RCIL Information and Referral Team received their certification as a Community Resource Specialist through the Alliance for Information and Referral System (AIRS).  This credential demonstrates their ability to work directly with consumers either via phone, e-mail, or in-person to provide mediated information and referral systems navigation.  This certification is very valuable for RCIL because RCIL offers information and referral to anyone with or without a disability who are looking for resources.  These services ranged from providing phone numbers and printed materials to providing information about RCIL services and eligibility and even referrals to other agencies that will best meet the individual’s needs.  Congratulations to the Information and Referral Team!

KDADS is hosting a “KanCare HCBS Waiver Integration Information and Comment Tour” and are encouraging consumers and their families to attend.  All locations will feature meetings at 1:30pm-3:30pm for providers and 5:30pm-7:30pm for consumers and families.

Topeka Tuesday, Nov. 10th Capitol Plaza Hotel 1717 SW Topeka Blvd

Wichita Thursday, Nov. 12th Doubletree Wichita Airport 2098 Airport Rd

Kansas City Thursday, Nov. 12th Hilton Garden Inn 520 Minnesota Ave

Hays Monday, Nov. 16th Ambassador Hotel 3603 Vine St

Pittsburg Monday, Nov. 16th Holiday Inn Express 4011 Parkview Dr

If you are unable to attend in person there will be conference calls on Friday, November 13th from 12:00pm-1:30pm and Tuesday, November 17th from 5:30pm-7:30pm. To access the conference call dial: (866) 620-7326 Enter code: 527-268-5242.

Open enrollment for KanCare is underway. If you joined KanCare in January 2013, your open enrollment for plan year
2014 began this month, with changes going into effect Jan. 1, 2014. Open enrollment packets have been mailed out to
these members. For members who joined KanCare after January 2013, your open enrollment packets will be sent to you
around the anniversary date of you joining KanCare.

Open enrollment gives you the choice to change your plan if you want. If you choose to keep
the same health plan you have now, you do not need to submit an enrollment packet, and you
will be automatically re-enrolled in the same plan.

All members will have 60 days to review their open enrollment packet and decide whether or
not they want to stay in their plan or change to a different plan. For more information about
Open Enrollment, please visit www.kancare.ks.gov.

(This article is from KanCare Advisor which is a bulletin published by Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services)






RCIL was awarded part of the grant from Kansas Rehabilitation and Services (KRS) to serve individuals who are 55 years and older and are blind or have low vision.  RCIL has been serving this population since August of 2010 with the PILR/RCIL/SKIL consortium that was also funded by a grant from KRS.  This time, however, RCIL applied on their own.

This program is titled iKan-RCIL and covers 23 counties from Northeast Kansas to Southeast Kansas. These counties include: Allen, Anderson, Bourbon, Brown, Chase, Clay, Coffey, Dickinson, Doniphan, Geary, Greenwood, Jackson, Lyon, Marion, Marshall, Morris, Nemaha, Osage, Pottawatomie, Riley, Shawnee, Wabaunsee and Washington.  (There is a map below which iKan-RCIL’s area is in yellow.)  iKan-RCIL county coverage changed by no longer covering Cowley, Butler, Elk, Linn or Sumner counties.

Funds provided for this program are included to pay for services to individuals who have low vision or blindness and are 55 years and older.  Services include teaching independent living skills to promote independence and allowing the individual to live in the environment they chose.  Also, orientation and mobility which individuals are taught how to travel safely, independently and efficiently and this can include learning to use a white cane, talking GPS and many other tools.  Other services include advocacy, information and referral, peer counseling and deinstitutionalization.

If you are interested in learning more or know someone who would benefit from these services please call (785) 267-1717 and ask for Mandy Smith.

 Learn more about choosing the KanCare health plan that is right for you and your family.  Medicaid participants are encouraged to attend a meeting where they will be provided information to choose your KanCare plan.  If you have questions, please call 1-866-305-5147. If you require special assistance for a meeting (like a translator or hand outs in Braille) please call Rita at 785-296-5107. You can also email us at KanCare@kdheks.gov. You must ask for this assistance by noon on November 20.  Transportation to the meetings is not available. There will be two meetings on the same day in each of the cities visited.  Meetings will be in the afternoon and evening.  The afternoon meetings will start at 1:00 p.m. and end at 3:00 p.m.  The evening meetings will start at 6:00 p.m. and end at 8:00 p.m.  Please see the dates and places below.  (Click table for larger image.)




The Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS) invites you to attend one of the following informational sessions for people receiving services, family members/friends, providers, advocacy groups and others interested in the disability, aging, mental health and substance use disorder services we administer.  The purposes of these sessions are to provide updates and information about the implementation of the KanCare comprehensive managed care program effective January 1, 2013, and to respond to any questions you have.  (These sessions are different from those conducted last week, and that will be held in September, related to the broader KanCare program, in that they will focus specifically on the KDADS-administered programs and services.)


If you plan to attend a session, please RSVP by contacting Candy Youle with the Center for Community Support and Research at Wichita State University at (800) 445-0116 or candace.youle@wichita.edu.  Please provide (1) your name, (2) which informational meeting you will attend (date and time), (3) your contact information, (4) accommodation needs, and (5) how many people will be attending with you if more than yourself.


To learn more about KanCare, please visit http://www.kdheks.gov/hcf/kancare/index.htm, which will be updated regularly as implementation readiness continues.


Date [ provider-focused meeting 10a-12p; and a member-focused meeting 2-4p] City/Location Address
Tues., Aug. 21st  Kansas City, KS – Hilton Garden Inn 520 Minnesota Ave.
Wed., Aug. 22nd  Wichita – WSU Metroplex 5015 E. 29th Street N.
Thur., Aug. 23rd  Topeka – Holiday Inn Holidome 605 SW Fairlawn Rd.
Fri., Aug. 24th  Salina —  Best Western Mid America 1846 N 9th
Fri., Aug. 24th  Colby – City Limits Convention Center/Comfort Inn 2225 S. Range Ave.
Tue., Aug. 28th  Wichita – WSU Metroplex 5015 E. 29th Street N.
Tue., Aug. 28th  Topeka – Holiday Inn Holidome 605 SW Fairlawn Rd.
Wed., Aug. 29th  Garden City – Clarion Inn 1911 E Kansas Ave
Thur., Aug. 30th  Kansas City, KS – Hilton Garden Inn 520 Minnesota Ave.
Fri., Aug. 31st  Pittsburg — Holiday Inn Express & Suites 4011 N Parkview Dr.



Tuesday, October 16 Last day to register to vote in general election
Wednesday, October 17 Advance voting begins for general election
Friday, November 2 Deadline for voters to apply for advance voting ballots to be mailed
Monday, November 5 Noon deadline to cast advance voting ballots in person in office of County Election Officer
Tuesday, November 6
General Election
Advance voting ballots must be received in office of County Election Officer by close of polls



Humans and pets are not the only things that shouldn’t be in excessive heat.  Neither should power chairs and scooters.  Power chairs and scooters have batteries and electronics that can lose their charge in excessive heat (or excessive cold for that matter).  When a chair or scooter loses power like this, people tend to call someone to repair it, but that isn’t always the case. To avoid this, make sure your power chair and/or scooter has a full charge when using in excessive heat or cold but try to limit your use during the hottest part of the day.  Most power chairs and scooters are suppose to operate in a tempature range of 70-90 degrees.

When traveling in inclement weather the person needs to make sure they take the precautions to protect their power chair or scooter as best as possible.  This includes covering the joystick or whatever kind of maneuver device is on the machine, do not drive through puddles and avoid snow.

If you know you may be out in inclement weather you should keep a piece of plastic so you can cover your electronic parts and a umbrella holder can come in handy if you are not able to hold one while you steer.  Come companies even make covers to go over the power chair and/or scooter to protect it and you from the weather.

Remember, these tips are for anytime your power chair or scooter is outside, not just when you are driving it (on a lift, storage, etc.) If you have questions about your power chair or scooter in certain weather conditions refer back to the user manual.

From AFB eNews

Are you or a family member having difficulty seeing? Or perhaps been diagnosed with an eye condition such as macular degeneration, cataracts, glaucoma or diabetic retinopathy? If the answer is yes, you’re not alone: vision problems affect 25 million Americans, and that number is on the rise.

To support this growing community, AFB and Reader’s Digest Partners for Sight Foundation launched VisionAware.org, a free, easy-to-use informational website for adults with vision loss, their families, caregivers, healthcare providers, and social service professionals.

The new VisionAware combines two stand-alone resources from AFB and Partners for Sight (Senior Site and the former VisionAware, respectively) into a single, comprehensive website offering dynamic social networking and customized guidance for adults of all ages with rich content and practical tips on living with vision loss.

Visitors to the new VisionAware will find:

  • Free, practical tips and resources for adults with vision loss, their families, friends, caregivers, and related professionals
  • Information on eye diseases and disorders
  • Different ways to connect, including message boards and social media channels like Twitter and Facebook
  • Breaking news on the latest developments in vision loss treatment via the VisionAware blog
  • Directories of helpful services, products, and resources

The new VisionAware complements AFB’s family of websites, which are designed to expand possibilities so people with vision loss can achieve their full potential. For more information, visit VisionAware.org.

An emergency or disaster can happen at any time. Do you have a plan in place to help you keep in touch with your family and friends? What about some of basic essentials like food, water, electricity or even telephones? While each person’s abilities and needs are unique, every individual can take steps to prepare for all kinds of emergencies from fires to tornadoes to floods.  It is best to prepare for an emergency ahead of time by making an emergency plan that fits your own personal needs and those of your loved ones.  Follow the 3 steps listed below to create a plan for any disaster.

Step 1 Get a Kit: put together basic supplies, medications and medical supplies, an extra set of wheelchair batteries, etc. and copies of important documents.

Step 2 Make a Plan: write a plan on paper and put it in your supply kit, make a list of emergency contacts, find locations to go inside and outside of your home, make transportation arrangements if needed, and decide how to handle situations when accommodations are not available.

 Step 3 Be Informed: understand what might happen and know what types of emergencies are likely to affect your region.

For more information about the 3 steps you can visit Ready website at www.ready.gov.  It’s time to be prepared!