Long Term Services & Supports

Amy Penrod, Commissioner

LTSS COmmissioner Amy PenrodCommissioner Amy Penrod leads Long Term Services and Supports for the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services. Amy’s tenure with KDADS began in 2012, serving as Director of Finance and Budget until 2017 when she was promoted to Commissioner.

Prior to joining KDADS, Amy worked for the Kansas Division of the Budget and the office of former Governor Bill Graves. Amy has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Kansas State University and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Kansas.

Amy reports to Secretary Laura Howard and serves on the KDADS leadership team.

Mandy Flower, Assistant Commissioner

Mandy Flower has worked in HCBS services for nearly 20 years. Mandy received her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Kansas. Mandy also received her Master’s Degrees in Public Administration and Counseling from Wichita State University. A native to Kansas, Mandy spent time working in California as the Director of Southern California Services at People Creating Success which provided a variety of HCBS services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Mandy also worked as the Branch Office Supervisor where she oversaw the services of more than 9,000 children and adults with developmental disabilities. Upon her return to Kansas, Mandy was the CDDO Director at Johnson County Developmental Supports, the single point of entry for IDD services in the county.


What We Do

The Long Term Services & Supports (LTSS) Commission manages a system of supports and services for the aging population and persons with disabilities, which are delivered through the KanCare system in partnership with organized networks. These services include programs for individuals with physical disabilities, intellectual/developmental disabilities, seniors and children. 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 services waivers, adult care homes and behavioral health).

LTSS 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, 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 services and supports option.

The Program for All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) is also administered in the LTSS Commission.  PACE provides comprehensive medical and social services to individuals age 55+ still living in the community. Most of the participants who are in PACE are dually eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid.

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