SKIL was created by; is driven by; and is focused on persons with disabilities, their families, and communities. We provide Advocacy, Education, and Support with Customer Controlled services to break down and remove existing barriers and bridge social gaps to ensure and preserve Equality and Independence for all.


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SKIL staff will continue providing services while the offices are closed. Communication, during this time, will take place through phone, email or fax.
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Abuse; Neglect; Exploitation training video

Abuse; Neglect; Exploitation training video

Hi I am Dave Sorrick. I'm the Director of Development and Special Projects at SKIL Resource Center. I am also a Licensed Clinical Psychotherapist. Today I want to talk to you about the importance of keeping our customers safe. And safeguards that are in place in Kansas law to prevent abuse, neglect, and exploitation. Kansas law 306328 forbids abuse, neglect, and exploitation of our customers.

If you suspect abuse there is a 800 Hotline Number for you to call. That number is 1-800-922-5330. Any person served can call that number, or any family member loved one or care giver can call 1-800-922-5330

ABUSE is defined as:

Any act or failure to act performed intentionally or recklessly that causes or is likely to cause harm, including: infliction of physical or mental injury; sexual abuse; unreasonable use of physical or chemical restraints; isolation, medications; threats or menacing conduct; fiduciary abuse or omission or deprivation by a caretaker or another person of goods or services which are necessary to avoid physical or mental harm or illness.

I guess what we are saying here is that any act that is preformed carelessly or with intention  that causes harm or may cause harm could be considered to be abuse.

Certainly we expect our customers will be free from any type of physical or mental injury. Free from any type of sexual abuse. Free from the use of chemical restraints or isolation or any threats or conduct that would result in injury. Also any financial abuse or admission or deprivation by a care giver is neglect. Is also forbidden.

In the statute NEGLECT is defined as:

Failure or omission by one's self, caretaker or another person to provide goods or services which are reasonably necessary to ensure safety and well being and to avoid physical or mental ham or illness.

And EXPLOITATION is also defined in the statute as:

Misappropriation of an adult's property or intentionally taking unfair advantage of an adults physical or financial resources.

In your training packet you will be asked to sign a document that says you have read and understand this law. And that you agree not to engage in conduct that could be considered  abuse, neglect, or exploitation.

If you have any questions  contact one of the SKIL representatives at 1-800-688-5616. And to report abuse that important hotline number is 1-800-922-5330.

Thank you very much.

History of SKIL

History of SKIL
Shari Coatney, president and CEO of SKIL. shares a little about SKIL and its history.

The idea of a Southeast Kansas Center for Independent Living was mentioned during the 1991 Kansas Disability Caucus. The caucus occurs every two years in the State of Kansas. It’s a place where people with disabilities get together and share their focus and dreams
for what changes need to happen and what’s going on in the state. We’ve moved forward in the disability movement by the input that is gathered. At that caucus, there was a discussion about the underserved populations in Kansas that didn’t have access to services in SEK area. So, the idea of creating an independent living center in Southeast Kansas came to be.

From that point, a few people from Southeast Kansas who had significant disabilities got together and wrote a grant to the State of Kansas and became funded. So now, SKIL has existed and grown from that point on. The original grant was for $100,000 and the state's focus was for us to serve anywhere from 40 to 60, people with that $100,000. From that time, SKIL has grown to a much larger budget and we serve around 4000 people a year. Shari states that, "I think that no one had the expectation that we would grow this large and that the need was this great,
but apparently it was. We have been a very big part of moving the disability movement into Southeast Kansas and empowering people to grow."

SKIL has grown to serve the entire State of Kansas, for the most part, in many different aspects and become leaders in the disability movement as a whole and not just in Kansas but across the nation. We are very proud of that.

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