- Crystal Bell– Missouri Family to Family and Family LifeCourse Specialist; University of Missouri Kansas City, Institute for Human Development
- Joe Steffy– Founder of Poppin’ Joes Kettle Corn, featured in, and introducing a screening of “Bottom Dollars.”
- Jim Larson– CEO of Morningside Services, Olympia, WA
- A Conversation with the Kansas Secretaries
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by Andy Rausch and Joe Reinecker
SMILE is a new positive behavior support system SKIL has developed recently. SMILE is an acronym that stands for Successful Manageable Inclusion Leadership and Encouraging. The concept was first brought to CEO Shari Coatney's attention by SKIL Special Projects Coordinator John Stacy Denham, who had read about Fortune 500 companies adopting similar programs.
“I had originally talked to Shari Coatney about setting it up with the kid's program, and when she heard about the positive behavior support I was interested in putting together for that, she thought that was something we could do system-wide, completely across the board,” explains Denham.
“Basically what it does is it sets up positive behaviors you want to see and it rewards people for that as opposed to coming down on people for breaking the rules.” The concept behind SMILE is that it establishes a shared language and verbiage that all customers and employees at SKIL can use. For example, Information and Referral Specialist Heather House recently coined the term SKILsters for customers and representatives, and the term has since caught on.
The idea behind SMILE is to enforce inclusion and to make everyone feel they are part of a collective family at SKIL. According to Denham, the introductory SMILE project was handing out little cut-out smiley faces to people who were smiling as an attempt to reward desirable behavior.
Alliance for Healthy Kansans sponsored
a Rally at the State Capitol on April 3rd at 2:00p.m.
The issue was "Expand Kancare!"
Many organizations and entities from around the State were represented there.
When it comes to health care in Kansas, the question is simple: Should everyone be able to receive adequate care?
And the answer is simple: YES.
Yet, the Kansas Legislature continues to drag their feet in expanding KanCare, despite the fact that an overwhelming majority of Kansas voters support expansion. And what’s worse is that they’ve now taken to blocking any discussion of expansion -- or any other bills that could improve KanCare.
This is unacceptable.
Legislators who support expansion outnumber those who don’t by nearly 2 to 1. But doing nothing gets the same end-result as a vote against Expansion.
Health care for more than 150,000 Kansas who fall into the coverage gap is on the line. And blocking debate on other bills to improve KanCare impacts more than 400,000 Kansans who are already in the program.