Immediate help for individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities and their families who are experiencing a crisis is available throughout Kentucky by accessing your local Community Mental Health Agency (CMHC).
In the Louisville area, residents can call Seven County Services Developmental Services Division at 504-459-5292 or the The Hope Now Hotline at 502-589-4313 or 1-800-221-0446
The Lee Specialty Clinic, which opened in 2014, is a Louisville-based interdisciplinary healthcare center serving more than 1,000 patients with IDD from 60 Kentucky counties. Unique in its clinical design, Lee Clinic is the only interdisciplinary patient care, teaching and research program in the country exclusively serving patients with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Dr. Philip May shares information and research on the topic of Obesity in Adults with Intellectual Disabilites in this power point presentation: Obesity in Adults with Intellectual Disabilities
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The Division of Community Alternatives oversees the KY Department for Medicaid Service's Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Medicaid Waivers, including the Michelle P Waiver (MPW), the Supports for Community Living Waiver (SCL), the Home and Community Based Waiver (HCB) and others. A person who is disabled or elderly may qualify for a Medicaid Wavier, which provide supports to live independently. Learn more about each waiver and how to apply at The Division of Community Alternatives.
Follow this link to access the online directory of KY Medicaid Waiver Providers
Follow this link to access the online directory of MCO Medicaid Providers. MCO stands for Manage Care Organizations and includes Aetna Better Health of KY, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Humanna Health Plan, Passport Health Plan, Wellcare of Kentucky.
Disability Language Style Guide is a guide intended for journalists, communication professionals and members of the public who are seeking the appropriate language to use when writing or talking about people living with disabilities. This guide is presented by the National Association on Disability and Journalism.
The Arc is the largest national community-based organization advocating for and serving people with intellectual disabiliities and their families.
Developmental Disability is an umbrella term that includes many different diagnoses. The Center for Disease Control offers helpful information about conditions that are considered a developmental disability.
Intellectual Disability is included as a developmental disability. The American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) shares clarifying information about this diagnosis.