• EXPERIENCE: Started in 1993, Life Patterns was one of the first payroll agents in Kansas

  • KNOWLEDGE:  We network at the state & federal level to keep informed of state-of-the-art FMS Services

  • UNDERSTANDING:  When things get confusing for you, we take the time to explain and walk you through the options

  • TIMELY INFORMATION:  Our newsletter keeps you informed as changes and challenges happen.

  • FUTURE PLANNING:  Our knowledge of Kansas HCBS Services (including Limited Licenses) can help you brainstorm as you look towards the future 


It can be very confusing to figure out the funding systems for a person with a disability. Add that to the day-to-day responsibility of providing support, and it can all be overwhelming. ​You can find help at Life Patterns.

Formed in 1993 by Doug and Patty Gerdel and two other families. Life Patterns was the first billing/payroll agent in Kansas for Intellectual/ Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) services. From that three family beginning in Topeka, the services of Life Patterns have increased to assist families across Kansas. Life Patterns provides Financial Management Services for medicaid waivers and Limited License businesses. Life Patterns withholds all applicable Federal, State and Social Security taxes for the individual worker as well as providing worker's compensation insurance, liability and unemployment insurance as required by law.

The purpose of Life Patterns is to promote quality life styles for persons with a disability through the provision of service administration individualized planning. The overall philosophy of Life Patterns is to emphasize opportunities of choice, person-centered planning, independence, integration, and inclusion into the community for persons with a disability. Life Patterns is a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit corporation in the state of Kansas assisting individuals with a disability and their parent or guardian who have chosen Medicaid Recipient Directed Care* as their service delivery system.

Five reasons you should select Life Patterns for your Financial Management Services: