Resource Center for Independent Living, Inc. (RCIL) is hiring!  Please review the open positions below:

Transitional Living Skills Specialist(s) – Work part-time with individuals that have experienced traumatic brain injury as they re-learn independent living skills. Training provided. Great hourly pay. In the El Dorado, Potwin, Fredonia, Overland Park, Lawrence, Devon/Fort Scott, LaCygne, and Quenemo areas. Call Tania Harrington at 1-800-580-7245 for more details or request an application by email at hr@rcilinc.org.

Driver/Assistant Technology Assistant  – Work part-time and based from RCIL’s office in Topeka and will drive to and from locations, providing transportation for staff and also delivering and picking-up assistive technology and durable medical equipment as assigned. The Driver/AT Asst. shall focus his/her work complimentary to the spirit and intent of the independent living philosophy.  Requirements include: Ability to drive company vehicles without restriction; ability to lift (and/or team-lift) carry, push or pull up to 150 lbs. Frequent bending, kneeling and reaching; experience that demonstrates organization and planning abilities; experience that demonstrates strong desire to help others; working telephone; and valid Kansas Driver’s License.  Also, communicate with the other staff to coordinate schedule; deliver and/or pick-up equipment to consumer’s homes and other locations; maintain appropriate positive, professional interpersonal relationships with staff, peers, consumers, volunteers and other stakeholders; enter data regarding deliveries and pick-ups in to database; schedule deliveries; and other duties as assigned.  Qualified people with disabilities are encouraged to apply!  Request an application via email to hr@rcilinc.org or fax resume to 785-528-3665 – Attn: HR.

Assistive Technology Specialist – Work part-time to assist individuals with disabilities to participate more independently within their environment through assistive technology including, but not limited to: communication devices, durable medical equipment, and positioning and mobility devices. To apply submit a resume, references and cover letter to: hr@rcilinc.org or call Deone Wilson, Executive Director, at 785-528-3105 to request necessary accommodations to the application process. Qualified persons with a disability are encouraged to apply.

 

 

Do you want to help others? Are you looking for rewarding work with a flexible schedule and great hourly pay?  Resource Center for Independent Living, Inc. (RCIL) is seeking to hire patient, and caring Transitional Living Specialists, committed to creative problem solving and overcoming barriers,  to work one-on-one with individuals in their homes who have experienced traumatic brain injury as they re-learn life skills.  Experience not required. Paid training is provided.  Applicants must meet background check requirements.  Opening available in the following areas: El Dorado, Potwin, Fredonia, Overland Park, Lawrence, Devon/Fort Scott, LaCygne, and Quenemo.  RCIL is a non-profit organization that is committed to working with individuals, families, and communities to promote independent living and individual choice to persons with disabilities.  Submit resume or request an application via email to tania@rcilinc.org or by calling Tania Harrington at 800-580-7245. 

 

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 www.KDADS.ks.gov 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: www.KDADS.ks.gov – 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: HCBS-KS@kdads.ks.gov – 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)

Date

Location

City

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#.

Date

Time

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 www.kdads.ks.gov.

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

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month. You have probably been hearing more lately about brain injury, as soldiers return from Iraq and Afghanistan, as professional and school sports are looking more at preventing brain injuries, and with the recent high profile brain injury of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. Here are some stats that you may not know.

  • 1.7 million people in the US sustain a brain injury each year – 475,000 of those are children.
  • 3.1 million individuals in the US live with a life-long disability as a result of brain injury.
  • Each year in the US, 52,000 people will die, 275,000 will be hospitalized, and 1.365 will be treated an released from ERs.
  • TBI is a contributing factor to 1/3 of all injury related deaths in the US each year.
  • Among children 0-14 years old, brain injury resulted in 2,685 deaths, 37,000 hospitalizations, and 475,000 ER visits.

Were you surprised by these statistics? Many people do not realize the extent that Brain Injury impacts us in our communities and across the nation.
Brain injury can happen to anyone at anytime. The leading causes of brain injury are:

  • Falls – 35.2%
  • Motor Vehicle crashes/accidents – 17.3%
  • Struck by/against events – 16.5%
  • Assaults – 10%

The symptoms of brain injury can be overlooked if the person has other physical or mental issues presenting. Brain Injury Awareness advocates are working hard to make sure that places like ERs, Doctor’s offices, Law Enforcement facilities, social services agencies, and others are aware of the symptoms of brain injury and know how to refer someone to get the needed assessments. The Mayo Clinic has a great list of symptoms association with brain injuries from Mild to Severe.

While a lot is unknown about our brains and no two brain injuries are ever the same either in causation or symptomology, the experts agree that recovery is most effective when rehabilitation starts as soon as possible. Most people who sustain brain injuries will recover in a short period of time; however, sometimes even a “mild” brain injury can have lasting impact.

For more information about Brain Injury please visit the Brain Injury Association of Kansas and Greater Kansas City If you, or someone you love has a brain injury and are in need of in-home rehabilitation services through Medicaid, please contact us at 1-800-580-7245.