Secretary Sullivan

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As Secretary for the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services, Shawn Sullivan heads a $1.6 billion dollar state agency. He gladly embraces the responsibility of promoting the security, dignity and independence of older adults and persons with disabilities.

The Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS) is a cabinet level agency, employing 2,650 people. KDADS is responsible for overseeing and administering the stateís Older Americanís Act programs, behavioral health programs, home and community based services (HCBS) for older adults and persons with disabilities, the management and oversight of five state hospitals, survey and certification for adult care homes and the distribution of Medicaid long-term care payments.

Secretary Sullivan was appointed by Governor Sam Brownback in January 2011 to head the Kansas Department on Aging (KDOA). He led KDOA through one of the largest executive reorganizations in state history. On July 1, KDOA became KDADS.

He also played an integral part in the development of KanCare, which is Governor Brownbackís Medicaid reform plan implemented in January 2013. KanCare provides integrated and coordinated care for the 350,000 Kansans served by Medicaid programs. Secretary Sullivan launched the planning and implementation for several system reforms in KanCare including, conflict-free eligibility determination, conflict-free HCBS case management, expansion of Aging and Disability Resource Centers, and expansion of the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE).

Prior to his appointment, Secretary Sullivan served Kansas in various roles related to aging and health care delivery services. His experience spans two decades. He was the administrator and executive director of four different aging service providers in Kansas. The Secretary helped lead the way for transforming senior-living communities from traditional institutions to residential homes where elders make decisions about their own lives. Three communities he led were recognized by the Kansas Department on Aging for their efforts in culture change and person-centered care.

Secretary Sullivan holds a bachelorís degree in business administration and secondary major in gerontology from Kansas State University and a masterís degree in gerontology from the University of North Texas. He is active in a number of boards and task forces including serving as a Member of the Kansas Health and Human Services Sub-Cabinet, the Governorís Childhood Poverty Task Force, the Governorís Crime Reduction Initiative Task Force, the Justice Reinvestment in Kansas Steering Team, Kansas Works State Board, Healthy Kansans 2020 Steering Committee and Ex-Officio Member of the Kansas Commission on Disabilities. Secretary Sullivan received a Public Advocacy Award from the Kansas State University College of Human Ecology in 2012 and a Public Service Award from the National PACE Association in 2013.

Secretary Sullivan is a native of Rose Hill, Kansas. He and his wife Jenny have four children ó Drew, Grace, Brooke and Claire.

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