Serving 18 Counties in Southwest and Central Kansas

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"Helping Kansans with developmental disabilities access quality community services"

SDSI Foundation, Inc.

To endow and support services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD)


We are a nonprofit 501(c)(3) Kansas corporation founded in 1989.  We support the mission and goals of Southwest Developmental Services, Inc. by providing support and assistance to people with I/DD in southwest and central Kansas.


The Foundation has received funding through the years from individuals, estates and other organizations.  For over 20 years the Foundation has used the revenue from its investments to fund grants to pay for direct services to individuals for emergency needs such as dental care.  Our Foundation has also provided grants to other organizations who serve individuals with I/DD.  The Foundation has paid out over $1.5 milion since 1996 for services and assistance.


Assistance is available to both children and adults who reside in the following counties of Kansas and meet the I/DD requirements:


•Barton            •Kearny            •Wichita            •Stevens            •Stanton            •Stafford

•Morton           •Pawnee           •Seward           •Haskell             •Scott                •Lane

•Rice               •Rush               •Finney             •Grant                •Greeley           •Hamilton







Individuals wishing to apply for emergency fund assistance may do so through their case manager or may contact the Foundation directly if they do not have a case manager.  Foundation staff will review these requests respond with a decision within a short time period.


Organizations requesting a grant must apply to the Foundation in writing.  These requests must be approved by the Board of Trustees.  The Board of Trustees meets four times per year.

The SDSI Foundation is a benevolent foundation that wishes to assist as many people as possible that have no other place left to turn for help. These funds are not limitless. In order to help as many people as possible, we must act as good stewards of this money. The SDSI Foundation is to be viewed as a last resort resource for dire needs that would otherwise go unmet.


In each request please be sure to include the following:


Is this need covered under insurance? Explain why it is not covered.

Will the MCO provide for this need? Include a copy of their denial of help.

Can the client help themselves? Some clients have a savings account. Some clients have an income. Perhaps the provider of the needed goods or services would accept a payment plan. Explain why the client cannot help themselves.

What other avenues of help have been sought? Please list them. Include a copy of their denial of help.


Summarize and include all information in the request, on the front page if the request is longer than a single page. This would include the amount being requested, the date it is needed, to whom to write the check, to whom to send the check. Be sure supporting documents and denials of help are attached.


This information will enable the Foundation to reach a better decision.

Special Health Care Needs


The Kansas Special Health Care Needs (SHCN) Program promotes the functional skills of persons, who have or are at risk for a disability or chronic disease. The program is responsible for the planning, development, and promotion of the parameters and quality of specialty health care in Kansas in accordance with state and federal funding and direction.

Some of our affiliated service providers also have access to various philanthropies.  Mosaic and Rosewood Services have foundations also offering help.  Please check with them through your targeted case manager.

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