Department for Children and Families Vocational Rehabilitation

Program Name

Vocational Rehabilitation

Agency Name

Department for Children and Families

Program Description

Rehabilitation Services offers a variety of programs to meet the diverse needs of Kansans with disabilities.

List of Services

Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) services are the cornerstone of our efforts to empower Kansans with disabilities to become gainfully employed and self-sufficient.

Services for people who are blind or visually impaired - Programs include independent living services for persons who are age 55 or older, and the Business Enterprise Program (BEP).

Centers for Independent Living (CILs) - Services include advocacy, independent living skills training, peer support, information/referral, and deinstitutionalization support.

Kansas Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (KCDHH) - Services include information/referral, quality assurance screening for sign language interpreters, advocacy.

Disability Determination Services (DDS) - This program determines disability status for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claims filed in Kansas.


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Eligibility Requirements

Disability Determination Services (DDS) makes disability and blindness determinations for the U.S. Social Security Administration on most Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claims filed or reviewed in Kansas.

Disability Determination Services also:

  • Reviews the cases of individuals who already receive benefits, in order to determine if they continue to qualify for benefits.
  • Conducts hearings in cases where SSDI or SSI eligibility is found to have ceased.
  • Makes Medicaid eligibility determinations for individuals who do not meet the financial requirements for SSI.

Contact Information for Referrals

Dennis Ford
Program Administrator
DCF-West Region

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