What is the CDDO?

Consistent with provisions of the Developmental Disabilities (DD) Reform Act, the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS) has designated a Community Developmental Disability Organization (CDDO) for every area of the state to help coordinate DD services and supports.

Big Lakes Developmental Center, Inc. (BLDC) as the CDDO for Geary, Riley, Clay, and Pottawatomie counties, works with affiliated agencies and providers to ensure quality services that are cost effective and easy to access.


-Provides the single point of contact (entry) for people seeking services;
-Maintains an area-wide services needs list for those waiting for services;
-Provides information to assist individuals and their families in determining which service provider(s) they would like to access;
-Works with people towards admission to all needed services;
-Provides information and referral services;
-Coordinates the relocation of people living in state hospitals who wish to return to their home county; and
-Works with affiliated agencies to ensure customer-driven quality service delivery.

Referral Services

Your situation may fall outside the range of services available through the CDDO. If that happens, our staff can assist with referring you to alternate resources available in your community. Further, if you need assistance with locating services in another community, our staff can help.

Further information regarding CDDOs, including laws, appeals processes, CDDOs outside of the 4-county area, and much more, can be found at the KDADS website.

Currently accepting applications for the position of:

CDDO QUALITY ASSURANCE/ELIGIBILITY SPECIALIST: Serves as single point of entry contact for all individuals/ families desiring to receive community-based services for persons with I/DD (Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities) within four-county Community Developmental Disability Organization (CDDO) service area, including transfer into the service area from other regions within the state of Kansas and/or persons in crisis or in need of transition from other qualified settings. Performs initial screenings for I/DD eligibility and makes service referrals within the CDDO affiliated provider network. Comprehensive training in I/DD eligibility processes will be provided. Also chairs and coordinates the local CDDO Quality Assurance Committee as required by regulation. Ideal candidate will possess familiarity with Medicaid, HCBS, and foster care programs. Minimum qualifications include BA/BS degree in Human Services or related field of study and six months experience with I/DD population or related field. Additional requirements include valid drivers’ license, three years driving experience and acceptable driving history. Must be able to meet all requirements as listed in the job description.  Full-time, competitive wages and excellent fringe benefit package including medical/dental and life insurance, paid vacation and sick leave and KPERS retirement program. (ACD002)

Applications accepted until position is filled. Apply by clicking here.
Contact: hr@biglakes.org