The Kansas CDDO Coalition


CDDO FAQ'S and Information

The CDDO is your first contact for information about Developmental Disability Services.

What is a CDDO?
Community Developmental Disability Organizations (CDDOs) are local agencies that contract with the Kansas Department on Aging and Disability Services and are responsible for ensuring service access and availability within a system of service delivery to persons with developmental disabilities in Kansas.

What services does a CDDO offer?
Provides a single point of entry for people seeking services.
Maintains a resource list of area-wide services for those seeking services.
Offers information and referral while individuals and families determine which service providers they wish to use.
Works with people towards admission to all needed services.
Works with affiliate agencies to ensure customer-driven quality services.
Facilitates a council of community members for local input.
Oversees fiscal management according to contract with the Kansas Dept. on Aging and Disability Services.
Provides Gatekeeping services.
Oversees the dispute resolution process for the CDDO area and assists consumers when they have difficulties with their services.

The Kansas CDDO Coalition Concept:
Comprised of five members: Twin Valley, Reno County, Nemaha County, Sumner County and Disability Planning Organization of Kansas, the Coalition has provided a means of working together to enhance CDDO administration and effectiveness. Through the years, the Coalition has been committed to demonstrating CDDO’s of varying size and scope, can work collaboratively on such functions as eligibility assessment, quality assurance, data management, while retaining the local control and unique character of each member organization.

The Kansas CDDO Coalition has adopted the following statement of purpose:

An enhanced ability to respond to changing local needs with “best practice”.
Utilizing shared staff resources – more efficient operations for CDDO’s and service providers.
Recognizing the power of a collaborative voice -- having a positive impact on political and bureaucratic processes affecting the people we serve.
With a unified voice – a reaffirmation of our individual commitments to consumer independence, choice and quality of life.


Single point of entry for information and referral to all affiliated agencies.
Thanks to the CDDO concept, individuals seeking services need to make just one phone call. This central number is your direct link to information and referrals to many service providers. Information on affiliate organizations is also available from this central information source.

We determine eligibility for services.
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. These areas are self-care, the understanding and use of language, learning and adapting, mobility, self-direction in setting goals, living independently, and economic self-sufficiency. People whose only disability is mental illness do not qualify and are normally referred to community mental health centers.

We can connect you with local resources.
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.

We assist you in locating service providers.
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.

The CDDO will help find funding for your program.
Eligibility does not guarantee immediate access to services. Access to some services and supports are dependent on funding availability. Case managers and work with the CDDO to determine what funding is available.

The CDDO offers Gatekeeping services.
The CDDO helps people in institutions research the possibility of moving back to their home communities and must assure individuals seeking placement in an intermediate care facility or a State institution have explored all possible community services.

If you have a conflict with your service provider or wish to change providers, the CDDO can help.
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.

The Kansas CDDO Coalition is here to support you. If you need help from any support services, it takes only one phone call to a member of the Kansas CDDO Coalition.

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