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Health Bill Could Reduce Medicaid Services For Children With Disabilities In Kansas Schools, By Celia Llopis-Jepsen, July 05, 2017

Salvation Army giving away fans Monday, By Phil Anderson, June 14, 2017

Lawmakers Approve Funding For Kansas Medicaid, Mental Health Centers; By Meg Wingerter, June 07, 2017

Kansas Crisis Centers Say New Law Creates Mental Health Funding Need, By Meg Wingerter, May 25, 2017

Federal Officials OK ‘Corrective Plan’ As Kansas Pursues KanCare Extension, By Meg Wingerter, May 24, 2017

Federal officials accept plan to fix Kansas Medicaid program, By Bryan Lowry, May 23, 2017

KanCare Renewal Public Meetings Scheduled, From the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS), May 23, 2017

Topeka ADA Advisory Council Launches Survey to Gauge Communities Perception of Accessibility Services, From the City of Topeka’s ADA Advisory Council, May 22, 2017

Poll Shows Most Kansans Support Medicaid Expansion, But Is It Too Late For This Session?, By Meg Wingerter, May 08, 2017

KU Hospital And For-Profit Chain To Acquire Troubled Topeka Hospital, By Jim McLean, May 04, 2017

Sources: KU Health System and Ardent will take over St. Francis, By Morgan Chilson, May 04, 2017

Kansas Lawmakers Unlikely To Vote Again On Medicaid Expansion, Says GOP Leader, By Jim McLean, May 01, 2017

KanCare Expansion forum shares potential Barton County impact, By Veronica Coons, April 24, 2017

Medicaid expansion advocates push for more support in Legislature, By John Hanna and Allison Kite, April 22, 2017

Stormont approached by St. Francis to take over assets, By Morgan Chilson, April 18, 2017

Hundreds Rally Against Closure Of Topeka Hospital At Center Of Medicaid Expansion Debate, By Jim McLean, April 18, 2017

KanCare Expansion Advocates Gearing Up For Another Override Attempt, By Jim McLean and Meg Wingerter, April 07, 2017

Gov. Brownback signs ‘Joey’s Law,’ drug overdose bills; By Tim Carpenter, March 06, 2017

Kansas House fails to override Brownback veto of Medicaid, By Celia Llopis-Jepsen, April 03, 2017

Brownback Veto Sets Up Medicaid Expansion Battle With Legislature, By Meg Wingerter and Stephen Koranda, March 30, 2017

Brownback vetoes Medicaid expansion, saying it’s ‘bad for Kansas’, By Celia Llopis-Jepsen, March 30, 2017

KanCare Expansion Bill Now Just One Step Away, By Jim McLean, March 27, 2017

KanCare Expansion Bill Heads To Senate For Vote Next Week, By Jim McLean, March 23, 2017

Cost Of KanCare Expansion Debated Ahead Of Key Vote, By Jim McLean, March 22, 2017

Kansas Congressman Questions Need To Care For Poor, Touts High-Risk Pools, By Jim McLean, March 08, 2017

KDHE Seeks Comments on KanCare Extension, From KDHE, March 2017

Midsession Checkup: Which Health Bills Have A Shot In Kansas?, By Meg Wingerter, March 06, 2017

Twenty percent Kansas nursing homes on violation ’red-flag’ list, By Tim Carpenter, March 06, 2017

KanCare Expansion Supporters Muscle Bill Through Kansas House, By Jim McLean, February 23, 2017

What’s The Matter With KanCare? Challenges On Four Fronts, By Andy Marso, February 22, 2017

House Committee Votes To Sideline KanCare Expansion Bill, By Meg Wingerter, February 20, 2017

Close Vote Expected on KanCare Expansion Bill, By Jim McLean, February 16, 2017

Kansas still studying fiscal effect of expanding Medicaid, Allison Kite, Associated Press, February 14, 2017

More Funding For Mental Health, Disability, Senior Services In Kansas: None Of The Above?, By Meg Wingerter, February 10, 2017

KanCare Expansion Advocates Stage Statehouse Rally And Pack Hearing, By Jim McLean, February 09, 2017

Plan To Restore KanCare Cuts Comes With Delay, By Andy Marso, February 08, 2017

Federal Officials Evaluating Plan To Fix KanCare Disability Services, By Andy Marso, February 02, 2017

KanCare reform measures grab attention of House, Senate committees, By Jonathan Shorman, January 31, 2017

Push to change KanCare starts; budget director plans to testify against bill, By Hunter Woodall, January 31, 2017

KanCare Expansion Supporters Tout New Poll Ahead Of Hearings, By Jim McLean, January 31, 2017

Bill Would Allow Medicaid Funding For Mental Health ‘Clubhouse’ Programs, By Meg Wingerter, January 27, 2017

Dental Care Provider Halts Services At Kansas Nursing Homes Amid Medicaid Backlog, By Andy Marso, January 24, 2017

Advocates, recipients react to Kansas officials’ pushback against federal KanCare report, By McKenna Harford, Special to The Capital-Journal, January 23, 2017

Facing skeptical lawmakers, state officials strike at critical KanCare report, By Jonathan Shorman, January 23, 2017

Lawmakers Seek Answers After KanCare Extension Denial, By Andy Marso, January 19, 2017

KanCare extension denied after scathing review finds noncompliance with federal law, By Jonathan Shorman, January 18, 2017

Brownback Budget Sets Up Fight With Legislature, By Andy Marso, January 11, 2017

Uncertainty looms over health care policy as lawmakers prepare for session, By Jonathan Shorman, January 05, 2017

Kansas Medicaid application backlog climbs again, By Andy Marso, December 19, 2016

Schmidt returns to top spot on Kansas Senate health committee, By Andy Marso, December 14, 2016

Reversing Medicaid cut a priority going into session, By Andy Marso, December 12, 2016

KanCare renewal efforts slow in anticipation of federal changes, By Jim McLean, November 18, 2016

Report questions health claims of Medicaid privatization in Kansas, By Tim Carpenter, November 17, 2016

Kansas mental health centers preparing to push lawmakers for solutions, By Jim McLean, November 16, 2016

Kansas Medicaid backlog concerns persist during open enrollment, By Andy Marso, November 14, 2016

State seeks Kansans with physical disabilities dropped from wait list, By Andy Marso, November 11, 2016

Federal officials question Kansas disability support policies, By Andy Marso, October 24, 2016

Kansas’ treatment of those with mental illness was a ‘study in neglect’ decades ago, By Jim McLean, October 23, 2016

Transitional care program aims to ease pressures at Osawatomie State Hospital, By Meg Wingerter, October 17, 2016

Medicaid payment change affects disability services network, Andy Marso, October 13, 2016

Need Disability Help In Kansas? Thousands Wait An Average Of Seven Years, By Alex Smith, October 11, 2016

Topeka Metro Offers Free Rides on Election Day, From the Topeka Metro, October, 10, 2016

Candidates say Legislature could revisit KanCare carve-out, By Andy Marso, October 06, 2016

Legislative candidates urge reform of state's Medicaid income limits, By Tim Carpenter, October 05, 2016

National meeting on Medicaid managed care to include focus on KanCare, By Jim McLean, September 26, 2016

After Medicaid cuts, top Kansas dentist drops two KanCare insurers, By Andy Marso, September 26, 2016

Legislative auditors can’t confirm Medicaid backlog numbers, By Andy Marso, September 21, 2016

Stormont Vail Health to close two regional clinics due to Medicaid cuts, lack of expansion, By Morgan Chilson, September 15, 2016

Kansas mental health centers face new budget realities, By Megan Hart, September 15, 2016

Hospital closure has some southeast Kansas candidates rethinking Medicaid expansion, By Jim McLean, September 06, 2016

Psychiatric care elusive for developmentally disabled Kansans, By Andy Marso, August 31, 2016

KNI dental clinic continues non-resident services despite budget cuts, By Andy Marso, August 29, 2016

Osawatomie State Hospital prepares for high-stakes federal review, By Bryan Lowry, August 27, 2016

Kansans touched by KanCare fill void left by cancellation of public forums, By Tim Carpenter, August 25, 2016

Local nonprofit organizations partner to serve people with disabilities, By Angela Deines, August 22, 2016

KDADS report shows little change in developmental disabilities wait list, By Megan Hart, August 17, 2016

Brownback to seek increase in hospital tax to restore Medicaid cuts, By Jim McLean, August 17, 2016

KanCare rate reduction forums canceled, By Andy Marso, August 17, 2016

State sets meetings on KanCare provider cut, By Andy Marso, August 16, 2016

GraceMed drops Topeka behavioral health services, By Megan Hart, August 09, 2016

Dental surgeon says low Medicaid reimbursements hurting disabled Kansans, By Andy Marso, August 09, 2016

KDADS official says waiting list for Medicaid physical disability services cleared, By Megan Hart, August 05, 2016

Bipartisan frustration over Kansas disability system: ‘Legislature be damned’, By Gabriella Dunn, August 05, 2016

Kansas lawmakers grill KDHE secretary, KanCare contractor over backlog: 'This is life and death', By Justin Wingerter, August 04. 2016

Community mental health centers report issues with Medicaid payments, By Megan Hart, August 04, 2016

Lawmakers set to examine KanCare issues amid frustration, By Jonathan Shorman, July 30, 2016

Senior care reduced in three-county area after cut, By Marcus Clem, July 30, 2016

Added staff, budget aim to help Osawatomie State Hospital ‘turn the corner’, By Megan Hart, July 28, 2016

Federal officials hear KanCare concerns as renewal looms, By Andy Marso, July 26, 2016

Shawnee County Election Office is looking for workers for the upcoming election, By Jared Thompson, July 25, 2016

Youth interns look to amp up the experience at the zoo for every guest, By Lindsay Sax, July 22, 2016

Students audit Topeka Zoo accessibility, By Luke Ranker, July 22, 2016

Loss of KU contract will diminish quality of mental health care, providers say, By Jim McLean, July 11, 2016

Disability Rights Center asks for Medicaid backlog records, By Andy Marso, July 11, 2016

Parsons transfers highlight shortage of disability services, By Andy Marso, July 08, 2016

Budget cuts ‘devastating’ Kansas mental health system, providers say, By Jim McLean, July 07, 2016

Kansas hospitals seek federal intervention to stop Medicaid cuts, By Jim McLean, June 30, 2016

Lack of Medicaid expansion played 'big' role in decision to sell St. Francis, hospital president says, By Jonathan Shorman, June 29, 2016

Free service that helps people navigate Medicare plans could vanish, By Gabriella Dunn, June 21, 2016

State to withhold $750k from contractor over faulty Medicaid backlog reports, By Jonathan Shorman, June 20, 2016

Kansas Medicaid backlog now quadruple what state thought, By Gabriella Dunn, June 17, 2016

Upcoming federal rule raises disability integration questions, By Andy Marso, June 16, 2016

Budget cuts lead to waiting list for senior services, By Andy Marso, June 06, 2016

Revenue shortfall spurs fear of more Medicaid cuts, By Andy Marso, June 01, 2016

Disability service providers await budget change details, By Andy Marso, May 27, 2016

Budget cut to Senior Care Act means cut to senior services, Special to The Hays Daily News, May 24, 2016

State floats possible Medicaid changes to skeptical audience, By Jonathan Shorman, May 24, 2016

Survey: Health care costs are bigger concern for Kansans, By Bryan Thompson, May 23, 2016

Few paper applications, long call wait times seen as barriers to applying for Medicaid in Kansas, By Jonathan Shorman, May 21, 2016

Brownback budget cuts include $56M from KanCare, By Megan Hart, May 18, 2016

Brownback may cut Medicaid reimbursement rates, lawmakers and lobbyists say, By Bryan Lowry and Gabriella Dunn, The Wichita Eagle, May 17, 2016

Mental health advocates question drug bill, By Melissa Hellmann, May 15, 2016

State seeks feedback on KanCare, By Andy Marso, May 10, 2016

Medicaid expansion advocates set sights on elections, By Andy Marso, May 09, 2016

KDADS spokeswoman: Waiver integration back soon, By Andy Marso, May 06, 2016

Kansas lawmakers narrowly pass budget fix, adjourn, By Bryan Lowry, The Wichita Eagle, May 01, 2016

Budget proviso would delay Medicaid waiver integration, By Andy Marso, April 30, 2016

Senate health negotiators focus on step therapy, welfare reform bills, By Megan Hart, April 27, 2016

Kansas to delay consolidation of 7 programs providing home services for disabled, By John Hanna, The Associated Press, April 26, 2016

Clients say turnover hinders regional DCF office for disabled employment, By Andy Marso, April 25, 2016

Advocates urge Kansas to eliminate Medicaid backlog, By Andy Marso, April 15, 2016

Seniors Ride Free During Month of May at Topeka Metro, From the Topeka Metro, April 2016

Behind the backlog: The problem-plagued rollout of KEES, By Andy Marso, April 11, 2016

Kansas disability advocates seek Sen. Roberts’ support of federal bill, By Megan Hart, April 05, 2016

Brownback administration sends mixed messages on waiver integration, By Andy Marso, April 01, 2016

Legislators refining bills on school seclusion, suicide prevention, By Allison Kite, March 24, 2016

Legislators say Brownback administration has agreed to delay waiver integration, By Andy Marso, March 24, 2016

Advocates, committee try to craft consensus to fix Kansas mental health system, By Megan Hart, March 15, 2016

Legislators want to postpone waiver integration, By KHI News Service, March 14, 2016

CMS wants plan to fix KanCare backlog, By Andy Marso, March 11, 2016

Disability advocates seek another delay on Medicaid waiver integration, By Andy Marso, March 02, 2016

Kansas native seeks legislative help to bring adapted sports to universities, By Allison Kite, February 26, 2016

Cost Of Rejecting Medicaid Expansion? $1 Billion And Counting, Kansas Hospitals Say, By Jim McLean, February 22, 2016

AG unit seeks to ‘refocus’ on reports of adult abuse, neglect, By Megan Hart, February 16, 2016

Senate health committee chairwoman ousted, By Andy Marso, February 14, 2016

Consultant tells House committee to boost disability employment funding, By Megan Hart, February 11, 2016

Senate adds savings report to Medicaid drug bill, By Andy Marso, February 10, 2016

Proposal Aims To Keep Kansas Mental Patients Out Of Jail, Courts And Emergency Rooms, By Tammy Worth, Heartland Health Monitor, February 09, 2016

Bill would further limit use of seclusion, restraint in schools, By Allison Kite, February 09, 2016

Mosier: KDHE open to ideas to mitigate Medicaid backlog, By Andy Marso, February 05, 2016

Bill allowing ‘fail first’ policy for Medicaid drugs headed to Senate, By Megan Hart, February 04, 2016

First Confirmed Influenza Cases of 2015-2016 Season Identified in Kansas, From the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), February 04, 2016

Problems with Medicaid eligibility system leave Kansans without care, By Andy Marso, February 01, 2016

Bill would require KanCare patients, doctors to first try lower-cost drugs, By Megan Hart, January 27, 2016

Disability group: Stop citing waiting lists to oppose Medicaid expansion, By Andy Marso, January 21, 2016

Lawmakers press agency leaders for answers to state hospital woes, By Jonathan Shorman, Topeka Capital-Journal, January 21, 2016

KDADS, Keck move forward on Medicaid waiver integration, By Andy Marso, January 21, 2016

LIEAP Application Period Opens Tuesday 1/15/2016, From the Kansas Department for Childern and Families (DCF), January 2016

Budget plan includes changes to KanCare prescriptions, end of 'health homes' program, By Megan Hart, January 13, 2015

Mental health advocates say Osawatomie troubles may provide chance to revamp system, By Megan Hart, January 05, 2015

Lawmakers consider controversial changes to reduce KanCare drug costs, By Jim McLean, December 30, 2015

Federal mental health reform bill raises civil rights questions, By Andy Marso, December 23, 2015

Mental health system at crossroads as session approaches, By Andy Marso, December 21, 2015

Osawatomie State Hospital facing loss of Medicare funds, By Daniel Salazar, The Wichita Eagle, December 18, 2015

Topeka's Marian Clinic, after 27 years, to end medical services Dec. 31, By the Topeka Capital-Journal, December 16, 2015

Kansas Medicaid Applicants Face Delays After Rollout Of New Computer System, By Andy Marso, December 14, 2015

Brownback names interim KDADS secretary, By KHI News Service, December 10, 2015

Report says Medicaid expansion would pay for itself, By Jim McLean, December 08, 2015

Navigators help Kansans with health insurance enrollment, By Bryan Thompson, November 25, 2015

KDADS secretary to step down, By Kansas Health Institute, November 23, 2015

Public Input Sought for New Voting Equipment in Shawnee County, From Andrew Howell, Shawnee County Commissioner of Elections, November 16, 2015

Medicaid expansion supporters booted from health committee, By Jim McLean and Andy Marso, November 11, 2015

Federal budget deal yields Medicaid savings, By Andy Marso, November 09, 2015

DCF forgoes $15M for disabled employment program, By Dave Ranney, November 04, 2015

Change your clocks, change your smoke alarm batteries, By Public Information Officer Kevin Doel, Office of the State Fire Marshal, October 27, 2015

Minimum wage ruling prompts KDADS request for additional funding, By Dave Ranney, October 15, 2015

Area Agencies on Aging say KDADS policy change will reduce services for seniors, By Dave Ranney, October 09, 2015

State delays integration of Medicaid services, By Andy Marso, October 06, 2015

Kansas hospital closure sparks war of words on Medicaid expansion, By Jim McLean, October 06, 2015

Disability community abuzz about waiver integration, By Andy Marso, September 30, 2015

Proposal would create ‘receiving center’ treatment option for mental health patients, By Dave Ranney, September 17, 2015

Stakeholder Meeting Invitation from Rehabilitation Services Director Michael Donnelly, September 14, 2015

Topeka Metro begins Transitioning All Routes to Designated Stops, From the Topeka Metro, September 08, 2015

KDADS investigates waiting list discrepancy, By Andy Marso, September 04, 2015

Advisory committee begins review of Medicaid mental health drugs, By Dave Ranney, September 01, 2015

State officials: Combining Medicaid waivers not about money, By Andy Marso, August 25, 2015

Advocacy group to share concerns about KanCare grievance process, By Dave Ranney, KHI News Service, August 20, 2015

Proposed KDADS policy changes to the Home & Community Based Services (HCBS) Progams could have a profound impact on your lives!, August 18, 2015

Kansans with disabilities say employment remains an issue, By Andy Marso, KHI News Service, August 13, 2015

KDHE, KDADS schedule public forums on HCBS Waiver Integration Project, From KDADS and KDHE, August 04, 2015

Deaf Kansans request Medicaid changes, By Andy Marso, KHI News Service, August 03, 2015

Thousands of Kansans mistakenly told they’re off Medicaid, By Peter Hancock, Lawrence Journal-World, July 31, 2015

Whooping cough continues to spread in Reno County, By Bryan Thompson, KHI News Service, July 20, 2015

The Salvation Army in Topeka will receive a shipment of nearly 120 fans to help those in need, From the Topeka Salvation Army, July 31, 2015

Panel finds that the Kansas mental health system is inadequate, jeopardizing patients and the public, By Dave Helling, Kansas City Star, July 29, 2015

Topeka Metro Service Updates Begin Saturday, August 1st, From the Topeka Metro, July 29, 2015

Physical disability waiting list dwindles amid questions, By Andy Marso, KHI News Service, July 20, 2015

Kobach urges Congress to ratify controversial health compact, By Jim McLean, KHI News Service, July 13, 2015

KanCare not working for people with disabilities, advocates say, By Andy Marso, KHI News Service, July 07, 2015

Is Kansas Mental Health System Near Breaking Point?, By Dave Ranney, Heartland Health Monitor, June 29, 2015

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Advocacy Organizations and Informational Resources

AARP Kansas is dedicated to enhancing quality of life for all as we age. We lead positive social change and deliver value to members through information, advocacy and service.

Assistive Technology for Kansans connects people with disabilities and health conditions of all ages with the assistive technology they need to learn, work, play and participate in community life safely and independently.

The Association of Community Mental Health Centers of Kansas Inc. advances the interest of CMHCs and the individuals they serve. The primary goal of CMHCs is to provide quality care, treatment and rehabilitation to individuals with mental health problems in the least restrictive environment. The CMHCs provide services to all those needing it, regardless of economic level, age or type of illness.

The Kansas Audio-Reader Network is a reading and information service for blind, visually impaired, and print disabled individuals in Kansas and western Missouri. Services are offered free of charge to anyone in our listening area who is unable to read normal printed material.

The Big Tent Coalition is a coalition of social service providers in Kansas.

Community Supports and Services (CSS) manages a system of community based supports and services for persons with disabilities. Those supports and services, are delivered in partnerships with organized networks and funded through a variety of federal, state, local, and private sources. Community service providers reflect a variety of private not-for-profit and for-profit organizations as well as governmental entities.

KDHE Division of Health Care Finance (formerly Kansas Health Policy Authority) is the principal health care agency for the state of Kansas. DHCF serves as the single state Medicaid agency in Kansas and is responsibel for administering the medical portion of the Kansas Medicaid program, as well as the state Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP, also known as "HealthWave"); MediKan, which provides coverage for certain low-income, disabled Kansans; the State Employee Health Program; and the State Self-Insurance Fund

Envision is a private, not-for-profit agency uniquely combining employment opportunities with rehabilitation services and public education. Our Mission To enhance the personal independence of individuals whose blindness or low vision, often accompanied by other disabilities, impacts their opportunities for employment, success, and integration into community life.

Kansas Donated Dental Services is a project initiated by the National Foundation for Dentistry for the Handicapped and the Kansas Dental Association. Its purpose is to provide free, comprehensive care for people who are permanently disabled, elderly and medically compromised who are unable to afford dental care. The Kansas dentists volunteering for DDS donate services in their own offices. Dental laboratories contribute services.

Families Together is the Parent Training and Information center serving Kansas families who include a son/daughter with disabilities. We train and inform parents and professionals, help families obtain appropriate education and services for their children with disabilities, work to improve education results for all children, resolve problems between families and schools or other agencies and connect children with disabilities to community resources that address their needs.

The Gallaudet University Regional Center at Johnson County Community College offers extension courses, training workshops and technical assistance to address the educational, transition, and professional development needs from birth through adulthood of deaf and hard of hearing people, their families and professionals who work with them.

Official website for the Governor of Kansas.

KanCare is the program through which the State of Kansas administers Medicaid. Kansas has contracted with three managed care organizations (MCOs), to coordinate health care for nearly all Medicaid beneficiaries. The KanCare health plans are Amerigroup of Kansas, Inc. (Amerigroup), Sunflower State Health Plan (Sunflower), and UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Kansas (United). is the official website for the State of Kansas.

Kansas Action Network, Inc. or KAN, is a broad based coalition for workers' rights, social justice and economic fairness seeking a common ground in the pursuit of a just society. We call upon our common values in order to educate, organize and mobilize on issues that will improve the working and living conditions for all men, women, and children in Kansas.

The Kansas Assistive Technology Co-Operative (KATCO) provides Kansans with disabilities and their families access to financial resources for acquiring assistive technology. Families on fixed incomes, or who have credit problems related to disabilities, may qualify for loans. KATCO offers assistance with a combination of education, savings and low interest borrowing.

The Kansas Association of Centers for Independent Living (KACIL), represents 12 Centers for Independent Living (CILs). Centers provide services to people with disabilities of all ages. Centers for Independent Living also provide assistance to businesses and all other entities in the community to assist them in offering services to people with disabilities. We advocate at a state and national level for the rights of all people with disabilities to live in the communities of their choice.

The Kansas Association for the Medically Underserved (KAMU) is the state Primary Care Association (PCA) and is charged with providing training, technical assistance to, and advocacy on behalf of, federally-funded Community Health Centers in Kansas. KAMU's Mission is to promote access to high quality, culturally sensitive, comprehensive, cost effective primary health care services for the medially underserved in the state, regardless of ability to pay.

The Kansas Attorney General's Office, promoting human dignity through justice with compassion and professional excellence.

The Kansas Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing advocates for and facilitates equal access to quality, coordinated and comprehensive services that enhance the quality of life for Kansans who are deaf and hard of hearing.

The Kansas Commmision on Disability Concerns (KCDC) - An information and referral office, providing technical assistance on civil rights and legislative issues.

The Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services(KDADS) - is responsible for overseeing and administering the state’s Older American’s Act programs, behavioral health programs, home and community based services (HCBS) for older adults and persons with disabilities, the management and oversight of five state hospitals, survey and certification for adult care homes and the distribution of Medicaid long-term care payments.

The Department of Children and Family Services (DCF) - is responsible for overseeing and administering children and adult protection services, adoption services, foster care support, child support services, welfare (including Medicaid) and food assistance programs, as well as services dedicated to vocational rehabilitation.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) optimizes the promotion and protection of the health of Kansans through efficient and effective public health programs and services and through preservation, protection and remediation.

The Kansas Housing Resources Corporation mission is to enhance Kansas communities with housing opportunities. This goal is achieved through using a variety of strategies and approaches, including increasing homeownership opportunities, leveraging the construction of more affordable rental housing, preserving existing housing through rehabilitation, promoting energy efficiency improvements for owner-occupied and rental housing, providing affordable housing through rent assistance to low-income families and senior citizens, and creating housing opportunities for previously underserved persons and communities.

The Kansas Human Rights Commission investigates complaints alleging discrimination and conducts public education programs designed to prevent discrimination.

The Kansas State School for the Blind (KSSB) empowers students with the knowledge, attitudes, and skills to assume responsible roles in society and to lead fulfilling lives. KSSB strives to establish partnerships with parents, school districts, and community resources to promote access to a high quality education for all Kansas students with visual impairments, regardless of where they attend school.

The Kansas State School for the Deaf provides a barrier-free communication environment which fosters early, fluent communication and on-going fluent communication as a means of broadening horizons and maximizing possibilities.

The Kansas Talking Book Service provides free home delivery of library resources designed to meet the cultural and recreational needs of Kansas citizens unable to use standard print because of a visual or physical impairment.

The Kansas Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Program is designed to assess, plan, develop and provide VR services to eligible individuals with disabilities, consistent with their strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, abilities, capabilities, interests and informed choice. By providing services in this way, the VR program enables individuals with disabilities to prepare for and engage in gainful employment.

Kansas Youth Empowerment Academy (KYEA) promotes and supports the development of youth with disabilities so they become empowered as community leaders through education, mentoring, and peer support.

The Kansas Youth Leadership Forum is a motivational five day forum in which a group of about 30-40 high school juniors and seniors, with various disabilities, come together to learn about leadership, advocacy, and goal setting. Through various small and large sessions, delegates are able to interact with, and learn from each other and successful adults with disabilities. Small sessions give delegates the opportunity to share experiences and explore personal leadership and career plans. Large sessions involve speakers in the community who address everything from resources to assistive technology, from disability history to adaptive recreation.

Keys for Networking, Inc. is a non-profit, 501©3 organization providing information, support, and training to families in Kansas whose children who have educational, emotional, and/or behavioral problems. is a housing locator service, sponsored by Kansas Housing Resources Corporation, which provides detailed information on affordable rental housing available throughout Kansas and allows people to locate housing that best fits their individual needs. The site can be accessed online 24 hours a day and is supported by a toll-free, bilingual call center at 1-877-428-8844, M-F, 9-8 EST.

Mission of Mercy program, sponsored by the Kansas Dental Charitable Foundation, is an annual event that provides free dental care to all patients on a first come-first served basis after first receiving a health screen prior to a dental assessment.

The Self Advocate Coalition of Kansas or SACK, is the statewide self-advocate group. SACK is made up of over 20 member local self-advocate groups from all over Kansas. What is a self-advocate group? A self-advocate group is a civic organization for adults with developmental disabilities. The purpose of self-advocate groups is to provide leadership experience, community involvement opportunities and to support the inclusion of people with developmental disabilities in the community.

Senior Health Insurance Counseling for Kansas (SHICK) is a free program offering Kansans an opportunity to talk with trained, community volunteers and get answers to questions about Medicare and other insurance issues.

The Statewide Independent Living Council of Kansas develops a State Independent Living Plan through external input, which ensures independent living for Kansans, advocates for the accomplishment of the State Plan objectives, monitors, reviews, and evaluates the implementation of the plan and is a statewide catalyst for independent living.

Topeka Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Advisory Council supports the civil rights of and full integration into Topeka community life for all people with disabilities by working toward providing full access to facilities, programs, services, activities and employment.

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The Cost of Untreated Mental Illness in Greater Kansas City, Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City, February 2012 - Approximately one in every 10 adults in the Greater Kansas City area has a serious mental illness (SMI).Without treatment, SMI can lead to unemployment, increased hospital and emergency room use, incarceration, suicide, and early death due to chronic medical conditions. An economic model was developed by The HSM Group, Ltd. to quantify the costs of untreated SMI among adults. (Cost of Untreated Mental Illness in Kansas Factsheet)

The Intersection between Budget Cuts to Services and Civil Rights of People with Disabilities under the “Olmstead” Decision, Presented to: The House Committee on Long Term Care and Aging, Provided by:  Mike Oxford, Executive Director, Topeka Independent Living Resource Center, January 26, 2010 - This testimony presents a cogent argument regarding the necessity for systematic, comprehensive, long range planning to address the future long term care needs of our state that culminates in the development of an Olmstead Plan for the state of Kansas.

Going Home - Is a booklet about home and community based options to institutional care. It explains how TILRC can help you get the healthcare services and supports you need in your own home and community. (printable version in rtf format)

Legislative Procedure in Kansas, Kansas Legislative Research Department, November 2006

Testimony Presented to the House Committee on Appropriations in Support of and Requesting Consideration of Amendments to HB 2673, By Mike Oxford, TILRC Executive Director, March 9, 2010 - HB 2673 would create a Medicaid provider assessment on nursing facilities in Kansas. Revenue from the assessment would be used to finance initiatives to maintain or improve the quality and quantity of care in Kansas in both nursing facilities and HCBS Waiver Programs.

Testimony addressing House Bill 2656 before the House Committee on Long Term Care and Aging; Bob Bethell, Chair; Presented by Mike Oxford, Executive Director - HB 2656 would transfer all powers, duties and functions of the Adult Protective Services Program (APS) of the Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services (SRS) to the Office of the Attorney General as of January 1, 2013.

Testimony to the Senate Committee on Ways and Means, SRS Budget Sub-committee; Carolyn K. McGinn, Chair; Presented by Mike Oxford, Executive Director: March 09, 2012

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