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.
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.
For your DSW to check in and out there are important things for you to remember:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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
- 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.
KDOA and SRS announced on the evening of Dec. 29th they have decided to change the launch date for Kansas AuthentiCare/EVV to January 16, 2012 at 6:00am
The new year is bringing with it new procedures for our consumers who are on Home and Community-Based Services. The state is replacing the current paper time and attendant worksheet (timesheets) with an electronic verification and monitoring system known as Kansas AuthentiCare (also known as EVV).
KS AuthentiCare is a requirement for all Home and Community-Based Service (HCBS) consumers and Direct Support Workers (DSWs). On January 9th, 2012 your DSW will be required to start using the new telephone system. Please make certain that RCIL, or your FMS provider, has your correct telephone and/or cellphone number.
On January 9th, 2012 (or the first visit after January 9th) there are important things for you to remember:
- 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 cellphone (See enclosed check -in/check -out instructions). The DSW will need to select from the list of services available (Service Codes included with this letter).
- Before your DSWs leave your home they need to check out each day by calling 1-800-903-4676. They will need to enter the activity code of the services performed (Activity codes included with this letter).
- Your DSWs need to complete paper timesheets for January 1, 2012 to January 8, 2012 and send to the Osage City office. This will be their last paper timesheet.
To help you prepare for this transition, the Resource Center for Independent Living will have training calls from 1:00pm to 2:00pm on January 3rd, 4th, and 5th. You are welcome to call in and listen to the trainings by conference call. Please pick a day that works best for you.
- Conference dial-in number: (712) 432-0900
- Participant access code: 324384
As part of this change we will be moving from semi-monthly to weekly payroll. 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 at 1-785-528-5045 and ask to speak to an EVV Specialist.
Starting January 1, 2012 everyone will be busy filing their 2011 Income taxes, Homestead tax refund, and/or Food Sales tax refund. The deadline to file is April 17, 2012. Independent Living Specialists (ILS) at RCIL will be available to teach consumers that are interested to learn how to file their Homestead tax refund and Food Sales tax refund on their own.
There is a resource library in every RCIL office that has a computer and internet access if you prefer to file your tax refunds electronically. You can use the library on your own or with ILS assistance.
If you are a person that would rather have someone do it for you every year there are free Volunteer Income Tax Assistance programs (VITA) in every local community. They are trained by Internal Revenue Services (IRS) on how to file Homestead and Food Sales tax refunds and Incomes taxes electronically. They will be available on a first come first served basis with evening appointments available. To find out where your local VITA site in your area you can contact your local Department on Aging, Community Action Program, Senior Center, Public Library, or County Clerk.
To prepare your taxes you will need the following information:
- Photo ID
- Social Security cards for all persons claimed on each return
- Birth dates for all dependents
- All documents showing 2011 income such as W-2, 1099’s, Social Security year-end statements, and Unemployment statements
- Interest & dividend statements
- A copy of your 2011 return (if possible)
- Real Estate Property Tax Statements (if applicable)
- Persons claiming childcare expenses should bring name of provider, address, phone number, tax ID number, and amount paid
- If you prefer to receive your refund checks as a direct deposit you should bring bank or credit union routing and account numbers