KDADS outlines efforts to educate consumers about incorporating HCBS for individuals with I/DD into KanCare
TOPEKA – The Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS) has announced detailed plans for continuing consumer outreach, communication and training efforts in preparation for incorporating long-term services and supports (Home and Community Based Services, or HCBS) for individuals with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) into KanCare. An outline of these efforts was unveiled Monday at a meeting of the KanCare Legislative Oversight Committee.
“We remain committed to providing KanCare’s I/DD consumers with as much information as possible before their HCBS services are included in KanCare,” Secretary Sullivan said. “We realize that anticipation of this change has caused anxiety for some individuals with I/DD and we are working to make it as seamless and stress-free as possible, and to provide reassurance that their services will continue to be provided to them without interruption.”
PARSONS, Kan. – On Tuesday, the President of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary for Brown-Bishop Post 704 in Parsons Patricia Chrisman and Senior Vice President Sherri Anderson, who also chairs the Americanism committee, presented the CEO of the SKIL Resource Center Shari Coatney with a Certificate of Patriotism.
Chrisman noted SKIL is being recognized for showing the American flag while providing service to the community. The certificate is presented in conjunction with the Americanism “Wake Up America” program to promote patriotism in the community.
A recent report from a Direct Support Worker indicated she had received a phone call stating "We are with law enforcement and that a summons and had been issued at the SKIL Office" The scammers then try to persuade the person to give them their debit card stating the need to pay an old fine or she would go to jail. Contact your local law enforcement if you feel you are in such a situation. Do not share any banking or pay card information without first having proof of identity. Don't be scammed.
PARSONS, Kan. -- The SKIL Resource Center, based in Parsons, has contracted with the University of Kansas to administer the Kansas Assistive Technology Loan Program.
Federal and state funds are utilized to help individuals with chronic health problems or disabilities obtain a variety of equipment that can be used at home, school or on the job.
Jeannette Grau was recently hired to manage the financial empowerment program. She will be working with personnel at AT access sites, located in Oakley, Salina, Wichita, Topeka and Parsons. Sara Sack is the director of the statewide Assistive Technology Program and Sheila Simmons is the coordinator. SKIL oversees two of the five AT access sites in Kansas.
Since mid September the State of Kansas has been working to reach more than 650 people currently on the Home and Community Based Waiver programs for people with Physical and Developmental Disabilities. If you are person with a disability and are currently on the waiting list, the State of Kansas may be trying to make contact with you.
SKIL Resource center has advocates located throughout the state and can help you with finding out your status on the waiting list. The state is currently trying to make contact with 650 people on the list.
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback, along with Lt. Governor Jeff Colyer, M.D., and Secretary of Health and Environment Robert Moser, M.D., announced that savings from care coordination under the new KanCare Medicaid program will bring in-home services to hundreds of additional people with physical and intellectual/developmental disabilities.