RCIL is participating in the Chiefs Ticket Fundraiser again this year.  This year is a little different as the tickets range in price but RCIL will receive $10 per ticket! There are 10 home games to chose from this season. New this year you can purchase tickets to Monster Jam and International Champion Cup both of which will be held at Arrowhead.

To purchase tickets: go to https://www.chiefs.com/ticketfundraiser; click the game you want to attend; then enter promo code RCILINC (all caps).

Thank you for supporting RCIL and Go Chiefs!



Support Resource Center for Independent Living, Inc. by going to a Kansas City Chiefs game!   It’s fun and easy!

Click here to purchase your tickets:   KC Chiefs Tickets

Choose as many tickets as you would like and enter the promo code:  RCILINC

RCIL will receive $10 for each ticket purchased. Each ticket costs $33.50.  Funds raised will be used to support RCIL’s programs and services for Kansans with disabilities.  Tickets are limited, so don’t wait.  Please forward this message to your friends and families and encourage them to participate.

Eligible Games:

Thursday 8/9: 7:30pm vs. Houston Texans

Thursday 8/30: 7:30pm vs. Green Bay Packers

Sunday 10/7: 12:00pm vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

Sunday 10/21: 12:00pm vs. Cincinnati Bengals

Sunday 11/11: 12:00pm vs. Arizona Cardinals


Resource Center for Independent Living, Inc. (RCIL), a non-profit organization, wishes to thank the family of Patricia Peterson for naming RCIL as the beneficiary of memorial contributions made in her name. As a founding board member of RCIL, Mrs. Peterson was instrumental in creating and overseeing Resource Center for Independent Living, Inc. in 1984 which has since then realized significant growth and served thousands of Kansans with disabilities over the last 33+ years.

What does RCIL do? RCIL receives a grant from Kansas Rehabilitation Services to provide Core Services including Independent Living Skills Training, Advocacy, Peer Support, Youth Transition, and Nursing Facility Transition in fifteen counties.  Information and Referral is available to all regardless of residency.  RCIL provides Assistive Technology services and Orientation & Mobility services.  RCIL also has available the Anita Casey Memorial Medical Equipment Loan Program and Build a Ramp Program which are made possible with funding from Osage County.  RCIL also contracts to provide Financial Management Services for several of the Medicaid waiver programs and Transitional Living Services for individuals that have experienced Traumatic Brain Injury and more.

The memorial donations made by Mrs. Peterson’s loved ones were used toward the purchase of a 27 foot portable, accessible ramp (similar to the one pictured below) that is now available for temporary loan (up to 90 days with an option to extend an additional 90 days), free of charge to assist residents of Osage County while rehabilitating from illness or injury or until a permanent ramp can be built. RCIL has recently received several inquiries for such ramp and recognizes that having a temporary ramp may expedite discharge from a hospital or nursing facility.  Call RCIL at 785-528-3105 to inquire about the ramp or other programs and services.

Peterson and Ramp


RCIL will be hosting two low vision fairs in March.  The fairs will be on March 6th in Baxter Springs and March 7th in Garnett.  Both fairs will be located at the town’s library and will be from 1:00-3:00pm.

During that time Mandy Smith, Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist, will present on iKan-RCIL’s program and services and will introduce representatives from other agencies that serve the low vision/blind population.  In Baxter Springs, the agencies will include: Assistive Technology for Kansans (ATK), Audio Reader, and Kansas Talking Books.  Garnett’s line up will be NanoPac, Audio Reader, and Kansas Talking Books.  Along with presenting on available resources, agencies will also have demonstrations of equipment for hands-on opportunities.

If you have questions feel free to call Mandy Smith (785) 528-3105 or email her at Amanda.smith@rcilinc.org

Fliers are located below with the address of both locations.

Baxter Springs LV Fair 2018Baxter Springs LV Fair 2018


RCIL will be hosting a Trunk or Treat at its Osage City location on October 27th.  The event will be from 5:00pm-7:00pm in the parking lot of 1137 Laing in Osage City.  You can participate in two different ways: you may bring treats to hand out from your trunk or you may bring children dressed in costume to enjoy the event.  There is no cost for the event.  We hope to see many of you out there!

Who: YOU!

What: Open House – FREE lunch, door prizes

When: September 25th 11:00am-1:00pm

Where: Osage City RCIL office (1137 Laing Osage City, KS 66532)

Why: RCIL turned 30 on September 21st!


Just like any other twenty-seven year old American woman I just want to live a happy, successful, and meaningful life. From the outside I look like a “normal” woman. When you look at my brown hair, brown eyes, and average height you will see a woman who looks pretty “normal”. What you won’t see is my disability.

I don’t use a wheelchair, I don’t have crutches, no cane, and no tell tale sign that says I have a disability. As a young child I had severe medical problems that gave way to Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy and damage to the Ulnar nerve in my right arm. I also happen to be right arm dominant.

I struggled for much of my life to maintain “normal” activities with my right arms movement and use being somewhat limited. As I got older the limitations increased and the pain became a daily companion. At the age of 24 I finally gave up and applied for SSDI. I was approved in April of 2008.

Difficulties mounted

This was a minor victory because I quickly came to a place where I realized that I was entering a very dark phase of my life. December 2009 I moved back to Kansas after spending three years in Maine. I settled on Ottawa, Kansas and purposed in my heart that I would make this work.

January of 2010 I moved into my apartment with my roommate. By March I began to realize that I was in trouble. My roommate worked more than ever before and that meant that I spent more time alone. My depression and anxiety became so severe that I stopped going out in public. The fear and anxiety related to the social stigmas surrounding disabilities weighed heavy on my heart.

I saw 2 to 4 doctors a week and took 23 medications a day. I honestly spent my days sleeping and mindlessly passing the hours. Life continued on his murky path for months. I realized that I had more trouble doing the basic things around my home that “normal” people just do. I was struggling to function.

Finally I heard about a company in town that had some services for people with disabilities. I called this company and spoke to the receptionist. I scheduled an in-home appointment and within two weeks cancelled it.

I was embarrassed and ashamed. Here I sat at the age of 26 unable to carry out the most basic human tasks. I was struggling with just brushing my hair and would just throw it up into pony tails to hide the tangles.

Taking the First Steps

Two months later I gave in, swallowed what tiny bit of pride that I had left, and called that company back. I expected them to just hang up on me. I mean who would blame them? I wasted their time and cancelled last time.

Instead of being faced with indifference or rudeness I was treated with respect and more kindness than was even deserved. I set the appointment and hung up feeling, if even only slightly, hopeful!

A week later the gentleman from that company came to my house. As we went through the appointment I felt so ashamed and embarrassed that tears came. I found myself having to tell this kind stranger things about my body and my health that I had never told anyone.

After the assessment he told me about the steps involved and the waiting list. I was disheartened. I had opened up about all of this and told all my secrets. I told him all of it and it was for nothing because I would not see services for years.

Finding Hope in Working Healthy

Then he told me that there was the working healthy program. He explained the basics and also told me that he may be able to get me a job where he works. I was delighted. Could this really happen?

After our appointment was completed I called Working Healthy. I was accepted into the program within two weeks. I interviewed at the gentleman’s company and got the job in September 2010. I was just amazed. I kept thinking was there really a CHOICE for me? Could I really get out of this dark place and modulate towards a better future?

I look back at the way my life was and compare it to my life now. I went from being so depressed that I would not go out in public and dealing with so much chronic pain that I could not function to who I am now. I am so proud to say that I am now in a much better place.

One year to the day after being hired I was promoted. I help people with disabilities every day. I help them learn to help themselves and I understand their struggles. I help with wheelchair ramps, mountains of paperwork, assistive technology, medical equipment, finding funding sources, youth advocacy, and I help people learn Independent Living Skills.


All I can honestly say is thank you! Thank you to the wonderful people that I am now lucky enough to call my co-workers who took a chance on me. Thank you to Jonathan Sproule for coming that day to assess me and telling me that I could get up and telling me that I could live and not just survive.

Thank you to my mother Rita Marriott who is also my PCA, helps me be the best me that I can be, comes to work every day to help me, and never stops believing in me. Thank you to the Resource Center for Independent Living! RCIL has helped me find my voice, has helped me find my independence, and has helped me realize that I too can fan the flame of acceptance!

Without RCIL and centers just like it all over Kansas I know that I would NOT be where I am today.

This is a guest post written and submitted by Jennifer S. Thank you, Jennifer for sharing your story!








We have written a lot on this blog about the change to the Financial Management Services (FMS) change in Home and Community Based Services and the implementation of Kansas AuthentiCare. This change resulted in a massive overhaul of our Payroll Department and the staff members that work in Payroll have been inundated with new duties.

One of our Payroll staff members, Lisa Cantrell, offers us a glimpse into a day in payroll. I promise that by the time you read it, you will be ready for a nap.

What does Payroll do?

Payroll makes sure the workers are not going over the plan of care, that their hand written in/out times total correctly daily, weekly, and semi-monthly and that the consumer and worker has signed the time sheet daily. We also check to make sure they are performing the duties that were assigned by the targeted case manager.

After getting the time sheets approved, we have to cross reference the numbers of hours being paid to the number of hours being billed. We then have to bill Medicaid, go back and make adjustments for old time sheets turned in, and send out the checks (again double checked for accuracy).

We also have to send out client obligation invoices to those people that are to pay a portion of their care. Once that is all complete, we have other programs that need to be hand billed directly, workers packets to check over before the worker can be hired, and time sheets to send out.

We take calls from SRS, the Housing Authority, and workers needing their weekly and semi-weekly gross incomes. We send out periodic statements to apartment complexes needing to know what people have paid in on their client obligations after getting a release of information statement from the consumer.

Payroll is also responsible for third-party billing for those consumers who have Medicaid in conjunction with another insurance provider. We have to bill them, wait for a denial and then submit the denial before we can be reimbursed. This process required four steps during the month before KS Authenticare. It now requires up to 62 processing steps to achieve the same results.

All of this is accomplished while there are literally hundreds of phone calls coming into Payroll from consumers and Direct Support Workers who have had trouble with the KS AuthentiCare/EVV system, who have forgotten to clock in our out, or who need some other assistance.

Thank you

We want to extend a huge “Thank You” to our Payroll staff for their tireless work to keep things running smoothly, Direct Support Workers paid on time, and acting as the first line in detecting any billing issues. They are truly the backbone of our Home and Community Based Services provision and we are lucky to have the best team out there.