas?

Is there a Medicaid waiver program in Kansas? Kansas has several waivers including:

  • TBI
  • Technology Assisted
  • MR/DD
  • Physically Disabled
  • Frail and Elderly
  • SED
  • Autism
  • Brain Injury

What state department handles the Medicaid waiver program in Kansas? The Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS) handles the Medicaid Waiver program for persons with disabilities.

What programs assist people who have developmental disabilities in Kansas? Kansas has the HCBS-I/DD Waiver which is overseen by the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services. Kansas is targeting a 1/1/14 implementation date for long-term supports and services for persons with I/DD to be implemented in KanCare.

What is the best number to call to get started with services in Kansas? Kansas contracts with 27 Community Developmental Disability Organizations (CDDOs) across the State that are responsible for initial eligibility and referral for all persons with Intellectual/Developmental disabilities. Contact information for each CDDO is available on the KDADs website.The statewide comprehensive call center can be reached at 1-855-200-2372 to initiate assistance anywhere in the state of Kansas.

Is there a website? http://www.ksadrc.org OR
Contact information for each CDDO

Who Qualifies For Assistance?

Who is eligible for HCBS-DD Waiver Services administered by Kansas Department of Aging and Disability Services? Individuals are screened for waiver eligibility only after they have been determined to be developmentally disabled as defined in K.S.A 39-1803.

  • 5 years of age or older
  • Eligible for Medicaid
  • Meeting the Definition of Developmental Disability
  • Eligible for ICF/MR (instutional) level of care

Are there income limits to receive services in Kansas? Yes, you must meet the Medicaid income guidelines. Parental income of the parents is waived for determining eligible for children.

How old do you have to be to start receiving services in Kansas? To be eligible for HCBS-DD Waiver services, you must be 5 years of age or older.

Is There a Waiting List For Services?

How long is the waiting list in Kansas? You can expect to wait at least 3-4 years before getting Medicaid waiver services in Kansas.

How many people are on the waiting list? There are approximately 3500 people with developmental disabilities waiting for Medicaid waiver services in Kansas.

How many people are currently receiving med waiver services? There are currently approximately 8600 persons on the HCBS I/DD waiver.

What assistance is available while you wait? The CDDO is responsible for making persons aware of other services/resources that may be available to persons.

Is there priority preference for people who are in crisis? Yes.

What Services Are Offered & What Are The Service Limitations?

What services does the Medicaid waiver program offer in Kansas? Services include: Assistive Services, Day Supports, Medical Alert-rental, Financial Management Services, Overnight Respite, Personal Assistant Services, Residential Supports, Sleep Cycle Support, Specialized Medical Care, Supported Employment, Supportive Home Care, and Wellness Monitoring. Targeted Case Management is available through the State Medicaid Plan.

Does Kansas state offer community group homes? A few different options are available for supports in a residential setting. Individuals can choose to continue living at their family's home, live in a group setting, or live independently in their own homes.

Does Kansas offer supported living? Yes, Kansas provides assistance for persons with disabilities to live in their own homes.

Are there still state owned institutions in Kansas? Yes, Kansas still has persons with disabilities living in state institutions. Kansas Neurological Institute (KNI) and Parsons State Hospital and Training Center (PSH&TC) are residential treatment, training, and care facilities operated by the State of Kansas to serve individuals with intellectual disabilities. Campus staff provide services to approximately 150 persons at KNI and 194 individuals at PSH. An individual must be at least six years of age to be admitted.

There are also two state hospitals for persons with mental illnessess. Larned State Hospital (LSH) is the largest psychiatric facility in the state serving the western two-thirds of Kansas with nearly 1,000 employees and the capacity to treat over 450 patients daily. Osawatomie State Hospital provides services to adults diagnosed with psychiatric disorders.

How Do You Select A Provider?

Do providers work for the state? No, Kansas Medicaid waiver providers are privately owned companies.

About how many providers are there in the state? There are approximately 250 licensed service providers in the State. About 25 of these providers have enrolled in Kancare.

Do you have a choice in providers in Kansas? Yes, you can select your own provider in Kansas.

How Do You Become A Provider?

To become a Medicaid waiver provider in Kansas, call (800) 933-6593.

Additional Information

The Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS) began accepting volunteer participants for the KanCare Pilot Project for persons with Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) in late spring of 2013. Enrollment in the pilot project is closed. More than 550 individuals who are receiving services through Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) and approximately 25 service providers have enrolled in the KanCare I/DD Pilot Project. The primary objective of the I/DD Pilot Project is to prepare the I/DD population being served by the HCBS I/DD Waiver for full inclusion in KanCare by January 1, 2014. The three KanCare companies are Amerigroup, UnitedHealthcare and Sunflower State Health Plan, a subsidiary of Centene.

People have the option of hiring their own attendants, which is called “self-directed care,” or using those provided by an agency – “agency-directed care.”

KS Providers

Kansas Providers


Helpers, Inc. (913) 322-7212
Serving Kansas
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Life Patterns 785-273-7189
Serving Kansas
Assisting individuals disabilities in Kansas for over 20 years!