Travel to Provide Essential HCBS

 RCIL has received calls from concerned Direct Support Workers regarding the need for travel documents while they are working for their consumer during “stay at home” ordered periods. RCIL has received official direction from the Kansas Department of Aging and Disability Services that Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) are considered essential healthcare. KDADS said, “We are being assured by the Emergency Operations Center that there will be no widespread efforts to stop folks to ensure they are out and about for an “essential” reason. We have seen the letters that other industries have been issuing to their employees and we have been told those will not be necessary. At this time, I would just assure consumers and DSWs that they can perform their essential travel/duties. If something changes, we will let everyone know.”

RCIL has had direct communication with several local law enforcement agencies (City of Topeka Police Department, City of Burlington Police Department, etc.) and have been repeatedly reassured the individuals traveling in their cars or who are performing essential functions (grocery shopping, going to the pharmacy, etc.) will not be asked to provide paperwork regarding their essential functions.  If you are asked, “Where are you headed”, simply be honest and let them know you are providing essential home care duties.

 Direct Support Worker Background Checks

During this time of COVID-19 crisis (at least until May 1, 2020), RCIL will cover the cost of Direct Support Worker (DSW) background checks for NEWLY HIRED DSWs.  RCIL realizes that temporary or additional DSWs may need to be hired and this is one thing RCIL is doing to expedite the process.

Kansas Department for Aging and Disabilities Services (KDADS) is allowing DSWs to start working while the background checks are pending.  DSWs still need to complete the forms and submit them to RCIL.  The eligibility requirements still apply.  Individuals with prohibited offenses are not eligible to work as a DSW.  Click here to see the List of Prohibited Offenses:  http://rcilinc.org/dsw

Temporary HCBS Policy Changes Regarding Conflict of Interest

​KDADS is temporarily (for all waivers) allowing payment for Personal Care Services to family caregivers or legally responsible individuals, suspending the conflict of interest mitigation.  These services may be delivered in a person’s home or a temporary setting, including a family member’s home.  RCIL will still need to have completed DSW Hire Packets for these temporary situations so that we can issue wage payments.  As always, call 785-528-3105 to request packets.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for Home and Community Based Services

 RCIL asked Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS) about how consumers and their Direct Support Workers (DSWs) can access Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) (gloves, masks, etc.) use while providing Personal Care Services and Enhanced Care Services.  KDADS said that consumers and DSWs could contact their local county emergency management or health department.  However, please keep in-mind that PPE is in incredibly short supply worldwide.  While those entities are serving as the hub for PPE and managing how it is distributed it is highly likely that they will not have PPE to distribute.  Please follow the safety measures already shared including heightened sanitation and social distancing whenever possible.

 RCIL Office Staffing

RCIL is working to provide the same great service consumers have come to expect but within the guidelines developed to prevent the spread of the virus.  All offices are closed to walk-in traffic and no home visits are being conducted however, RCIL is still hard at work behind the scenes while complying with the “10 or less” rule. RCIL’s Main Office in Osage City is working in shifts.  Our telephones are being answered live from 8:00 to 4:00, Monday-Friday but when call volume is high you may need to leave a voicemail.  Your call will be returned as quickly as possible.  Our Information and Referral services are also being provided.  RCIL’s phone number is 785-528-3105.

For payroll issues you may prefer to communicate with us by email:  payrollhelpdesk@rcilinc.org

Home and Community Based Services

The health and safety of our consumers, their Direct Support Workers (DSWs) and our staff is the Resource Center for Independent Living’s (RCIL) utmost importance.

With the development of COVID-19, RCIL is following the CDC’s current recommendations and recommend that all consumers and their DSWs follow the CDC recommendations of heightened sanitizing, handwashing, not touching your face, social distancing, not going to work if you are sick or fall in any of the restricted “groups” that have been identified by the CDC.  However, it is very important if you are a DSW and not sick, and your consumer requires or wants your services, please continue to work for them.  Implement the heightened sanitizing practices by washing your hands often, cleaning areas that are frequently touched and isolating yourself as much as possible by social distancing (6 feet from each other). 

In order to be compliant with social distancing, our staff has split their hours worked in the main Osage City office and are closed to the public walk-in traffic.

 RCIL will continue to provide the same great service but it may be delivered in a different manner.   We encourage consumers and DSWs to be even more vigilant in using the mandated AuthentiCare EVV system to accurately record their DSWs time worked.  Incomplete claims, due to missing clock in or clock out times or not clocking in correctly, will take up precious staff time to rectify.  Due to the split time being worked by RCIL staff, we may not be able to make the weekly calls to everyone or correct all of the incomplete claims, as we have in the past, in order to meet payroll deadlines.  For incomplete claims, Verification of Time Worked forms will be mailed to the consumer for competition of the missing information.  We will process as many of those completed Verification of Time Worked forms as we are able to before processing each week’s payroll.  That is why it is imperative that the AuthentiCare EVV system is used, and used accurately.  

Please be patient as we are working diligently to provide the same great service as we always have and meet the needs of our consumers and their DSWs while working under some new conditions.  Our payroll will continue as usual and we do not anticipate any disruption in service.   

If you have questions or know that you have missing clock in or clock out times, RCIL’s telephones will continue to be answered either in person, or by voicemail, 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.  Leave a message including the consumer’s name, DSW’s name, and the issue you may have with the consumer/Authorized Representative confirming the information provided along with a contact telephone number.   You can call the RCIL office anytime at 1-785-528-3105 or 1-800-580-7245.  You can also email RCIL at payrollhelpdesk@rcilinc.org or fax to 785-528-3665.

Regarding other programs and services

Since RCIL offices are closed to the public until further notice and a timetable for them to re-open is uncertain, please remember to call ahead before coming to an RCIL office. Information is changing constantly so check our website www.rcilinc.org and Facebook page regularly for updated information.

Consumers who were working with a Peer Specialist or Independent Living Specialist can still call 785-528-3105 for assistance.

Consumers who need to borrow or return a durable medical device should call 785-528-3105 to check on program status before traveling to their local office.  Need to return borrowed equipment?  Feel free to call and extend your loan date or Equipment can be left outside RCIL’s main entrance at 1137 Laing Street in Osage City.  Please do not leave equipment at any other RCIL office

UPDATE – Office Closures

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In an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19/Coronavirus, RCIL offices are closed to the public until further notice.  Limited staff will be working in the main office in Osage City to ensure that FMS/HCBS payroll is issued as scheduled.

Questions?  Call 785-528-3105 between 8:00 – 4:00, Monday-Friday.

Need to submit paperwork?  Please scan and email it to payrollhelpdesk@rcilinc.org or fax it to 785-528-2938.

RCIL Office Updates & Cancellations

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RCIL offices are taking the following precautions due to the COVID-19 Coronavirus:

We encourage all consumers, direct support workers, and other potential visitors to handle all business and communications with us over the phone, by email, and fax whenever possible.  If you must come to the office make sure you meet the criteria set forth by the KDHE and understand office restrooms are closed to the public.

RCIL Event Cancellations:

  • All March and April Friends group meetings
  • Lyon County Job Fair (March 19th)
  • Parsons Low-Vision Fair (April 7th)
  • Manhattan area Low-Vision Independent Living Skills Classes (April 23rd & 30th)

Offices Closed for Christmas

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All RCIL offices will be closed on December 24th and 25th for observance of Christmas. Offices will reopen on December 26th.

Thank you and Happy Holidays!

There are two regular season games left (December 15th and 29th) vs Broncos and Chargers.  You can also purchase play off tickets through our fundraiser also!  The link is below!

https://www.chiefs.com/tickets/ticketfundraiser

Follow the link, click the game you want, enter our promo code RCILINC, and chose your tickets.  Let’s go KC!!

 

 

Remember that when you use smile.amazon.com to shop, RCIL will receive a donation!  All you have to do is type in smile.amazon.com and chose the Resource Center for Independent Living, Inc. (RCIL) then shop like normal on Amazon.  Amazon will then credit RCIL with a donation.  (This is all year long, not just Black Friday.)

All offices will be closed Thursday and Friday, November 28th and 29th, to celebrate Thanksgiving!

RCIL Updates

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Our annual Trunk or Treat is canceled due to winter weather.  Please have a safe and fun Halloween!

Reminder our offices will be closed November 11th, in observation of Veterans day, and on November 28th and 29th for Thanksgiving.

 

RCIL will be hosting it’s annual Trunk or Treat on October 30th from 5:00pm-6:00pm.  It is held at our Osage City office (1137 Laing).  As always we will have candy, goodies, and FREE hot dogs! Bring your family out to enjoy a fun filled evening.

If you would like to donate to this effort or host a trunk call us by October 29th at (785)528-3105.

Trunk or Treat 2019 Flyer

The Resource Center for Independent Living, Inc. (RCIL) is pleased to announce that it has received an $826 grant from the Kansas Health Foundation-El Dorado Fund through the El Dorado Community Foundation affiliate of Central Kansas Community Foundation. The organization will use the funds for Resource Library Technology Improvements at the El Dorado RCIL office.

RCIL has a Resource Library in its El Dorado office that is available for use by individuals with disabilities. The Resource Library has printed materials on disability related topics and a telephone that consumers can use to schedule medical appointments, communicate with other providers and complete vocational/educational searches. The funding will be used to purchase a computer as an additional tool for individuals to utilize to complete vocational/educational searches, learn computer skills, and research additional programs and services. RCIL served 1,750 individuals in Kansas from October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018 statewide.

“RCIL is grateful for the funds it received to purchase a new computer for our resource library located in our El Dorado office”, said Deone Wilson, Executive Director. The computer is available to local community members with disabilities during the hours the office is open to the public

RCIL is a 501(c)(3) organization committed to working with individuals, families and communities to promote independent living and individual choice to persons with disabilities. Headquartered in Osage City, RCIL has 5 locations in cities all across Eastern Kansas. Current RCIL programs include the five “core services” of all Kansas Centers for Independent Living, which are Information and Referral Service; Advocacy; Independent Living Skills Training; Peer Support Services; and Transition Services. In addition, RCIL also provides Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) through various Medicaid waiver programs.

El Dorado Community Foundation (ECF) mission is “to assist the community in making charitable dreams a reality.” The purpose of ECF is to bring together individuals, groups and organizations which have needs with those who have the resources or leadership abilities to assist in meeting those needs. https://centralkansascf.org/affiliate-foundations/el-dorado-community-foundation/.

Central Kansas Community Foundation mission is “Building Stronger Communities Through Charitable Giving.” Founded in 1995 Central Kansas Community Foundation based in Newton, Kansas is an intermediary between donors and charities, the community foundation helps donors establish funds that financially support meaningful, charitable programs and services in their community. Central Kansas Community Foundation also host numerous affiliate community foundations throughout Central Kansas. www.centralkansascf.org