Intellectual/Developmental disabilities are severe, chronic conditions that occur before the age of 22 and are attributable to physical and/or mental impairments. Examples of intellectual/developmental disabilities include intellectual disability, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, and autism. Intellectual/developmental disability may result in limited functioning in:

  • Self care
  • Speech and language
  • Learning
  • Mobility
  • Self-direction
  • Ability to live independently or to support oneself financially

What is Self-Determination?

Self-determination is a method of using the Medicaid funds you are eligible for in a different way.

  • You decide where you want to live, work and have fun.
  • You determine who you want to help you reach your dreams and goals.
  • Your family, friends and chosen allies can help you with decisions to make sure your health and safety needs are met.
  • You will have an Individual Service Budget. It is your responsibility to stay within your budget and spend money more efficiently.
  • Self-determination arrangements must be financially responsible and cannot cost more than traditional services.

Click here to see a video of four individuals with disabilities who have utilized self-determination through KCMHSAS to live the lives of their choosing in their community.

Other Services

In addition to Self-Determination, we offer:

  • Supported Employment
  • Community living support
  • Individualized assessment
  • Family education and support
  • Respite care
  • Enhanced healthcare services
  • Supports coordination/case management

How do I receive services? The first step to receiving services is to contact our Access Center. The staff at the Access Center will do an initial screening to determine what services you qualify for and connect you to those services.

Cost for services Fees are based upon your ability to pay or your health insurance coverage. While no one is denied services based on their financial situation, there may be a waiting list in place to receive non-Medicaid covered services.