The Kansas Department on Aging and Disability Services (KDADS) is preparing to submit the paperwork necessary to renew the waivers that guide HCBS in Kansas.  The draft includes changes to the existing services.  Consumers are encouraged to read the information that KDADS is going to submit to the Centers for Medicare/Medicaid and provide feedback. 

The draft renewals, which include the Transition Plan for Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Settings and proposed changes for each HCBS Program’s renewal are available online at www.KDADS.ks.gov for public comment until December 10, 2014. The Public Comment period allows all consumers and providers of the follow programs: Frail Elderly, Intellectual/Developmental Disability, Physical Disability and Traumatic Brain Injury.  

Additionally, KDADS has provided a summary of the proposed changes. Only the areas of proposed changes identified in the summary document are available for public comment. New documents with helpful information about the transition plan have been posted online as well.

You may access the documents three ways:

Online: www.KDADS.ks.gov – on the home page

In Person: At your local Community Developmental Disability Organization (CDDO), Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) or Center for Independent Living (CIL).

By Email: HCBS-KS@kdads.ks.gov – Please notify us if you need an accommodation

Questions and Answers are made available online and shared through appropriate public sessions, conference calls, listservs and bulletins during the comment period. A summary of responses will available online after the public comment period has ended for the renewals or any changes to them, and the summary of responses will be provided to CMS as part of the renewal submission.

Comments and Public Input on a Transition Plan can be submitted to KDADS during the comment period the following ways:

By Phone: 785-296-4986 or 785-296-3473
By Email: HCBS-KS@kdads.ks.govSubject: HCBS Renewals Public Comments
By Mail: KDADS, Attn: HCBS Programs, 503 S. Kansas Ave, Topeka, KS 66603.
By Fax: 785-296-0256, Attn: HCBS Programs

 

KDADS will be hosting information sessions to provide you with program updates in response to the Federal rules shared with consumers at the last public information sessions. The program updates impact the following programs:

Autism, Frail Elderly, Intellectual/Developmental Disability, Physically Disabled, Serious Emotional Disturbance (SED), Traumatic Brain Injury, and Technology Assisted.

The sessions will provide updated information on how the Federal rules will impact HCBS programs, your access to services and how to manage your direct service workers.

Please plan to join one of the sessions either in-person or by conference as indicated below.

Regional In-Person Meetings

Regional meetings are being held for persons served, families, advocates, and providers so that you can be informed and have your questions addressed about changes that will be made. Plan to attend one of the meetings below.

All meetings will be held from (10 am –12 noon)
and repeated from
(2 pm -4 pm)

Date

Location

City

November 12, 2014 Eugene M. Hughes Metropolitan Complex Wichita, KS
November 13, 2014 Ambassador Hotel, 3603 Vine Street Hays, KS
November 14, 2014 Holiday Inn Hotel & Convention Center, 200 McDonald Drive Lawrence, KS

If you need help making arrangements, contact your Managed Care Organization care coordinator or your case manager. 

Conference Calls

This information will also be covered at the regular “HCBS Providers Lunch and Learn” conference calls on the dates below calling 1-866-620-7326 Enter PIN 4283583031#.

Date

Time

Morning Session, November 17, 2014 11 am to 12 noon
Evening Session, November 17, 2014 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm (repeat of morning session)

To register and get materials for calls, go to www.kdads.ks.gov.

For questions, concerns, or to request accommodation, call 1-785-296-3473.