The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) in partnership with the Kansas Health Foundation (KHF) has awarded the community of Parsons funds to enhance our summer food program while offering fun health education opportunities and community gardening projects. NRPA’s Serving Communities 2012 grants are to help increase the number of children receiving healthy meals and nutritional education during the out-of- school times. Click here for Calendar
Parsons District Schools has for several years sponsored a summer food program at many of our schools. This year we are joining with the Parsons Recreation Commission (PRC), Rector Center at Labette Health, Parsons Theatre and the Church Women United (CWU) Bookmobile Program to offer a Summer Food and Fun Program in Parsons. Breakfast meals will be available at the Parsons Middle School, Arvon Phillips Community Center, Rector Center and the Community Garden. Lunches will be served at the Parsons Middle School, Forest Park, Glenwood Park and Lincoln School. Alternate sites have been established for inclement weather.
A new online resource is available to help answer farm safety and health questions. eXtension, a national research and educational based website supported by 74 land grant universities, has launched a website specifically for Farm Safety and Health (http://www.extension.org/farm_safety_and_health).
The new Community of Practice, Farm and Ranch eXtension for Safety and Health (acronym is FReSH), is a refreshing resource needed for today's farming population. Besides providing answers to frequently asked farm safety questions, this site also contains relevant articles on a variety of safety and health topics, and a calendar of farm safety events. "Our goal is to become a one stop clearinghouse for all agricultural safety and health information," said Aaron Yoder, a Community of Practice leader for this site.
Take time now to visit the site and see the variety of topics available and read several of the posted articles for this season. Go ahead and bookmark the site for quick reference to future questions that may come up throughout the year.
Please be advised that the State will be doing a call survey to all the PD(Physical Disability) waiver waiting list customers. The survey is scheduled to start Monday the 4th. This survey will be conducted by a call center out of Hays, KS.
Questions will be directed towards asking the people about their preferences in using HCBS or Home and Community Based Services. SKIL has been informed by Susan Fault that they will be asking them if they were offered HCBS services would they use them.
The concerns about this call program is that customers will be confused by the call.
- First they may assume they are being offered services. This is not the case.
- Secondly they may not understand what is being asked by this outside agency.
SKIL is not being told the purpose for the survey or the other questions that may be asked. Customers that are called by the survey agency in Hays, can call any SKIL office if they have questions. There has not been any information released about the State of Kansas actually changing its current policy and assisting people on the waiting list. Current understand of the survey is to see if the waiting list numbers are correct and may have to do with the Department of Justice (DOJ) Olmstead lawsuit.
Again if you have questions or would like more information contact SKIL at the administration office in Parsons, 800-688-5616 or the SKIL office nearest you.
The State of Kansas as a way to implement KanCare is asking the federal government to lift some of its current Medicaid restrictions. The State is asking for approval for a 1115 demonstration waiver to develop and implement by 2013 an integrated care system, “KanCare,” to provide Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) services, including long term services and supports (LTSS)*, through managed care to all beneficiaries.
The State of Kansas has submitted its 1115 demonstration application to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and it will take public comments 30 days. Please take the time to comment on the KanCare proposal and let CMS know your opinion regarding the plan. There are a few things to know about how to use this site:
The CMS public comment forum is much like a “talk back” section for online media, which includes a social media component, i.e. you can ‘vote’ for or concur with others’ posted comments. Please note that you can concur a maximum of ten times.
Further, please note that your comments are limited to 5,000 words. It is important to be concise in sharing your concerns with CMS. https://cmsideas.uservoice.com/forums/161089-section-1115-demonstrations-kansas-kancare-new
If you would like to read the State of Kansas’ full 1115 Waiver Submission, it can be found at the following link: http://www.medicaid.gov/Medicaid-CHIP-Program-Information/By-Topics/Waivers/1115/downloads/ks/ks-kancare-pa.pdf
*long term support services (LTSS) includes services for the intellectually disabled or developmentally disabled.
Today May 15, the U.S. Department of Education issued a publication that outlines principles for educators, parents and other stakeholders to consider when developing or refining policies and procedures to support positive behavioral interventions and avoid the use of restraint and seclusion.
The goal of this resource document is to help ensure that schools are safe and healthy environments where all students can learn, develop and participate in instructional programs that promote high levels of academic achievement.
“As education leaders, our first responsibility must be to make sure that schools foster learning in a safe environment for all of our children and teachers,” U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said. “I believe this document is an important step toward this goal. I also want to salute leaders in Congress for their vigilance on this issue.”
The 15 principles that frame the document ultimately highlight how schoolwide behavioral interventions can significantly reduce or eliminate the use of restraint or seclusion. These guiding principles offer states, districts and other education leaders a framework for developing appropriate policies related to restraint and seclusion to ensure the safety of adults and children.
“Ultimately, the standard for educators should be the same standard that parents use for their own children,” Duncan added. “There is a difference between a brief time out in the corner of a classroom to help a child calm down and locking a child in an isolated room for hours. This really comes down to common sense.”
The document also provides a synopsis of ongoing efforts by federal agencies to address national concerns about using restraint and seclusion in schools, and includes links to state restraint and seclusion policies and procedures.
To access this document, click here http://www.ed.gov/policy/restraintseclusion.