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

Please join us for an informative session on Self-Directing your Home and Community Based Services. Topics will include information on:

  • How to Recruit, Select, Interview, Hire, Train, Supervise and Dismiss Direct Support Workers (DSWs)
  • Understanding Enhanced Care Services (Sleep Cycle Support)
  • KS AuthentiCare (the Electronic Visit Verification Call In System)
  • Having a Backup Plan (of DSWs)
  • Medicaid Fraud
  • Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation

Snacks Provided
Drawings will be held for prizes!

Tuesday, August 27, 2019
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Magic Circle Apartments in the south community room
301 Magic Circle Road, Eureka

Space is limited!  Please call Mandy Kline or Becky Brewer at 1-800-580-7245 to reserve your spot!

Please join us for an informative session on Self-Directing your Home and Community Based Services. Topics will include information on:

  • How to Recruit, Select, Interview, Hire, Train, Supervise and Dismiss Direct Support Workers (DSWs)
  • Understanding Enhanced Care Services (Sleep Cycle Support)
  • KS AuthentiCare (the Electronic Visit Verification Call In System)
  • Having a Backup Plan (of DSWs)
  • Medicaid Fraud
  • Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation

Snacks Provided

Drawings will be held for prizes!

Wednesday, June 12, 2019
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Park Place Apartments
207 South 6th Street, Osage City

Space is limited! Please call Mandy Kline or Becky Brewer at 1-800-580-7245 to reserve your spot!

Please join us for an informative session on Self-Directing your Home and Community Based Services. Topics will include information on:

  • How to Recruit, Select, Interview, Hire, Train, Supervise and Dismiss Direct Support Workers (DSWs)
  • Understanding Enhanced Care Services (Sleep Cycle Support)
  • KS AuthentiCare (the Electronic Visit Verification Call In System)
  • Having a Backup Plan (of DSWs)
  • Medicaid Fraud
  • Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation

Snacks Provided

Drawings will be held for prizes!

Monday, May 20, 2019
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Broadview Towers Apartments
110 W. 6th Ave, Emporia

Space is limited! Please call Mandy Kline or Becky Brewer at 1-800-580-7245 to reserve your spot!

The Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services also known as KDADS is seeking feedback from Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) stakeholders as they are planning waiver renewals.  KDADS will be hosting regional meetings along with two options to call in.  These forums are opportunities for KDADS to hear feedback on what you think is going well along with what could improve.  It is also a chance to hear of what changes could be coming in the future.  The Frail Elderly, Intellectual/Developmental Disability, Physical Disability, and Traumatic Brain Injury waivers will be renewing in 2019.  Below is the meeting dates and locations.  All meetings will be from 1:00-3:00pm and 6:00-8:00pm.

Monday, September 10th Johnson County Community College
RC 101 C&D 12345 College Blvd Overland Park

Tuesday, September 11th Memorial Building
Alliance Room 101 S. Lincoln Chanute

Wednesday, September 12th Wichita Marriott
Wichita Ballroom 9100 Corporate Hills Dr. Wichita

Friday, September 14th Sleep Inn
1931 E. Kansas Plaza Garden City

Monday, September 17th {Conference Call Only}
(877) 400- 9499  Conference Code 1769231304

All meeting times including conference call 1:00-3:00pm and again at 6:00-8:00pm.

For more information visit www.kdads.ks.gov or

www.kdads.ks.gov/commissions/home-community-based-services-(hcbs)

For accommodations contact Anita Flewelling at (785) 296-4983 or anita.flewelling@ks.gov

 

The Kansas Association of Centers for Independent Living (KACIL) is pleased to announce that it received one of seven national Quality of Life grants from the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation. Funds will be used to transition people with paralysis living in nursing homes back into their homes or a community-based setting of their choice.

Read more:

https://www.christopherreeve.org/about-us/press-releases/the-christopher-dana-reeve-foundation-launches-nursing-home-grants

 

As part of the KanCare Waiver Integration Project, KDHE will be providing a one-hour training about Medicaid waivers. This training is a result of recommendations from the Waiver Integration Stakeholder Engagement (WISE) workgroup. The training is designed to help anyone who works in Medicaid-funded programs or receives Medicaid-funded services to understand:

What “waiver” means in the Medicaid world How two different types of waivers (1115 demonstrations and home and community based services – HCBS – waivers) are the same in some ways and different in others What protections are, and can be, included in each kind of waiver

There will be in-person training sessions, in Topeka, and conference calls January 6-February 4, 2016. One of the in-person sessions will be video-taped and placed online for those who cannot attend in person or participate in a conference call. More sessions may be provided in other locations at a later time.

Everyone must register for this training, using the form linked below. If you have questions about this training, please contact Carol Arace at carace@kdheks.gov or 785-296-4753.

Waiver Medicaid Training Form

Home and Community Based Services
KS Dept for Aging and Disability Services
503 S. Kansas Ave
Topeka, Kansas 66603

Ph: 785-296-4986
Fax: 785-296-0256
Email: hcbs-ks@kdads.ks.gov

Do you receive Home and Community Based Services and other KanCare benefits?  Would you like to hear about changes to HCBS directly from the State of Kansas by email?

 

Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS) has updated their email listserv in order to ensure all those who wish to receive email updates are able to receive them.  The email listserv form can be located on the following web page:  http://www.kdads.ks.gov/commissions/csp/home-community-based-services-(hcbs).  Scroll down the page to the “Receive Email Updates from KDADS/HCBS” and enter your name and email address to keep informed. 

 

April 13th and 14th at the Capitol City Plaza, Topeka, KS

KDADS is presenting a HCBS 2015 Educational Summit for HCBS consumers, family members, providers, and professionals.   The Educational Summit is a NO COST event that will give the public the opportunity to learn more about HCBS topics and programs.  Some of the topics of interest include HCBS Final Setting Rule Assessment, Self-Direction, Guardianship, Employment Programs, HCBS Programs, Health Homes, MFEI Assessment, APS/CPS, Social Security Disability/PMDT, Medicaid Fraud, and more!   Attendees will also have the opportunity to meet with MCO representatives to discuss benefits and concerns.  Please join us for a half-day provider and professional track on Monday, April 13th and an all-day consumer, caregiver, and provider track on Tuesday, April 14th.   More details and updates will be provided on the KDADS website. Special room rates are available for those staying at the hotel, mention the conference title “HCBS 2015 Educational Summit” for the rate.

 

For those of you who are receiving Home & Community Based Services, the State of Kansas will be holding meetings to inform consumers, families, advocates, and providers to inform all of  the new changes.  Below is a list of the meeting locations and times.

Federal rules and necessary program changes will be made to the following programs:

  • Autism
  • Frail Elderly
  • Intellectual/Developmental Disability
  • Physically Disabled
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Technology Assisted

Changes to these programs will impact:

  • Who you can hire and how they will be paid
  • Limitations on guardianships
  • What and how services will be renewed
  • How program eligibility will be assessed

Regional meetings are being held  so you can be informed and your voice heard to help decide what changes will be made.  Plan to attend one of the meetings below.  If you need help making arrangements, you are asked to contact your Managed Care Organization case manager/coordinator.

All meetings will be held from 10:00am-12:00pm and from 1:30pm-3:30pm

August 18 – El Dorado – El Dorado Chop House 2529 W Central El Dorado, KS

August 19 – Great Bend – Perkins Restaurant 2920 10th Street Great Bend, KS

August 20 – Salina – Salina Ambassador Hotel (Room A) 1616 W Crawford Salina, KS

August 21 – Topeka – Ramada Convention Center Jefferson Hall 420 SE 6th St Topeka, KS

*August 22 – Kansas City – Hilton Garden Inn (McCarthy Gallery) 520 Minnesota Ave Kansas City, KS
*Morning Session 10:00am-12:00pm

**August 22 – Paola – Paola Community Center 905 E Wea Paola, KS
**Afternoon Session 1:30pm-3:30pm

For questions, concerns, or to request accommodation, call (785)368-3246