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.
...Another credit of up to $9,600 would be available for hiring veterans with service-connected disabilities who have been unemployed for more than six months.
The President signed into Law HR 674 which expands employment services to all Veterans through Dec. 31, 2012. ETA (Employment & Training Administration) will issue a TEGL (Training & Employment Guidance Letter) with information and guidance on forms and implementation of the new amendments and provisions in the coming weeks. As soon as additional information and guidance is received, we will pass it on to you.
Legislation to provide tax credits for hiring unemployed veterans (H.R. 674) passed the House by a vote of 422-0 last week. The legislation was approved by the Senate and provides a credit of $2,400 for hiring veterans who have been unemployed for at least four weeks, but less than six months, and another credit up to $5,600 for hiring veterans who have been jobless for at least six months. Another credit of up to $9,600 would be available for hiring veterans with service-connected disabilities who have been unemployed for more than six months.
Joyce Heiman, Work Opportunity Tax Credit Program Manager
More than 450 people attended the annual meeting of the SKIL Resource Center, based in Parsons Friday evening. The meeting was held on just prior to the International Day of Persons with Disabilities as proclaimed by President Barack Obama in renewal of dedication to embrace diversity, end discrimination, remove barriers, and uphold the rights, dignity, and equal opportunity of all people.
State Representative Rich Proehl welcomed those who attended the “My Home for the Holidays” Celebration that included a dinner, dance and door prizes. He commented, "We have come a long ways, but have a long ways to go. And I am asking for your help." Representative Proehl shared that the hardest barrier people with disabilities face is negative attitudes. He also commented that, "there were no negative attitudes he could find at the event."
The keynote speaker was Dr. Robert Harder, who was appointed as the first Secretary of Kansas Department of Social & Rehabilitation Services in 1973. He served in that position until 1987. He shared several role models of individuals that had heart and didn't give up as a result of their disability.
Dr. Harder was presented with a portrait of himself and his wife, Dottie created by local artist Skip Smith.
SKIL Chief Executive Officer Shari Coatney recognized board members of the non-profit organization. She said, "We have worked for 19 years and we continue to get stronger. It is so great to have my SKIL family together."
Ed Reynolds retiring board chairman was recognized and a number of awards were presented during the business session that included an election of officers.
- Michael Leachner Award – Rick Knight
- Internship Certificates-Daren Sorrick presented to Joe Riniger
- Most Courageous Patient – Mary Mustain
- Youth Award – Keenan Coatney
- John Spillman Spirit of Independence – Rocky Arb
- Believe and Achieve – Sarah Colyer
- Tom Robinson Proving by Doing – Julie Babcock
- Ron Garnett ADAPT – Percy Knudsen
- Bobbi Carter Spirit of Giving – Greg Krepps
- Marty Wooten Advocacy – Shannon Jones
- Gary Cantrell Excellence in Radio – Colt Smith
Retiring Board Members
- Edward Reynolds, 2011 Board Chair
- Jeanette Pruitt, 2011 Secretary – Treasurer
- Darlene Lomax, Board Member
- Marty Wooten, Board Member
2012 Board Officers
- John Kazmierski, Board Chair
- Janet Spillman, Vice Chair
- Nancy Varner, Secretary – Treasurer
2012 Board Members
- Elizabeth Brown
- Samuel Burnett
- Kathleen Cerne
- Olivia Lyons
- Susan Roberson
- Larry Smith
- Lori Wiesendanger
- Henry Williams