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.)