Frequently Asked Questions


What level of disability are you able to accommodate?

With 1 being lower functioning and 5 being higher functioning, Dreams Work primarily serves level 1 and 2 clients.

Do you currently have any openings?

Call 913-541-9026 for availability or information about being added to our waitlist.

What is your application process?

After May of their 21st year, Dreams Work, Inc. would be an option for Day Services. Participants must be qualified for funding through Kansas Medicaid Assistance Program Home and Community Based Service Waiver or be able to private pay for services. All of our participants have a case manager who has assisted them in applying for services. There is a multiple-year waiting list for funding, so it is important to contact your local Community Developmental Disability Organization for assistance in applying.

What issues are Dreams Work clients dealing with?

There are a variety of Day Services in Johnson County. It is important to make a choice that best fits the needs of the individual. Most of our participants are non-verbal, and require some assistance with eating. We are able to provide tube feeding for participants who cannot eat by mouth. The majority of our participants cannot walk or need assistance to ambulate. Our staff is trained in repositioning and lifting and personal hygiene issues.

What is your client to staff ratio?

We operate on a "1-2 client to 1 staff person" ratio. Many of our individuals are in wheelchairs. When we go out on field trips, we have a 1:1 ratio.

What are your core beliefs as they relate to your client?

We allow our patients as much independence as possible, productivity, and inclusion. We want each person to have the opportunity to be a part of typical environments and the opportunity to choose to be in those environments.

What type of policies are in place?

Each client has different abilities and restrictions. We work toward accountability, advocacy, self-advocacy, integration, consent and direction of and participation in decision making. We offer individualized services for each client.

Do the families of your clients have a good idea of what activities are scheduled each day?

We provide a weekly schedule of each upcoming week. For each day, it clearly details the major activities, and whether lunches will be at Dreams Work or otherwise.

Does the staff of Dreams Work undergo Continuing Education classes?

Yes. The State of Kansas requires training on Abuse and Neglect, Individual Rights, and Privacy. We also do instruction on infection control and safety.

What are the Staff and Hiring Requirements for Dreams Work?

Staff Background Checks are done on all employees. The State of Kansas requires a criminal background check with the Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI) for all employees. The State of Kansas also requires background checks be submitted to the Child Abuse Central Registry and the Adult Protective Services Registry for the state of Kansas. One final check is done with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment to see if an employee has been banned from ever working in the healthcare field in Kansas.

Dreams Work, Inc. also does a Missouri state background check due to our physical location being near the state of Missouri. Nurses must provide proof of their current license and go through health care credential background check with the state. Many of our staff have worked as para-professionals in special education in public schools or have been care providers at residential homes for developmental disabled.

Does Dreams Work have a list of items that they need on a regular basis?

Yes, we do. We can always use help in supplying disposable products, such as:

  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Disposable Items
  • Plates, Cups, Utensils
  • Paper Towels, Napkins
  • Bed Pads
  • Wipes
  • Sheets - Twin Size
  • Towels
  • Latex-Free Gloves
  • Art Supplies

A Parent's Testimony

Dreams work Family

Dreams Work is an amazing program that we've been part of since the beginning.

Melissa has the opportunity to have friends and a chance to take many field trips out into the community.

The staff at Dreams Work is group of caring and wonderful individuals!

While Dreams Work is so important and wonderful for Melissa, it's a program that is so beneficial and necessary for parents too.

The Bottiger Family

A Dreams Work Family

Dreams List

Our Dreams List consists of a variety of disposable and specialty items that help us provide high-quality experiences for our clients. Thank you for your donations!

  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Plates
  • Cups
  • Utensils
  • Paper Towels
  • Napkins
  • Bed Pads
  • Wipes
  • Sheets - Twin Size
  • Towels
  • Latex-Free Gloves
  • Art Supplies
  • DVDs or Blu-Rays Movies
  • Clean Recliners - We just received 4 new ones, thanks to Don Jarsulic! But we can always use more!
  • CD's
  • Books
  • Books on Tape/CD
  • Karaoke Machine
  • Games
  • Sensory Items - Vibrating toys or massagers.
  • AMC Gift Cards
  • Restaurant Gift Cards

Our Purpose

Improving the quality of life for adults with special needs, assisting caregivers with the challenges of providing care and hope for adults with disabilities.

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