Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Vote in the Kansas Elections


Kansas legislators have a tremendous impact on the way InterHab members do business. Although you are always encouraged to maintain contact your local legislators, during election times relationship building becomes all the more important. It’s important to introduce your organization/issues to each candidate and ask questions about their platform, so you can make an informed decision on Election Day.

Get Ready to Vote in Kansas

Primary Election: August 5th
Deadline to Register: July 15th
Deadline for applying for advance ballot is August 1st for the primary election and October 31st for the general election


Forms and Links to Help you Prepare

Voter Registration Form
https://www.kssos.org/forms/elections/voterregistration.pdf
Guide to Voting from Secretary of State
https://www.kssos.org/forms/elections/A_Guide_to_Voting_in_Kansas.pdf
Voter ID Requirements
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sei6o08gAeM
Voter Registration Drives
https://www.kssos.org/forms/elections/A_Guide_to_Voter_Registration_Drives.pdf
Voting Accessibility
https://www.kssos.org/forms/elections/A_Guide_to_Voting_Accessibility.pdf
Filing Complaints Under the Help America Vote Act (HAVA)
https://www.kssos.org/forms/elections/A_Guide_to_HAVA_Complaint_Procedure.pdf


Thursday, July 10, 2014

Feds demand Medicaid backlog fixes in Kansas

Obama administration announces Medicaid
enrollment mitigation plan deadline to six states
The Obama administration has given Kansas and five other states until Monday to submit plans to resolve issues that have prevented more than 1 million low-income or disabled people from getting health coverage.

“CMS is asking several state Medicaid agencies to provide updated mitigation plans to address gaps that exist in their eligibility and enrollment systems to ensure timely processing of applications and access to coverage for eligible people,” Aaron Albright, a spokesman for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, said to Kaiser Health News. He said the agency will monitor states’ progress in solving the problems getting people enrolled in the state-federal insurance program for the poor.

According to an article posted on KHI News, Kansas has drawn attention from federal authorities due to its slow moving and relatively large waiting lists for home- and community-based services, which advocates for the disabled have said puts the state in violation of the federal Americans with Disabilities Act as defined by the U.S. Supreme Court's so-called Olmstead decision...Read More

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

InterHab Move: Art Furnishings

When you visit the new InterHab offices, we hope you will enjoy the professional, comfortable and inspiring environment that is currently being planned by staff.

We want your new Association office space to live and breathe InterHab’s mission. Therefore, we’d like our members to help us accomplish something truly unique. Our goal is to exclusively display artwork created by Kansans with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

InterHab will supply the canvas and color palette. We’d like to ask InterHab members to work with persons within their organizations to develop beautiful and abstract paintings. InterHab will display the finished artwork, along with a small plaque commemorating your organization’s contribution.

Artwork created by Kansans with intellectual and developmental disabilities is the perfect way to illustrate the importance of the work you do each and every day.

If your organization is interested in participating, please contact Ashley Nadeau at anadeau@interhab.org for more information.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

InterHab Move: Update One

With just a few weeks until InterHab moves its offices to the roof garden level of Jayhawk Tower, staff is busy making design and functionality decisions.

Last week Matt, Ashley, and Christa met with an interior designer who helped the team pick paint and carpet colors that best represents the InterHab brand.

Today Matt and Tom worked with the architect and demolition team to make final decisions on the new large conference room that will be used for onsite and webinar training sessions and meetings with membership.

InterHab's future conference room


Monday, June 30, 2014

Key Staffer Leaving Position with the Lt. Governor's Office

Ren Mullinix, current key staffer with the Lt. Governor’s office, is leaving that position after almost three
Ren Mullinix, current key staffer with
the Lt. Governor’s office
years. This is his last week on the job for the State.

Many of the advocates and providers in the IDD community had a chance to meet and work with Mullinix as he worked with the Lt. Governor on KanCare related projects.

He was regarded by many as one of the more accessible staffers in the Administration; his particular interest in IDD issues was appreciated by those whom he came into contact.

His close work with our programs increased as Mark Dugan, Lt. Governor’s chief of staff, became assistant Secretary for KDHE and then assumed the role as campaign manager for the Governor’s reelection campaign.

Mullinix has accepted a position in Chicago with a national consulting group, working with various State governments around the country on a variety of issues, including health care administration.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

New website for family members to report KanCare experiences

A new web site has been created for parents, guardians and families of people with intellectual disabilities to share stories about their experience with KanCare, the state of Kansas’ managed care program for Medicaid services.

The site, kancareddwatch.com, was developed and funded by a group of parents and families, and is intended as a place for people to share stories and anecdotes, read links to news articles about KanCare, and access resource information.  Anyone submitting stories on the site can choose whether his or her name and information will be visible to the public.

This will be the first central gathering point for KanCare stories from the intellectual and developmental disability community. The steering committee for its development is comprised of parents from throughout Kansas. Several moderators will verify posters’ identity and review content, to ensure a civil and authentic exchange of information.

The new site will be promoted in a variety of ways, but the first step is to encourage families to tell their stories. If you are an individual who receives intellectual/developmental disability services, a parent or guardian, or a family member who has been closely involved with the KanCare program, please visit kancareddwatch.com.


We need your help today!  We want to know how well KanCare is serving persons with I/DD. Please visit the site and help us discover the many stories we have not yet heard.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Home and Community Based Services Final Rule - Kansas Transition Plan

The draft Transition Plan for Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Settings is available online for public comment until July 15, 2014.

The Public Comment period will be open for 30 days to allow all HCBS consumers and providers an opportunity to provide input to the Transition Plan. The Statewide HCBS Compliance Transition Plan will include results of the provider self-assessment and plans to address residential settings based on the guidance provided by CMS on March 20, 2014.

Comments and Public Input on a Transition Plan can be submitted to KDADS during the comment period the following ways:

  • In Person: HCBS Setting Final Rule Public Comment Sessions in June and as scheduled (click here for dates and locations)
  • By Phone: 785-296-4986 or during provider or consumer calls (visit www.kdads.ks.gov for call times)
  • By Email: HCBS-KS@kdads.ks.gov
  • By Mail: KDADS, Attn: HCBS Programs, 503 S. Kansas Ave, Topeka, KS 66603.
  • By Fax: 785-296-0256


Pending CMS guidance for day settings, the State will revise the Transition Plan to include additional guidance from CMS regarding application of the Final Rule to those settings.

The Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services would like your comments on this Transition Plan before it is submitted to CMS.

Click here to view the HCBS Final Rule Kansas Transition Plan.