Check out the March 2013 issue of the SKIL Newsletter. CLICK HERE to READ NOW.
In this issue of the SKIL Newsletter, there is a review of the Annual Meeting and Dinner -- complete with a listing of award winners.
Also, more information on recent changes at SKIL as well as an open letter from the Kansas Lieutenant Governor and Kansas House Minority Leader about the KanCare transition.
All of that and more, just download the pdf CLICK HERE.
FYI- Following is a link on the KanCare website to the KanCare “issues log” that gets updated every day. You may already know about this, but thought I would pass it on in case you don’t.
The log includes the questions and corresponding answers that come up each morning on the rapid response calls. Have a great weekend.
Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services
503 S. Kansas Ave
Topeka, KS 66603
Office: (785) 296-5222
Visit our website at: www.kdads.ks.gov
Visit our KanCare website at: www.kancare.ks.gov
SKIL Advocates for people that have disabilites at the local, state, and national levels.
This year the Iowa SILC, the seven Iowa Centers for Independent Living, and other partners came together in an organized effort to obtain state funding for Iowa Centers for Independent Living. The result was $250,000 in state funding for Iowa CILs, the first time that state funding has ever been obtained for Centers!
Iowa CILs are severely underfunded, mainly because they only receive federal IL funding, which is based on state population. Since Iowa has such a small population, Iowa receives a much smaller amount of IL funding than many other states. Five of the seven CILs receive less than $100,000 to operate. Most CILs operate with 2 or less full time equivalent staff. The first priority in the new Iowa SPIL was to obtain state funding to strengthen existing CIL operations, to bring them up to a Minimum Operational Funding Level. While Centers actually needed about $750,000 to accomplish this, the $250,000 is a great start, and will help them to each hire an additional part-time staff to more adequately serve Iowans with disabilities in their service areas.
Senator Bob Dvorsky, Senator Mike Gronstal, and Representative Ro Foege were instrumental in helping to find state funding for Centers this year! The disability community is very grateful that they and other legislators LISTENED to our voices, HEARD our voices, and TOOK ACTION to meet the needs of the Iowa Disability / Independent Living Community!