The mission of the Harvey-Marion County CDDO is to connect citizens with quality developmental services and supports to improve lives.
A Community Developmental Disability Organization (CDDO)
is the single point of entry for people seeking Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) services.
Past legislative reforms to the Kansas developmental disability service system, established a network of Community Developmental Disabilities Organizations that contract with the Kansas Department of Aging and Disability Services. A CDDO has been designated for every area of the state to help coordinate services and supports for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
In Harvey and Marion Counties, persons with developmental disabilities participate fully as valued members of their communities. They live, work, play, belong, and contribute to the life of the community with quality paid and natural supports of their choice.
The Harvey-Marion County CDDO was established in 2007 by Joint Resolution of the Commissioners of Harvey and Marion Counties. Their intention was to create a new entity to serve the people of Harvey and Marion Counties as the single point of entry into the community developmental disability service system. The new entity would be accountable to the public in its operations and finances, and would not be associated with any service provider.
Prior to this time, Northview Developmental Services, Inc., a community service provider with history dating back to its founding by families in 1954, had been appointed by the Commissioners of Harvey and Marion County as the designated community developmental disability organization for the two counties. Northview held this designation following the statutory creation of community developmental disability organizations by the Developmental Disabilities Reform Act of 1995.
In 2005, the Board of Harvey County Commissioners was approached by a group of concerned citizens and service providers stating that the appointed CDDO, Northview, was not responsive to complaints or concerns about services. There was also discussion about whether a possible conflict of interest existed when a CDDO is also a community service provider (CSP).
During the spring of 2006, the same group of citizens came back to the Harvey County Commission and expressed concern that nothing had changed. On June 20, 2006, the Harvey County Commission appointed a Task Force to look at all the issues, including the possible conflict of interest when a CDDO is also a CSP. The Task Force determined that there was a conflict of interest of having a CSP also be the appointed CDDO. The Task Force recommended to the Harvey and Marion County Commissions that the CDDO should be separate from any CSP, and that a Transition Team should be formed to create a new CDDO to serve both Counties.
The State of Kansas SRS approved the proposal submitted by the Task Force to create a new CDDO. The joint resolution establishing the Harvey-Marion County Community Developmental Disability Organization was passed by both the Harvey and Marion County Commissions on March 26, 2007. The new entity, Harvey-Marion County CDDO, began operations on July 1, 2007. A quasi-governmental entity, Harvey-Marion County CDDO is subject to the Open Meetings and Open Records Acts.
In fulfillment of the Developmental Disabilities Reform Act and Implementing Regulations, the Harvey-Marion County CDDO ensures access to and availability of services and supports from a local network of affiliated community service providers, to provide opportunities of choice to increase the independence, integration, productivity, and inclusion of persons with developmental disabilities in their homes and communities.