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Governor hopefuls want power to change KanCare. Colyer official says they’ll have it, By Jonathan Shorman, August 20, 2018

Kansas Nears New Deal With Troubled KanCare Contractor, Maximus, By Stephen Koranda, August 21, 2018

Kansas Medicaid Woes Prolong Wait For Autistic Kids Needing Therapy, By Celia Llopis-Jepsen, May 30, 2018

KanCare Contractor Must Fix Backlog Problems Soon Or Face Fines, By Jim McLean, May 29, 2018

Voting in Kansas? Mind These Deadlines, By Stephen Koranda, May 29, 2018

Brain-injury therapy provider stunned by KanCare insurance company’s 28 percent rate cut, By Tim Carpenter, May 19, 2018

Does KanCare work? The state's data is so bad, legislative auditors can't tell, By Andy Marso, May 09, 2018

Feds Say Kansas Can’t Cap Time On Medicaid, By Celia Llopis-Jepsen, May 07, 2018

Project Heat Relief, From the City of Topeka, May 07, 2018

KanCare Compromise Gives Legislature Final Say On Medicaid Work Requirement, By Jim McLean, May 03, 2018

Annual Topeka JUMP meeting focuses on housing and transportation, By Brianna Childers, April 30, 2018

Kansas Lawmakers Move To Box Out Colyer On New Medicaid Restrictions, By Jim McLean, April 26, 2018

Colyer Insisting On Work-For-Coverage Requirement In Kansas Medicaid Rules, By Jim McLean, April 24, 2018

Legislature’s Medicaid panel tussles again on Gov. Colyer’s reform plan, By Tim Carpenter, April 23, 2018

How a small company above a N.J. pizza parlor put Kansas nursing home residents at risk, By Kelsey Ryan and Andy Marso, April 16, 2018

Double Up Food Bucks part of local farmers markets, By Jessica Cole, April 10, 2018

Kansas Regulators Say Quick Action Needed To Protect Residents Of Failing Nursing Homes, By Jim McLean, April 05, 2018

Adherents of Medicaid expansion in Kansas apply extra heat to GOP lawmakers, By Tim Carpenter, April 04, 2018

Expand KanCare Rally at the State Capitol, April 3rd from 2 to 3pm!

Over-sedation a crisis at nursing homes. Kansas legislation won't help, groups say, By Kelsy Ryan Andy Marso, March 20, 2018

Mike Oxford: KanCare legislation must be heard, By Mike Oxford, March 19, 2018

Seven diagnosed with measles in Johnson, Miami counties. Aldi, YMCA among risk sites, By Andy Marso, March 16, 2018

Medicaid Pause Button Locked Up By KanCare Expansion Debate, By Madeline Fox, March 13, 2018

Moral issue of KanCare expansion important to many Kansans, By David Sanford, March 08, 2018

KDADS mistakenly releases medical, confidential information on 11,000 Kansans, By Tim Carpenter, March 01, 2018

Pest control businesses report increase in bedbugs at commercial buildings, By Morgan Chilson, February 27, 2018

KanCare changes leave seniors struggling to get, keep Medicaid coverage, By Andy Marso, February 22, 2018

Kansas tells Medicaid contractor: Shape up, or face millions in fines, By Jonathan Shorman, February 16, 2018

Lawsuit: Kansas Medicaid Should Pay For Pricey Hep C Treatment, By Dan Margolies, February 15, 2018

Effort For Long-Term Extension Of Kansas' Privatized Medicaid Might Run Short, By Jim McLean, January 22, 2018

Republican Opposition To KanCare 2.0 Echoing Democratic Gripes on Privatized Medicaid, By Jim McLean, January 16, 2018

New leadership and oversight for KanCare as program approaches critical period, By Andy Marso, January 12, 2018

Kansas GOP, Democrats urge Sam Brownback to postpone Medicaid remodeling, By Tim Carpenter, January 10, 2018

Planned Parenthood Foe To Head Kansas Health Agency; Lawmaker Named Top Medical Officer, By Jim McLean, January 03, 2018

Advocates Push Kansas Bill To Suspend, Not Terminate, Medicaid During Incarceration, By Madeline Fox, December 28, 2017

Medicaid application delays are forcing Kansas nursing homes to turn people away, By Andy Marso, December 15, 2017

Need for dental access persists in Kansas, By Mary Clarkin, December 11, 2017

Legislative Panel Backs KanCare Renewal Plan, But Opponents Hope To Block Implementation, By Jim McLean, December 01, 2017

KanCare Concerns A Challenge For Officials Seeking To Renew Privatized Medicaid Plan, By Jim McLean, November 20, 2017

Caregivers of disabled left in dark under Kansas’ private healthcare system, By Andy Marso, November 16, 2017

"Grassroots Advocacy from Kansas Soil" Hall Center for the Humanities Disability Studies Seminar by TILRC ED Ami Hyten, November 30, 2017, 3-4:30PM, 900 Sunnyside Ave, KU, Lawrence, KS 66045

Kansas Medicaid Officials Unveil KanCare Renewal Plan To Mixed Reviews, By Jim McLean, October 27, 2017

Kansas Launches Final Phase Of Troubled Enrollment System, By Stephen Koranda, September 27, 2017

Prairie Village mom of son with disabilities lobbies Moran to vote against Graham-Cassidy, By Jay Senter, September 26, 2017

Cassidy-Graham is like previous Affordable Care Act repeal bills. It will hurt Kansans., By Sandy Praeger, September 20, 2017

Senate’s latest healthcare reform attempt of concern to KASB, By Nick Gosnell, September 19, 2017

Kansas nursing home inspectors didn’t follow up on half of problems found, report says, By Andy Marso and Hunter Woodall, September 11, 2017

Obamacare Premiums Mixed For Kansas Consumers, While Missouri Rates Climb, By Jim McLean and Alex Smith, September 01, 2017

KDADS secretary Tim Keck pitches privatization of troubled Osawatomie hospital, By Allison Kite, August 30, 2017

Fact Meter: Kansas budget director’s chart offers misleading view of KanCare waiting list, By Tim Carpenter, August 28, 2017

Foster parents of children with disabilities face unique challenges under KanCare, lawmakers told, By Peter Hancock, August 23, 2017

Osawatomie State Hospital Back On Track For Recertification, Officials Say, By Jim McLean, August 16, 2017

Lawmakers vent frustration over lack of progress recertifying Osawatomie State Hospital, By Peter Hancock, August 03, 2017

Moran, Roberts Vote For ‘Skinny Repeal’ As McCain Casts Deciding Vote Against It, By Jim McLean, July 28, 2017

Kansas Senator Moran Votes To Trigger Debate On ACA Repeal Bill, By Jim McLean, July 25, 2017

U.S. senators expected to vote on health care debate, By Allison Kite, July 24, 2017

Big Tent Save Medicaid Rally and Press Conference!

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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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. TILRC testified in favor of increasing the amount of revenue raised by the tax that goes to HCBS programs to 20%.

Update of the Kansas Act Against Discrimination (HB 2533) - This bill would amend the Kansas Act Against Discrimination (KAAD) in order to align the KAAD with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Amendments Act (ADAAA) of 2008. The ADAAA makes important changes to the definition of the term "disability" by rejecting the holdings in several Supreme Court decisions and portions of EEOC's ADA regulations. These changes make it easier for an individual seeking protection under the ADA to establish that he or she has a disability within the meaning of the ADA.

The Community Attendant Worker Act (SB 566) - This bill from the 2007/2008 Session asks for a study to be conducted that will provide annual reports to the legislature detailing the amount of funding needed to properly compensate attendants for work and mileage as well as how to provide attendants access to quality, affordable health insurance. (Although SB 566 do not pass this session, SRS plans to include the study called for in the legislation as part of a study on systems capacity building funded through the Systems Transformation Grant)

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Advocacy Organizations and Informational Resources

Alliance for a Healthy Kansas is a statewide coalition working in communities throughout Kansas to encourage people and organizations to promote policies aimed at assuring everyone has the opportunity to attain their highest level of health. The first policy goal of the Alliance is to expand KanCare to cover more Kansans.

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.

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 Servicesis a project initiated by Dental Lifeline Network, a national humanitarian organization, and the Kansas Dental Association. Its purpose is to provide free, comprehensive care for people who are permanently disabled, elderly, or medically compromised who are unable to afford dental care. 

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.

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. is the official website for the State of Kansas.

Kansas Association of Centers for Independent Living (KACIL), represents seven 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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Kansas 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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Kansas State School for the Deaf (KSD) 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.

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.

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.

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.

Kansas Dental Charitable Foundation sponsors the Mission of Mercy program, a semiannual 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.

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.

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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