Survey, Certification & Credentialing

Lacey Hunter, Commissioner

Lacey HunterLacey began working for KDADS as the Licensure and Certification Enforcement Manager in 2017 during which time she also became the state’s PEAK liaison and Sunflower Connect coordinator. Prior to her work at KDADS, Lacey was a licensed operator in the State of Kansas and the Executive Director of an assisted living community. Lacey has 13 years of customer service experience, eight years of management and leadership experience as well as 5 years in the public health sector. She has served as a leader inside and outside of her professional career through serving for and with various organizations.

Lacey earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Kansas State University in 2010 with a major in marketing and minor in management. Lacey reports to Deputy Secretary of Hospitals and Facilities Scott Brunner and serves on the KDADS leadership team as well as various committees. Lacey works closely with her team to create and enforce regulatory compliance for various licensure categories overseen by the commission and has a dedication for creating systems and process to better serve the people of Kansas.

Dawne Stevenson, Assistant Commissioner

Dawne StevensonDawne Stevenson will be responsible for the oversight of the Adult Care Homes in Kansas. This includes Skilled Nursing Facilities, Nursing Facilities, Nursing Facilities for Mental Health, Long Term Care Units, Assisted Living, Home Plus, Residential Health Care, Boarding Care Homes and Adult Day Cares. Dawne will report to Lacey Hunter, Commissioner of SCCC.

Dawne is a Registered Nurse in the State of Kansas. Dawne has been the Director of SCCC for three years and prior to that she was the CARE Program Manager and a Health Facility Surveyor for the State of Kansas. Dawne has 17 years’ experience as nurse with her passion being the elderly.

She earned an Associates Degree in Applied Science-Nursing from Colby Community College in Colby Kansas in 2003.

What We Do

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.