Olmstead Celebration June 22, 2011 Click here for full video of the event.
No apologies for exercising my rights
The 12th Anniversary Celebration of the Olmstead decision was held Wednesday June 22. It was on the grounds of the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site in Topeka. More than 150 people from all walks of life and corners of the state gathered to not only celebrate this historic and landmark decision, but to start a revolution.
Stephanie Sanford with the Kansas Association of Centers for Independent Living (KACIL) start the afternoon of activities with a straight forward approach, "It's about time the Olmstead Decision came to Kansas."
The President of the board of directors with KACIL, Shari Coatney addressed the crowd next. She express hoe it is our responsibility to ensure that people's rights are exercised. She explained that KACIL has written the Governor and the State of Kansas to request a copy of the states Olmstead plan. In response to this request she asked the crowd, "What do you think we got?"
The crowd cried out, "Nothing!"
Shari, "Your right. There isn't one. But we have a plan; and it is to demand a plan."
Direct Link to the video is http://www.skilonline.com/images/stories/2011/20110622-olmstead.wmv
December 12th was a good day for SKIL'sters we have two new grandparents.
A granddaughter for Evelyn Peak, Program Coordinator for the Family Peace Initiative/Alternatives to Battering
She writes, "I am finally a Grandma. Please bare with me. First grandchild."
Granddaughter: Eden Emmeline Peak,
Born 12/12/11 at 3:30 pm - 7lbs. 4 oz 21 ¼ “ long.
Rodney Summers from Chanute an avid ADAPT member also became a Grandpa on December 12th for the first time.
Grandson: Daniel Jeremiah Lawrence
Born 12/12/11 at 6:49 p.m - 7lbs 8.6 oz 19 1/2 in.
Chanute SKIL office held their annual Holiday and Customer Appreciation dinner Friday December 16, 2011. The Zion Lutheran church Family Life Center was a perfect location as people from all over came together.
Elisa Savala played guitar and sang Christmas carols with the children and adults. Santa and his helper made a special appearance handing gifts to all the children. Door prizes were given ranging from gift cards to holiday decorations. It was a family style event. The 100 folks that attended had a great evening.
Neosho County Coalition met and discussed with those attending upcoming changes in services.
Awards were given to all attendees the awards said "Speak up, Speak loud, Speak proud".
Dear Customers and DSW's(Direct Support Workers): The State has put a new service into place. It is called Kansas AuthentiCare. This will allow the attendants to call in their times. The call needs to come from the customers phone.
We do expect the timesheets to be filled out and sent in as normal. We may be able to eliminate timesheets in the future, but they are our only guarantee to assure the DSW's get paid for now.
Please find the instructions at this link. SKIL Fiscal Agent will be sending the DSW's key chains with their ID # when the State assigns them. If you have any questions about this, please give your TCM or SKIL Fiscal Agent a call.
We are all learning this new system together. Remember, we need you to continue to use the timesheets to assure we have your information and can get you paid for the hours you are working.
On Monday January 9th, 2012 DSWs will have the option to start using the KS AuthentiCare system. On Monday January 16th DSWs will be required to start using the system.
SKIL has been working hard to stay on top of things so that we can make the transition as easy as possible for our costomers, their families, and their Direct Support Workers (DSWs).
Activity Codes for Personal Assistant Services (T1019) in MR/DD Waiver and Personal Services (s5126) in the PD and TBI Waivers at the read more icon.