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 or

For accommodations contact Anita Flewelling at (785) 296-4983 or


Are you on the Physical Disability wait list?  Have you been dropped from it?  You need to read this article from the Kansas Health Institute and contact the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS)!

Contact information for KDADS


New England Building 503 S. Kansas Ave. Topeka, KS 66603-3404
Main: 785-296-4986
Toll Free: 800-432-3535 (in Kansas only)
TTY Number: 785-291-3167
Fax: 785-296-0256
Business Hours:  Monday through Friday – 8 am to 5 pm





The Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF)

invites you to learn more about Adult Abuse Awareness and Prevention.

Representatives from the Kansas Attorney General’s Office, DCF’s Adult

Protective Services division and the Kansas Department for Aging and

Disability Services will address issues regarding this important topic.

1:30-2:30 pm June 17

Jayhawk Area Agency on Aging

2910 SW Topeka Blvd., Topeka

This event is being held for Adult Abuse Prevention Month.

Attendees are encouraged to wear purple on this day.


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.

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:  Scroll down the page to the “Receive Email Updates from KDADS/HCBS” and enter your name and email address to keep informed. 



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:

Details of the forums are as follows:

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



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



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



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


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




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.


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 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: – 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: – 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)




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#.



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

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

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  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, 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.