TOPEKA — Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) Secretary Dr. Susan Mosier and Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS) Secretary Kari Bruffett announced today a series of public forums to discuss integration of the state’s home- and community-based Medicaid waiver programs.

The forums are scheduled to be conducted in Topeka, Wichita, Kansas City, Coffeyville and Garden City. The agencies also plan to conduct one or more teleconference calls to discuss waiver integration, which will be announced at a later date.

“Our goal is to speak to Kansans receiving HCBS services to understand and address their frustrations with the current waiver system,” Dr. Mosier said. “These forums will provide Kansans who are on HCBS waivers and their families the opportunity to give input about how the waivers work for them.”

KDADS administers seven individual home- and community-based services Medicaid waivers for individuals with physical disabilities, developmental disabilities, traumatic brain injury and autism, those with a need for technology assistance, youth with a serious emotional disturbance and the frail elderly. There are a specific list of services provide under each individual waiver.

“A new 1115 waiver would allow us to establish an integrated set of services that would be available to all waiver recipients regardless of the waiver in which they are enrolled,” Secretary Bruffett said. “We want to move toward a system that no longer defines individuals by a specific disability, but rather by their needs and capabilities. CMS approval of a new Kansas 1115 Medicaid waiver would give us the ability to provide the right services to individuals regardless of their disability definition.”

Participants may RSVP for these public meetings at the following link:

http://www.kdads.ks.gov/commissions/csp/home-community-based-services-(hcbs)/hcbs-current-news

Details of the forums are as follows:

Tuesday, August 25 Topeka Capital Plaza Hotel, 1717 SW Topeka Blvd 10:30-12:00  

2:00-3:30

5:30-7:00

Wednesday, August 26 Kansas City Hilton Gardon Inn, 520 Minnesota Ave. 10:00-11:30

2:00-3:30

5:30-7:00

  Wichita Wichita Marriott 9100 Corporate Hills Drive 10:00-11:30

2:00-3:30

5:30-7:00

Thursday, August 27 Coffeyville Sleep Inn & Suites 202 W 11th St. 10:00-11:30

2:00-3:30

  Garden City Clarion Inn 1911 E Kansas Ave 10:00-11:30

2:00-3:30

 

 

Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Resources Secretary Shawn Sullivan announced Thursday that a new resource is available to help Kansans. Effective November 1, the Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) is now available to provide Kansans with information and referrals. ADRC staff members can also put residents in contact with local Options Counselors.

The ADRC is a trusted source of information where people of all ages, abilities and income levels—and their caregivers—can go to obtain assistance in planning for their future long-term service and support needs.

The ADRC is designed to empower older adults and persons with disabilities to make informed choices about their services and supports. This will streamline access to those services and ensure their individual needs will be met. The ADRC can refer individuals to an array of in-home, community-based and institutional services, as well as provide decision-making support through a service called Options Counseling.

“We look forward to working closely with the ADRC to ensure that the Kansans we serve receive the valuable information they need to make informed choices about their lives,” Sec. Sullivan said.

The Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services recently signed a contract with the Southwest Kansas Area Agency on Aging to become the statewide ADRC. The Southwest Kansas Area Agency on Aging has subcontracted with the 10 other Area Agencies on Aging to provide statewide ADRC coverage so that all 105 counties in the state of Kansas have access to a local ADRC.

Assistance and reliable advice are just a phone call away. To reach the ADRC or an Options Counselor in your area, please call: