State Advisory Council on Aging

The Advisory Council on Aging is a statutorily created body, representing different geographical, social and ethnic groups, with at least half of membership being 60 years of age or older. The Council meets at least twice a year to provide advocacy for the aging in the affairs of the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS), the Governor's office, and other public and private, state and local agencies affecting aging issues. They also serve as the advisory committee as required by the federal Older Americans Act, and have the duty to review and comment upon various activities of KDADS.

SAC Older Americans Act Subcommittee

The Older Americans Act Sub-Committee is comprised of 10-15 people and includes members of the advisory council, KDADS staff, and additional volunteers. Additional volunteers are drawn from the following individuals, groups, and organizations: in-home/meal site participants, ADRCs, nutrition providers, senior center staff, and Kansas Association of Counties. The sub-committee provides specific input regarding aging issues that impact Older Americans Act programs including but not limited to in-home and supplemental services, nutrition, caregiver services/supports, information and assistance, legal services, transportation, and health promotion.

Objectives

  • Review the program structure and current funding streams and how the Older Americans Act – Nutrition program might be re-prioritized.
  • Develop a plan with strategies for encouraging culture change in senior centers/meal sites along with strategies for meeting the needs of a younger aging population.

SAC Nursing Facility Subcommittee

The Nursing Facilities Sub-Committee is comprised of 10-15 people including members of the advisory council, KDADS staff, and additional volunteers. Additional volunteers are drawn from the following individuals, groups and organizations: Kansas Long Term Care Ombudsman, KACE, KHCA, LeadingAge, KHA, and KABC. The goal of this sub-committee is to advance the quality of long-term care while also encouraging Kansas residents to plan for possible long-term care needs. The subcommittee provides specific input regarding consumer education and ideas on how to encourage consumers and families to begin preparing for aging issues and long term care needs. This includes specific discussion regarding the development of ideas to help consumers determine the best way to select a nursing facility, finance long term care, and help consumers and families understand their rights as residents and family members.

Objectives

  • Identify relevant information and educational materials for consumers and families to assist in planning for aging and long term care.  
  • Gather or facilitate the development of information about person-centered care and other quality initiatives.
  • Develop strategies for distributing information about long-term care planning and quality expectations to consumers and families.

SAC KanCare Subcommittee

The KanCare Sub-Committee is comprised of 10-15 people and include members of the advisory council, KDADS staff, and additional volunteers. Additional volunteers are drawn from the following individuals, groups, and organizations: ADRCs, nursing facility trade associations, Adult and Protective Services (APS), Governor’s Behavioral Health Planning Council Sub-Committee on Aging, Kansas Hospice Association, Frail Elderly waiver providers, and the KanCare Ombudsman. The sub-committee provides specific input regarding aging issues that impact KanCare including but not limited to dual eligible beneficiaries, the frail elderly home and community-based services waiver program, behavioral health issues, nursing facilities, nursing facilities for mental health, assisted living, hospice and acute care.

Objectives

  • Develop a communications plan targeted towards aging consumers that will provide education about what KanCare is and how it works
  • Develop strategies for how the State can optimize health care for dual eligible beneficiaries.
  • Review the work of the Governor’s Behavioral Health Planning Council Sub-committee on Aging and make recommendations to the Secretary regarding that work and how it will integrate with KanCare.