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Reno County CDDO

Reno County CDDO

The Kansas State Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services has designated a Community Developmental Disability Organization (CDDO) for each area of the state to assist in accessing and coordinating services and supports for persons with developmental disabilities. The Reno County CDDO has the responsibility to serve Reno County. The Reno County CDDO serves as a one-stop resource and single point of entry for people with developmental disabilities who live in or wish to live in Reno County. The Reno County CDDO will assist an individual in arranging the community services needed in order to work, live and be successful in the community. Mieke Hoeffner, CDDO Director, explains to us the ins and outs of the Reno County CDDO and how families can access the system.

About the Reno County CDDO

T | What services does the Reno County CDDO offer?

M | CDDO services are outlined through both regulations and contracts with the State of Kansas. Reno County CDDO is the single point of entry for any person of any age with an intellectual or developmental disability. If a person or someone they know feels they may have a qualifying diagnosis, he or she would make application through the Reno County CDDO office at 10 E. 1st Avenue in Hutchinson or call 620-663-2219.

We provide information, referral, and assistance, application and eligibility determination, schedule, complete and enter the State approved assessment instrument. Additionally, we are the gatekeepers for any person with an I/DD diagnosis who wants to access or leave an institution. We provide quality assurance activities and onsite monitoring, crisis and contract exception funding request reviews and recommendations, and facilitate affiliation agreements with all qualified providers. We will share and inform people of their rights and responsibilities, self-direction options, available employment support options, and assist with service options and provider choices.

T | When should a person served and/or their family or guardian reach out to the CDDO?

M | “The sooner the better.” If a person or someone they know feels they may have a qualifying intellectual or developmental disability diagnosis, he or she would make application through the Reno County CDDO office at 10 E. 1st Avenue in Hutchinson or call 620-663-2219.

Mieke Hoeffner, Director of Reno County CDDO

T | How long is the wait time to receive funding for services?

M | Currently, the waiting list for service funding access to the I/DD HCBS Waiver is approximately 7 ½ years.

T | Is there a piece of advice you would give people as they begin researching services in their area?

M | Making your expectations clear and finding out if the service provider can meet them is essential.

T | What's a typical day look like for the CDDO?

M | One of the enjoyable pieces of our job is no day looks the same. We encounter different situations and varying needs every day. If you call the Reno County CDDO, you will either speak to one of our friendly CDDO staff to assist you. Every situation is unique and will be handled on an individualized basis.

T | What would people be surprised to know about the CDDO?

M | These are not “typical” office positions. To provide quality CDDO services, we must go to the person and their family. Therefore, you will not typically find us behind our desks but traveling and meeting face-to-face with people.