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The Jones Decision

Kentuckians with intellectual or developmental disabilities can now appeal their category of need placement on the Supports for Community Living (SCL) Waiver waiting list. The Franklin Circuit Court has ruled that the SCL regulation section that prohibited category of need placement appeals did not comply with Kentucky statutes regarding administrative hearings or the Federal Medicaid Act. The Cabinet for Health and Family Services’ decision to deny Fred Jones emergency SCL status made it impossible for him to access SCL services so he remained at a halfway house just long enough to be sent back to prison based on a parole violation directly related to his disability. The Court said “[e]ligibility for Medicaid medical assistance services is meaningless without emergency category of need status, and without the ability to appeal a category of need determination, an eligible applicant’s right to be furnished medical assistance with reasonable promptness is infringed without being afforded a fair hearing.” Fred currently receives supports via the SCL Waiver.  The “Jones Rule” is now final as no appeal was filed.

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The Bratcher Decision – Kentucky Court of Appeals

The Kentucky Court of Appeals adopted the reasoning of the Franklin Circuit Court and affirmed that the Cabinet for Health and Family Services cannot use the intellectual disability definition to exclude individuals with developmental disabilities from the Supports for Community Living Waiver. The Court of Appeals quoted the Franklin Circuit Court: “The Cabinet exceeded its statutory powers by grafting the regulation’s mental retardation IQ requirement onto the definition of developmental disability. There is no properly promulgated regulation which requires an individual who qualifies for the SCL Waiver on the basis of developmental disability to show first that he also meets the regulation’s definition of mental retardation.” The Court of Appeals decision is final. A motion to publish the decision is pending.
Click here for the Court of Appeal's decision

Click here for the Franklin Circuit Court's decision

Our Mission:

To protect and promote the rights of Kentuckians with disabilities through legally based individual and systemic advocacy, and education.

Who we are and what we do

Protection and Advocacy (P&A) is an independent state agency that was designated by the Governor as the protection and advocacy agency for Kentucky. P&A's staff includes professional advocates and attorneys. We are advocates working together with people who have disabilities to promote and protect their legal rights. Through our information and referral services, we try to answer questions about your rights under disability laws.

When Should I Call P&A
Online Intake Form
Public Comment Form - Please print out and Fax to 502-564-0848

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Kentucky Protection & Advocacy

Kentucky Protection and Advocacy (P&A), a client-directed legal rights agency mandated by federal and state law to protect and promote the rights of persons with disabilities, seeks a director. 

P&A, established in 1977, as the result of federal legislation, provides advocacy services in areas that include abuse and neglect, access to appropriate services and supports, including special education, access to government benefits, and other disability related issues.

P&A is an independent state agency attached, for administrative purposes only, to the Department of Public Advocacy, within the Justice Cabinet of Kentucky State Government.

P&A possesses an exceptional team of professional administrative staff, passionate advocates, and expert attorneys.

P&A receives advice, input, and guidance from its two advisory bodies: the Protection & Advocacy for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities (PADD) Advisory Board and the Protection & Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness (PAIMI) Advisory Council.

Desired qualifications include:

1. Considerable knowledge of current philosophy and best practices in the areas of cross disability from birth to death.

2. Considerable knowledge of the primary federal and state programs which provide funding mechanisms for services and supports for individuals with disabilities.

3. A record of accomplishment in disability or other civil rights advocacy

4. Leadership skills, including the ability to establish coalitions and partnerships with persons with disabilities, their families and other advocacy organizations.

5. Strong analytical skills, excellent writing and public speaking skills, and experience with the media.

6. An understanding of the executive agencies within state government and familiarity with disability related agencies and organizations, both at a state and national level.

7. A demonstrated ability of previous work with state and federal legislators.

8. A college degree in a disability related field or a field relevant to the delivery of advocacy services to persons with disabilities.  A minimum of five years supervisory/management experience is required, preferably in the administration of a disability advocacy or other legal advocacy program, or the administration of a public interest law firm.

This position, subject to the approval and appointment of the Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, is an unclassified/non-merit employment position.

The position is based at the P&A central office located in Frankfort, Kentucky.

All interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter by 3/14/14 to:


                                                Kentucky Protection & Advocacy

                                                P&A Director Search Committee

                                                c/o Melissa Bowman

                                                100 Fair Oaks Lane

                                                Third Floor

                                                Frankfort, KY.  40601


Kentucky P&A is an affirmative action employer and people with disabilities, minorities, and women are encouraged to apply.


Kentucky P&A was one of the three P&As (there are a total of 57 protection & advocacy systems across the country) honored at the 2013 Annual Conference sponsored by the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN), the umbrella organization to which all 57 P&As belong.

NDRN’s mission is to promote the integrity and capacity of the P&A and CAP national network and to advocate for the enactment and vigorous enforcement of laws protecting civil and human rights of people with disabilities.

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