Program Overview

The program staff consists of a combination of full–time staff and summer seasonal staff.  All full–time staff have First Aid and CPR, Medication Administration, and have Class E License for driving agency vehicles.  The program also utilizes volunteers.

Programs are primarily offered Monday–Friday in the evenings and on Saturdays.

Programs take place in North Kansas City, Smithville, Liberty, Kearney, Excelsior Springs, and throughout the Kansas City metro area.

Transportation pick–up and drop–off location are provided for most programs.

Examples of Programs Offered by the Recreation Department:

  • Community:  Movies, local festivals, live theater, dinner out, spectator sporting events, fishing, etc.
  • Social:  Dances, picnics, karaoke, etc.
  • Fitness:  Walking at local parks, weight loss, swimming, yoga, etc.
  • Special Interest:  Public speaking programs, crafts, cooking, People First, etc.
  • Sports:   Basketball, swimming, track, bocce ball, softball, bowling, and skiing.  One may participate competitively or to build skills to participate in other community events.
  • Fine Arts:   Music, museums, community art festivals, etc.
  • Overnights:<   Camping, local and extended trips
  • Youth Summer Day Camp (Accredited by American Camp Association) ages 8–16
  • Youth Vocational Training Summer Camp:   Ages 17–21
  • Cooperative efforts with local school districts and affiliated organizations:  Community and social activities, and the Clay/Platte Association of Retarded Citizens (ARC) Camp

Recreation Program newsletters contain the following:

  • Calendar of programs
  • Time and date of activities
  • Transportation details
  • Description of activities
  • Costs, if applicable
  • Program updates and notices
  • Activity sign–up sheets

Who Qualifies:

  • You must reside in Clay County, have a developmental disability and be determined to be eligible for program services by the Kansas City Regional Center

What types of developmental disabilities qualify for the Recreation Program?

A developmental disability that occurs before the age of 22 qualifies for the Recreation Program.  It may be caused by mental or physical impairment or by a condition at birth.

Developmental disabilities include, but are not limited to:  mental retardation, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism, down syndrome or prader-willi syndrome.  It may also include head injury or other learning disabilities.

How do I get Started?

  • Contact the Concerned Care Recreation Department at 474–3026.
  • Contact Kansas City Regional Center at 889–3400 to begin eligibility determination.
  • If approved for the services by the Kansas City Regional Center, the Recreation Department will mail you a New Participant Packet.
  • Return the New Participant Packet with the Emergency Authorization Form the Recreation Department.
  • You will be placed on the recreation newsletter mailing list and will begin receiving the newsletter.