Social Service Programs
This site features comprehensive information from 22 federal agencies, as well as educational institutions, non-profit organizations and state and local governments. Topics covered on the site include: benefits; civil rights; community life; education; emergency preparedness; employment; health; housing; technology; and transportation.
We deliver services through a nationwide network of over 1,400 offices that include regional offices, field offices, card centers, teleservice centers, processing centers, hearing offices, the Appeals Council, and our State and territorial partners, the Disability Determination Services. We also have a presence in U.S. embassies around the globe. For the public, we are the "face of the government." The rich diversity of our employees mirrors the public we serve.
This webpage provides a very brief overview or introduction to the federal Medicare program. The page also includes a tool for determining eligibility. (Search: eligibility, overview)
The IRS and its partners are making a focused effort to provide financial education and let people know about tax preparation assistance that's available to individuals with disabilities. Business owners who accommodate individuals with disabilities
may also be eligible for tax credits.(Search: disabilities)
Medicaid is the federal health program for eligible individuals and families with low incomes and resources. It is an income based program that is jointly funded by the state and federal governments, and is managed by the states.
The Division of Early Childhood Development has oversight of the KIDS NOW initiative (Kentucky Invests in Developing Success NOW!) and the Head Start Collaboration Office and direct responsibility for the administration of the Community Early Childhood Councils. The Kentucky Preschool Program and Even Start Family Literacy are other programs in the division. The work is divided between two (2) branches, Early Care and Education and Preschool.
First Steps is a statewide early intervention system that provides services to children with developmental disabilities from birth to age 3 and their families. First Steps is Kentucky's response to the federal Infant-Toddler Program. First Steps offers comprehensive services through a variety of community agencies and service disciplines and is administered by the Department for Public Health in the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. (Search: first steps, early intervention)
The Division of Child Care supports quality child care through programs and plans that promote the improvement and expansion of statewide child care services and resources. The division also provides program coordination for subsidy payments, coordination of professional development and training, as well as development of policy and procedures.
The Kentucky Children's Health Insurance Program (KCHIP) is free or low cost health insurance for children. KCHIP is for children under the age of 19 who do not have health insurance and whose family income is below 200 percent of the federal poverty level.
The Commission for Children with Special Health Care Needs mission is to enhance the quality of life for Kentucky's children with special health care needs through direct service, leadership, education and collaboration.
Their vision is to be a visible leader in supporting the highest quality of life for Kentucky's children with special health care needs and their families through collaboration and facilitation of an easily accessible community based system of support.
Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment (EPSDT) is a federally mandated Medicaid program for children. The EPSDT Screening Program provides routine physicals or well-child check ups for Medicaid eligible children at certain specified ages. It is considered preventive care. Children are checked for medical problems early. Specific tests and treatments are recommended as children grow older.
The areas of health care that are checked include: preventive check-ups; growth and development assessments; vision; hearing; teeth; immunizations; and laboratory tests.
Publicly-funded community services for Kentuckians with mental health, mental retardation, and substance abuse problems are provided through Kentucky's 14 regional mental health and mental retardation (MHMR) boards. Regional boards are private, nonprofit organizations established by KRS Chapter 210 (see Related Links) that serve residents of a designated multi-county region. For information about mental health, mental retardation or substance abuse services, contact the local office of your regional MHMR board. For contact information for the office for your county, select and click on your county on the dropdown list below.
On January 1, 1998, Kentucky implemented IMPACT Plus, a behavioral health program for Medicaid-eligible children who have complex behavioral healthcare needs. IMPACT Plus was developed to increase the variety and availability of community-based service options and to decrease the need for inpatient care.
The Supports for Community Living (SCL) Waiver Branch of the Division of Division of Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities (DDID) provides staff support for and oversight of the Supports for Community Living waiver program. The SCL waiver program is a home- and community-based program funded by the Kentucky Department for Medicaid Services and administered by DDID.
CDO allows waiver eligible members to choose a provider for their non-medical waiver services, allowing them greater freedom of choice, flexibility, and control over their supports and services. Members can choose to direct all or some of their non-medical waiver services.
The Home and Community Based (HCB) Waiver program provides services and support to elderly people or children and adults with disabilities to help them to remain in or return to their homes.
The Michelle P. Waiver (MPW) is a home and community-based waiver under the Kentucky Medicaid program developed as an alternative to institutional care for individuals with mental retardation or developmental disabilities. MPW allows individuals to remain in their homes with services and supports.
The KATS Network, the Kentucky Assistive Technology Act Program, serves Kentucky residents of all ages with disabilities of all types, their families, employers and employment service providers, educators, health care and social service providers, and others seeking information about assistive technology (AT) and accessible information technology. The KATS Network's four Regional AT Resource Centers provide device demonstrations and short-term loan of assistive technology devices for up to six weeks. These services are intended to assist the consumer in device selection and allow them to make an informed decision before a financial investment is made.
The Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation assists Kentuckians with disabilities to achieve suitable employment and independence. We recognize and respect the contribution of all individuals as a necessary and vital part of a productive society. We hope to assist Kentuckians with disabilities to achieve suitable employment and independence. We value the rights, merit and dignity of all persons with disabilities and the opportunity to pursue employment as an important aspect of a full and meaningful life. We value all staff, their individual talents, unique abilities and contributions to the agency's mission. And we value collaborative efforts and partnerships that support the agency's mission.
The Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation has played a vital role in the establishment and implementation of supported employment services in the Commonwealth. Through partnerships with agencies, organizations and funding services for persons with severe disabilities, the Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation is able to assist many people who have a supported employment goal in achieving positive employment outcomes.
Hart-Supported Living is a program that is based on individually designed plans for support. These plans provide people with disabilities the help they need to live successfully in a home of their choice and to participate in their community. The individual with a disability (and the people who support him or her) plan and design a set of services which meets the person's needs and is consistent with the principles of Supported Living. If the individual's request for funding is approved, then funds are made available so that the plan can be implemented.
Non-Profit Service Provider
The Community Action Kentucky network consists of 23 Community Action Agencies and provides a broad array of services to over 500,000 low and moderate income Kentuckians each year through a variety of services including weatherization, Head Start, employment and self-sufficiency training, Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, transportation, senior services, and more.
Easter Seals West Kentucky represents nearly half a century of helping people with physical and mental challenges to gain greater independence by providing quality services.
Cardinal Hill Healthcare System has a rich history that spans several decades. We offer a variety of services of clients of all ages at several locations throughout Kentucky. We believe in our mission and have established strong core values to ensure all clients receive the highest possible quality of care.
Easter Seals of Louisville is a licensed, non-profit outpatient pediatric rehabilitation center that provides essential medical rehabilitation to children with special needs.
The Christian Appalachian Project is an interdenominational, non-profit Christian organization committed to serving people in need in Appalachia by providing physical, spiritual and emotional support through a wide variety of programs and services. (Search: disabled, disabilities)
The Center for Accessible Living is Kentucky's first Independent Living Center with offices located in Louisville and Murray and services spanning the entire state of Kentucky. The Center for Accessible Living (CAL), a private, non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization, is a disability resource center for people with disabilities, governed by people with disabilities. It operates on a cross disability basis, which means that individuals will be served regardless of type of disability. Our experienced staff provides information, advocacy and services that create opportunities for people with disabilities to live as independently as possible.
Our resource center for independent living in central Kentucky is nestled among the horse farms, expanding residential neighborhoods and developing industrial areas in Lexington. Independence Place is a federally funded, non profit, consumer directed resource Center for Independent Living. The nonresidential Center is responsible for providing information and referral, peer support, independent living skills training and education, and advocating on behalf of consumers with disabilities on both the individual and system levels. The center also provides intervention for people with disabilities to assist them in moving out of institutions or to assist them to stay in their homes. The organizations objective is to assist people with disabilities to achieve their full potential for community inclusion through improving access, choice and equal opportunity.
The Human Development Institute is Kentucky's University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research and Service. We focus our efforts on improving lifelong opportunities and services for individuals with disabilities, their families and the community. The Institute provides a strong foundation for more than 40 research, training and service projects, addressing a wide range of topics and issues in areas such as early childhood, education and alternate assessment, transition across the lifespan, employment, community living, and personnel preparation. (Search:
VSA Kentucky is a statewide, nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting arts, education and creative expression for all, with an emphasis on persons with disabilities. VSA Kentucky provides arts education and inclusion programs for children and adults with disabilities throughout the state and offers an under-served population equal opportunity to explore the arts in a way that is fully accessible. Through participatory involvement with trained professionals and volunteers, people with disabilities learn new creative and social skills that open doors to new opportunities in the arts.
A Comprehensive Guide to Accessible Transportation Services in Kentucky (University of Kentucky Human Development Institute)
Getting around town for either medical or personal ventures can be fulfilling for someone with a disability when the right services are available. The staff at the Human Development Institute at the University of Kentucky has worked diligently to locate and list these accessible services. We have compiled a list of statewide transportation services available to individuals with disabilities. Ideally, we have constructed the list according to county which will enable individuals to quickly and efficiently find their area and the transportation services that are provided within it.
In addition we have listed the transportation services offered through Medicaid. These services are categorized by region and county. (Search: transportation manual, transportation, products and resources)
Recreation is any voluntary activity that is enjoyable and fun. Recreation refreshes, revitalizes and improves a person's quality of life. It is also many different things to different people. Alice may enjoy knitting an afghan on her front porch while Josh would much rather be hiking with a group of his friends. While what you want to do for recreation may be very different than someone else's idea of fun, you can be creative when tapping into recreation resources in your community. On the following pages, we have compiled a list of recreation resources. As these resources evolve and grow over time, we will routinely update this manual. (Search: recreation, recreation manual, products and resources)