Mandy Smith, Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist, will be presenting at the Chase County Health Department on May 1st.  The presentation will begin at 1:00pm and last approximately an hour.  Mandy will be explaining what the iKan-RCIL program does and the services it provides along with showing pieces of assistive technology.  Anyone who has a vision loss or anyone who works with people who have a vision loss is welcome to attend.

iKan-RCIL serves individuals who are 55 years and older and who are blind or have low vision, so this program will be focused on that age group.

Chase County Health Department
301 S. Walnut
Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845

If you have questions please call (785) 267-1717.

iKan-RCIL is funded by Kansas Rehabilitation and Services and covers 23 counties in Kansas.

iKan-RCIL will be hosting a low vision fair in Fort Scott on April 2nd.  The fair will consist of Dr. Mitchell and Dr. Foulk speaking about eye health, diseases and conditions along with Audio Reader, Talking Books, Assistive Technology for Kansans (ATK), and iKan-RCIL speaking about their program and services.  Assistive technology equipment will be available for hands-on demonstrations.

The fair will be held at the Fort Scott Housing Authority/Scott View Apartments (315 Scott Ave. Fort Scott, KS 66701) from 1:00-3:00pm.  If you have questions please call Mandy Smith at (877) 719-1717.

iKan-RCIL is a program for individuals who are 55 years and older who are blind or have low vision.  iKan-RCIL is funded by Kansas Rehabiliation and Services and covers 23 counties in Kansas.

 

The Resource Center for Independent Living (RCIL) is celebrating the 23rd Anniversary of the signing of the American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA) at several events and locations throughout the month of July.

When President Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act into law –the world’s first comprehensive civil rights law for people with disabilities– in front of 3,000 people on the White House lawn on July 26, 1990, the event represented an historical benchmark and a milestone in America’s commitment to full and equal opportunity for all of its citizens.  The ADA reflects a recognition that the surest path to America’s continued vitality, strength and vibrancy is through the full realization of the contributions of all of its citizens.

The celebrations will coincide with monthly RCIL Friends group meetings and include free hot dogs and additional information about the ADA. “We hope to help bring awareness to the importance of the ADA and other legislation that places value on the lives and contributions of persons with disabilities.” said Adam Burnett, RCIL Director of Core Services.  The public is invited and encouraged to attend.

July 10th 1:00pm at High Rise Apartments in Fort Scott

July 12th 12:30pm at Park Place Apartments in Osage City.

July 23rd 1:00pm at Magic Circle Apartments in Eureka.

July 23rd 1:00pm at Townhouse Apartments in Iola.

July 24th 1:00pm at the RCIL office in El Dorado.

July 26th 1:00pm at the Senior Center in Paola.

July 29th 1:30pm at the Broadview Towers Apartments in Emporia.

About RCIL and Friends groups

RCIL’s mission statement:  “RCIL is committed to working with individuals, families, and communities to promote independent living and individual choice to persons with disabilities.”  RCIL provides the five core services of independent living (Advocacy, Independent Living Skills Training, Peer Support, Information & Referral, and De-Institutionalization) to 15 counties throughout Eastern Kansas.  Friends group meetings are for individuals who have, or have experienced, a disability and are held monthly in El Dorado, Emporia, Eureka, Fort Scott, Iola, Osage City, and Paola.  Friends group members share, advocate, and learn information on disability related topics.  Please contact your local RCIL office for more information.

Mark your calendar!

The Assistive Technology for Kansans (ATK) AT Expo for 2012 will be on September 27th from 1:00pm to 7:00pm and September 28th 7:30am to 4:00pm.

The 2 day event will be held in Wichita this year at the Wichita Hyatt – Century II.  The theme for this year’s AT Expo is “Imagine the Possibilities:  Active Living, Learning and working with AT.”

There will be over 90 exhibits of assistive technology, durable medical equipment and solutions for home, school and work.

To get your free admission ticket call (800) KAN-DOIT or (800) 526-3648.  ATK will begin giving out free admission tickets on July 1st.  Also, ATK will be offering scholarships for travel and hotel expenses to eligible consumers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Due to home and community based services, Ross is able to live at his own home. Watch this video as he tells his own story.

Kansas AuthentiCare/Electronic Visit Verification(EVV) will begin for all waiver services including Personal Services and Sleep Cycle Support for the Physically Disabled(PD) and Traumatic Brain Injury(TBI) waivers effective Sunday, March 4, 2012.

Please make certain that RCIL (or your FMS provider) has your correct telephone and/or cell phone numbers. Please report any updates to an RCIL EVV Specialist at 1-877-929-7655. See the instructions below to utilize the EVV system and check out our KS AuthentiCare/EVV FAQ page.

EVV Instructions

For your DSW to check in and out there are important things for you to remember:

  1. When your DSW arrives at your home they need to check-in each day by calling 1-800-903-4676 from YOUR home telephone or cell phone. NOTE: The sleep cycle support option will have changed from #1 to #2. The DSW will need to select from the list of services available.
  2. Before your DSWs leave your home they need to check-out each day by calling 1-800-903-4676. The DSW will need to enter the activity code of the services performed.
  3. While it is a good idea for you and your DSWs to keep your own written record of the hours worked, your DSWs will not turn in a paper timesheet to RCIL for time worked starting on Sunday, March 4, 2012 and thereafter.
  4. By State policy you MUST allow your DSWs to use your home phone or cell phone for the EVV process. If, for whatever reason, this does not occur, corrective action may be taken including the termination of your right to self-direct your care or closure of services.
  5. If you do not have a phone in your home or a cell phone, you may be eligible for reduced monthly phone service through the Kansas Lifeline/Link Up Telephone Service. To find out if you are eligible, you may contact your local telephone company or call 1-888-641-8722 for more information. If you receive a phone through Kansas Lifeline/Link UP, please contact RCIL at 1-877-929-7655 to report your new phone number and it will be entered into the EVV system.

RCIL has a longstanding history of providing superior customer service and superb payroll services. Thank you for the opportunity to work with you and support you in self-directing your services. If you have any questions or concerns, please call the payroll help desk between 8:00 am – 4:00 pm Monday–Friday at 1-877-929-7655 to speak with an EVV Specialist.

The State of Kansas has delayed the start of the KS Authenticare (also known as electronic visit verification or EVV) for “Personal Services” through the PD and TBI waivers.

We will notify you with the new start date as soon as we receive it from the state. EVV for “Sleep Cycle Support” will start on January 9, 2012.

RCIL’s conversion to weekly payroll will continue as planned. Time worked between January 1 – January 7 is due by the end of business on January 9 and every Monday thereafter. Any timesheets received after Monday will be processed with the next week’s payroll. For example, if you turn in a timesheet for Jan. 1- 7 on Jan. 9, you will get paid on Jan.20. If timesheets are received after Jan. 9, the earliest pay date would be Jan. 27.

Questions? Call the RCIL payroll help desk between the hours of
8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday – Friday at 1-877-929-7655 and select option #2 to speak to an EVV Specialist.

KS Authenticare (EVV) will start on January 9th for all other waivered services (FE, TA, DD) and sleep cycle support for the PD and TBI waivers.

KS AuthentiCare/EVV Implementation Update

Categorized: Programs and Services, RCIL Updates

In a reversal of the previous decision to delay Kansas AuthentiCare/EVV implementation, the latest word from KDOA/SRS is that EVV will be implemented as originally planned on 1/9/2012. We will strive to keep you updated if there are further changes. Please check our website to stay informed.

 

THIS INFORMATION HAS CHANGED PLEASE CHECK OUT THIS LINK FOR ACCURATE INFORMATION!

It was just announced (the evening of 12/29) that KDOA and SRS have decided to delay the implementation of Kansas AuthentiCare/EVV until 6:00am January 16th, 2012. This change is to allow more time for providers, consumers, and Direct Support Workers to prepare for the transition. Please check out our EVV page for more information regarding Kansas AuthentiCare/EVV.

 

 

In Kansas (and several other states), certain people may be income-eligible to receive a free cell phone and limited minutes at no cost.

If you are not currently enrolled in another Lifeline program (meaning discounted land-line service, NOT the Personal Emergency Response System) and you, or someone in your household, receive any of the following services you will probably qualify.

  • Food Stamps
  • Medicaid
  • Federal Public Housing Assistance or Section 8
  • Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP)
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • National School Free Lunch Program
  • Temporary Assistance for Need Families (TANF)

The ReachOut Wireless program offers a Free cell phone and Free minutes automatically added each month. The service also includes Caller ID, Texting, and Voicemail. There is NO credit check, NO security deposit, and NO contract. There are no recurring charges, monthly fees, or surcharges.

Unlike traditional cell phone companies, your phone will never deactivate and your minutes will never expire as long as you remain active on the ReachOut program. Every 30 days minutes are added and any unused from the previous month simply carry over. If you need additional minutes they can be purchased from a ReachOut Wireless retailer, MoneyGram location, or over the phone.

For more information, visit ReachOut Wireless online or call them at 1-877-870-9444.

**The Resource Center for Independent Living does not endorse or certify in any way the services of ReachOut Wireless.