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The ADRC is designed to empower older adults and persons with disabilities to make informed choices about their services and supports. This will streamline access to those services and ensure their individual needs will be met. The ADRC can refer individuals to an array of in-home, community-based and institutional services, as well as provide decision-making support through a service called Options Counseling.
Oakley resident Josie West began volunteering in 1964 when she started out as a beauty operator styling hair for residents, and today, at age 92, hasnít slowed down. Josie spends three days each week volunteering at the long-term care facility at Gove County Medical Center (GCMC) in Quinter, driving 80 miles round trip each of those days. She drives herself in the summer and good weather days and in winter months her neighbor, Wendy Schmidt, a nurse at GCMC, gives her a ride.
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback toured the Larned State Hospital Thursday and met with patients and staff, accompanied by Kansas Department of Aging and Disability Services Secretary Shawn Sullivan. The Governor discussed with staff how his proposed budget funds the hospitalís core services and maintains staffing levels. He congratulated staff on the efficiencies found at the hospital that will save about $1.7 million through better management of the pharmacy division and kitchen operations. His proposed budget also funds a new forensic evaluation unit that opened in December and a new Sexual Predator Treatment Program unit scheduled to open in 2014.
WIBW reporter Ariana Cohen interviews KDADSí Alcohol Abuse Prevention Coordinator Sarah Fischer about her program and its goals for Alcohol Abuse Prevention Month
KanCare was implemented on January 1, 2013. The 2012 Kansas Legislature passed a proviso that delayed the implementation of KanCare for HCBS-I/DD waiver services and Targeted Case Management services until January of 2014. The proviso also directed the I/DD system to design and implement a pilot project during 2013 to assist the system with coordinating a smooth transition to KanCare.