Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Power Up! 2016 Pre-Conference

HCBS Settings Final Rule…You mean we might have to change?!?

How is your State’s implementation of the HCBS Settings Rule going?  Do you want to be involved but are not sure how? Or do you wish it would just go away?

This session will walk through one state’s process and experience in getting CMS final approval on their Statewide Transition Plan and what it means for people with disabilities and for providers in Tennessee.  Michelle Morse Jernigan, from Tennessee’s State Medicaid Agency (TennCare) will share how TennCare developed their transition plan processes, how they involved (and relied upon) stakeholders, how implementation is going, and the promise these changes hold to impact the lives of people served in Tennessee’s LTSS programs.  She will discuss experiences with persons served and their families, providers, and success story surprises.  This session will include a presentation from Michelle on the components of Tennessee’s approved transition plan, assessment processes and heightened scrutiny reviews as well as how the state engaged consumers, families, providers and advocates, and at least an hour for an interactive discussion. 

Visit the Power Up! 2016 website to register for the pre-conference and conference.

Power Up! 2016 - Registration is open!

Registration for Power Up! 2016--the Midwest's premier human services event--is now open!  Click here to register, to submit presentations, or to view a tentative schedule of events.

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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Job Posting: Targeted Case Manager

The Arc of Sedgwick County is now accepting applications for a Targeted Case Manager.

The Arc of Sedgwick County is a nonprofit organization that began in 1953 in a grassroots effort by parents concerned about services and future opportunities for their children and the families and children of tomorrow. Since then, it has has promoted their general welfare, fostered the development of programs on their behalf and increased the public’s awareness and acceptance.

The Targeted Case Manager will be responsible for ensuring that person served has the maximum independence and successful inclusion into the community living though medical, social, educational, and other needed services.

Qualified candidates will have a BA/BS in Human Services or related field and a minimum of six months experience working with people with developmental disabilities. Successful work experience in the related field to equal 1080 hours/semester may be substituted for an education.

For more information, or to apply, click here.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Member Job Posting: Executive Director

Sunflower Diversified Services, Inc.--a non-profit organization serving communities in central Kansas with services for children and adults with developmental disabilities--is seeking qualified candidates to be their next executive director.

Sunflower is a Great Bend-based nonprofit that provides education, residential, day, employment, case management, and other services for people of all ages, from birth through retirement.

Qualified candidates will, at minimum, possess: (1) experience in a position with responsibility for budget management and direct employee supervision; (2) a Bachelor's Degree in the liberal arts, business, or related field from an accredited university; (3) evidence of a stable employment history and career advancement; (4) excellent communication skills; and (5) an unblemished record of professional integrity.

Preferred candidates will possess: (1) five years in a management position in a nonprofit community agency that serves people with developmental disabilities; (2) previous personal or professional relationships with persons with developmental disabilities; (3) experience with a nonprofit board of directors; (4) demonstrated skill and knowledge of nonprofit fund raising; and (5) a record of community volunteerism.

The Board of Directors is committed to providing a base salary and benefits that are competitive with similar agencies in Kansas. The low end of the base salary range for this position is in the mid $80,000.  Support for communications technology, professional development, and association memberships may be negotiated as a part of total compensation.

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Monday, June 6, 2016

InterHab Brings On New Staff

Christopher Gunn comes aboard to help InterHab and its members push forward towards a better future for the I/DD community.

Tim Wood, Executive Director, announced that Christopher Gunn has joined InterHab as General Counsel and Director of Communications.  In that role, he will oversee InterHab's legal prerogatives and public messaging.

Chris comes to InterHab from private practice, where he provided counsel on immigration, probate, and civil issues.  He is a graduate of the Washburn School of Law, earning a Juris Doctor and Certificate in Business and Transactional Law. Prior to law school, he taught high school English.

While not a native Kansan, Chris has proudly adopted Kansas as his home state.  He originally hails from North Dakota--as he says, "close enough to the Canadian border to appreciate a good hockey game."  

Outside of the office, Chris and his wife Annie spend most of their time trying to keep pace with their two children, ages 7 and 4, who never seem to tire.  When time permits, he can usually be found doing something musical, or chasing that great dream of every English teacher--writing a great American novel.

Through his professional life, Chris has dedicated himself to helping others bridge the gap between where they are in life and where they want to be.

If you would like to contact Chris, he can be reached by email at cgunn@interhab.org, or by phone at (785) 235-5103.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Miss Unstoppable winner to be featured in Miss Kansas parade

Rebecca Oare, 17, playing the violin in
the talent portion of the 2016 Miss
Unstoppable Pageant hosted by the
ARC of Sedgwick County
Last month, 26 contestants participated in interview, runway, talent, and evening gown categories and showed what it means to be Unstoppable.

The Miss Unstoppable pageant is a friendly competition for women and girls with intellectual/developmental disabilities, ages 6 and up that provides an opportunity to showcase poise and talents, learn self-confidence, develop social skills, network and have fun while they take the stage.

Rebecca Oare, 17, was crowned the overall winner and will be highlighted along with the Miss Kansas contestants in the 2016 Miss Kansas Parade on June 10.

KDADS and KDHE asking for feedback on KanCare

Kansas is preparing to renew the KanCare Medicaid program and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) and the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS) need input and ideas about the renewal, and about potential changes that are being considered.

State staff will be hosting feedback sessions at locations across that state, where they will provide updates and information about KanCare. Attendees will have the opportunity to provide feedback about the renewal process.

Each location will include a 1-3 p.m. session and a 5:30-7:30 p.m. session. The same information and opportunity for feedback will be shared at each session.

Tuesday, May 24
Ramada Hotel & Convention Center
420 SE 6th Street

Wednesday, May 25
Marriott Wichita 
2100 Corporate Hills Drive

Kansas City
Jack Reardon Civic Center (Hilton Garden Inn)
520 Minnesota Avenue

Thursday, May 26
Rose Garden
2350 East 8th

Pittsburg State University
1701 South Broadway