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“This Is My Family”

Spohn Retires After 22 Years At SKIL, Returns To Volunteer

PamSpohn-250By Nancy G. Holman

It was 1993 and Pam Spohn was job-hunting after finishing an 11-year stint as a Social and Rehabilitation Services (SRS) food stamp caseworker. (SRS is now called the Department for Children and Families, or DCF).

“My Mom saw an ad for SKIL in a weekly newspaper that came out of Chanute,” said Spohn, then 39 and living in Fredonia. “I wasn’t working, so I needed to find a job.” SKIL is a multi-faceted independent living center that serves persons with disabilities in Kansas. Headquartered in Parsons, it has branch offices at various other locations in the state.

Spohn was hired for the Parsons front office, beginning a wide-ranging, memorable career that would span 22 years. She retired recently from the popular independent living center that, by her own admission, she cannot long avoid.

Recalling her long career as SKIL’s first employee after returning as a volunteer, Spohn reflected on the agency and its people she has served with her own brand of unswerving dedication, loyalty and love.

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Applications being taken for Advocates in Disability award program

The ADA Program is seeking the next generation of disability advocates!
Young leaders with a disability are encouraged to apply for up to $10,000 in funding

The Advocates in Disability Award (ADA) program awards and encourages a young adult with a disability between the ages of 14 and 26 who is dedicated to positively affecting the lives of individuals with disabilities and their families. The program also supports an innovative project developed by the recipient to serve and empower individuals with disabilities.

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The vote is this week! Restraint & seclusion in schools

Substitute for HB 2170 will be voted on THIS WEEK in the full Kansas House. This bill finally addresses the concerns of parents and the disability community regarding the use of the dangerous tactics of restraint and seclusion in public schools.

We have been trying for 10 years to get these problems addressed. This bill will finally adequately address this problem. This bill is a compromise. The underlying policy was originally written by staff at the Kansas State Department of Education. The bill is based on the current regulations, but it fixes the flaws in that policy. It provides the statutory structure to effectively address this problems once and for all.

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Certain Medicaid waiver payments may be excludable from income

IRS logoOn January 3, 2014, the IRS issued Notice 2014-7 addressing the income tax treatment of certain payments to an individual care provider under a state Home and CommunityBased Services Waiver (Medicaid waiver) program.

The notice provides that the IRS will treat “qualified Medicaid waiver payments” as difficulty of care payments excludable from gross income under § 131 of the Internal Revenue Code.

For purposes of the notice, qualified Medicaid waiver payments are payments by a state, a political subdivision of a state, or a certified Medicaid provider under a Medicaid waiver program to an individual care provider for nonmedical support services provided under a plan of care to an individual (whether related or unrelated) living in the individual care provider’s home.

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Applications accepted for Advocates in Disability award program

The Advocates in Disability Award (ADA) program awards and encourages a young adult with a disability between the ages of 14 and 26 who is dedicated to positively affecting the lives of individuals with disabilities and their families. The program also supports an innovative project developed by the recipient to serve and empower individuals with disabilities.

The ADA is a joint program of The HSC Foundation and the Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation.

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February 15 is the deadline to get 2015 health coverage

healthcare-govIt’s time to get covered for 2015. The final Open Enrollment deadline to sign up for 2015 coverage is Feb. 15. If people miss that deadline, they will likely have to wait to sign up for coverage until the next open enrollment season, with coverage starting in 2016.

As we near the deadline for Open Enrollment, we encourage you to join the millions of Americans who have already gotten affordable, high quality health coverage through the Marketplace and get covered today.

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