The Employment First Oversight Commission was established during the 2011 Kansas Legislative Session and became law on July 1, 2011. The Employment First law (K.S.A. 44-1136-38) details the duties and responsibilities of the oversight commission, sets as the official policy of the State of Kansas that competitive and integrated employment is the first option when serving people with disabilities, established definitions of "competitive" and "integrated" employment, and details the requirements of state agencies to conform to the law. This is a five member commission appointed by leaders of the House and Senate and the Governor.

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Rocky Nichols, Chair - Topeka
Barney Mayse, Vice-Chair - Overland Park
Sen. Dan Kerschen - Garden Plain
Shelia Nelson-Stout - Salina
Michael Donnelly - Topeka
Bob Hull - Wichita
Steve Gieber - Topeka


January 3, 9:00-10:00 am, 900 SW Jackson, Room 560, Topeka

2017 Meetings

January 5, Noon-3:00 pm, Lt. Governor's meeting room 281-S in the Statehouse (public entrance on north end of building on 8th street in Topeka.)

February 29, 2016 10:00 am. 
Handouts: Great Expectations Narrative
                 Great Expectations PowerPoint

October 9, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm, Room 560, Landon State Office Building, 900 SW Jackson, Topeka
Handouts: Agenda, July draft minutes, Employer Resources Committee Report, Employer resource links, Employment 1st Stakeholder Group Report, SSI EMPLOYMENT SUPPORT PILOT, InterHab Employment Services Recommendations; Data Committee Report

July 17, 2:30 - 5:00, Room 560, Landon State Office Building, 900 SW Jackson, Topeka
Handouts: 4/11 draft minutes, DCF Update on Implementation of Employment First, Agenda, Good for Business 2/14 final, and Subcabinet on Disability 6/4/2014 minutes




Data Resources