Supports & Training for Employing People Successfully

Supports and Training for Employing People Successfully (STEPS) is a program through which people with disabilities and/or behavioral health conditions may seek a path to employment without jeopardizing their Social Security benefits and eligibility and securing medical insurance coverage.  STEPS participants cannot receive Home and Community Based (HCBS) waiver services but may be assessed as eligible for an HCBS waiver, be on the waiting list for a waiver, or choose to leave HCBS services for STEPS services.  STEPS services include: Pre-Vocational Services, Independent Living Skills training, Personal Assistant Services, transportation, Supported Employment, and Assistive Technology. 

To receive STEPS services, a participant must be interested in finding and maintaining employment as well as the following:

  • Be between 16 and 65 years old
  • Be a Kansas resident
  • Meet the Social Security Administration definition of disability
  • May have countable income up to 300% of the Federal Poverty Limit

Additionally KDHE reserves the right to require additional documentation of a participant's disability and/or mental health condition. 

If you are interested in receiving STEPS services, please contact a Working Healthy Benefits Specialist.

This program will not go live until July 1st, 2021. All documents are currently still in progress but will be coming soon! If you have any questions before the go-live date or would like a presentation on the STEPS program, please contact the STEPS Program Manager Erin Sanders-Hahs at erin.sandershahs@ks.gov


STEPS Program Manual

The manual detailing the policies and procedures regarding the Support and Training to Employ People Successfully (STEPS) program and its connection to Working Healthy is available to download and read here. 

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