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Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services
Contact Information
275 E. Main Street 4WG
Frankfort, KY 40621
Phone: (502) 564-4456
Fax: (502) 564-9010
Hours: Monday–Friday
8:00 am–4:30 pm ET

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Program Administrator
Michelle Niehaus
(502) 782-6181 (Voice)
(502) 385-0460 (VP)

Advisory Committee on the Need for Services for Deaf or Hard of Hearing Persons

The Advisory Committee was established in the 1990s to bring together state leaders, community organizations, and deaf or hard of hearing individuals to address the lack of services for the population. Sixteen members meet quarterly to discuss services at DBHDID and to recommend how to address ongoing gaps.

This committee is committed to performing its duty to advise the department of the need for particular services for persons who are deaf and hard of hearing. In accordance with KRS 210.031 (see Related Links), the Advisory Committee prepares a biennial report which:

  • Describes the mental health, developmental and intellectual disabilities, and substance use services, as well as other accommodations made accessible to persons who are deaf and hard of hearing.
  • Reports the number of deaf and hard of hearing persons served.
  • Identifies additional service needs for the deaf and hard of hearing.
  • Identifies a plan to address unmet service needs and long-term goals.

To apply to participate in the Advisory Committee please access, complete and return the "Membership Application" listed in the Related Links box.

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