Organization Charts


Interim Commissioner
Patty Brown


The primary function of the Survey, Certification and Credentialing Commission is to protect public health through the licensure and inspections of adult care homes as defined by K.S.A. 39-923. The commission develops and enforces state regulations related to adult care homes, as well as implements federal certification activities for Medicaid- or Medicare-certified nursing homes. Field staff working out of regional offices across the state conduct annual, unscheduled inspections of adult care homes on a rotation basis as well as unannounced inspections in response to consumer or provider-reported complaints received by the commission’s Adult Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation hotline. In addition, the Commission is responsible for the ongoing credentialing of various licensed, certified and other health careers such as adult care home administrators, certified nurse aides, dieticians and other professions.

Amy Penrod
Amy Penrod


The Aging & Disability Community Services and Programs (A&D CSP) Commission manages a system of community-based supports and services for persons with disabilities, which are delivered through the KanCare system in partnership with organized networks. These services include programs for those with physical disabilities, intellectual/developmental disabilities, frail elderly and children with autism. It is responsible for coordinating intra-agency KDADS activity around KanCare. The commission works with each KDADS Commission to ensure that client services are monitored appropriately. The Commission coordinates with all three KanCare Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) regarding KDADS-specific program areas (home and community-based service waivers and behavioral health).

Oversight of the Kansas Neurological Institute and Parsons State Hospital and Training Center for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities fall under the purview of this commission.

A&D CSP also administers a variety of community-based programs for the aging population through contracts and grants of state and federal funds. The programs administered include Older Americans Act, congregate and home-delivered meals, caregiver programs, in-home services, Senior Care Act services, and Client Assessment, Referral and Evaluation (CARE) program, as well as quality assurance programs for the Older Americans Act and Senior Care Act. In addition, it is responsible for the Aging and Disability Resource Center, or ADRC, the single entry point for older adults and persons with disabilities to connect with local experts who can help them choose a long-term care option. The Commission oversees and implements grants that assist individuals who are aging or have a disability under Senior Health Insurance Counseling for Kansas (SHICK), Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP), Lifespan Respite and Community Transition Opportunities. The SHICK program assists individuals with questions related to Medicare. The SMP program educates the community about reporting Medicare/Medicaid and health-care fraud and abuse and how to identify and report scams. The Commission’s Community Transitions Opportunities program works with nursing facilities to identify residents who wish return to living in a community setting.

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Interim Commissioner
Andrew Brown


The Behavioral Health Service Commission partners with care providers, communities and community mental health centers to help Kansans with behavioral health, substance use disorder and other addictions services. Our work is supported by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). KDADS is responsible by statute and holds the authority and responsibility for coordinating mental health care and substance abuse/addiction services across the state. The Commission works in close coordination with the Governor's Behavioral Health Services Planning Council.

In addition, the Commission is responsible for oversight of the Kansas’ two psychiatric hospitals, Larned State Hospital and Osawatomie State Hospital.

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Brad Ridley


The Financial Information Services Commission is responsible for various administrative functions that support other KDADS Commissions. The Accounting Division is responsible for processing all of the agency payments and monitoring expenditures. It also monitors KDADS’ grants to other organizations. The Budget Division prepares the KDADS budget, monitors legislative activity related to the budget and handles requests for budget information. The Information Services Division maintains the KDADS computer network and various web application systems. In addition, the Commission provides technical support to agency staff and business partners. The Fiscal and Program Evaluation Division is KDADS' auditing, reporting and data analysis group. It is responsible for managing nursing facility reimbursement programs.