NEW Employment Resource Hub

The Americans with Disabilities Act National Network is announcing the publication of its Employment Resource Hub! This hub is a way to introduce new materials and centralize existing information about disability and employment from regional ADA Centers and other partners.

Submit Ideas Here

Community members, stakeholders and other interested parties can submit ideas to this email address: [email protected]

FMAP Staff

Mitzie Tyree, Director of HCBS Initiatives, [email protected]

Megan Shepard, Training and Programming Grants Coordinator, [email protected]

Sandra Hestand Puett, HCBS Project Manager, [email protected]

Jamie Katsbulas, Waitlist/TCM Study Coordinator, [email protected]

Mark Dietzler, Workforce Employment First Specialist, [email protected]

Advocacy Resources

Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP)

The federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Serves (CMS) reimburses each state for a percentage of its total Medicaid expenditures. This percentage, which varies by state, is called the Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP). FMAP varies by state, based on the state's per capita income. States with lower per capita income typically have a higher FMAP.

Below you will find the most recent Employment First Oversight Commission Annual Report as presented to Governor Laura Kelly and the state legislature.

2023 Employment First Oversight Commission Report

Kansas FMAP Initiatives and Purpose

Goals of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Funds

Kansas will use the state funds equivalent to the amount of federal funds attributable to the increased FMAP to supplement the implementation of one or more activities to enhance, expand or strengthen Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) under the Medicaid program. Projects that would allow the state to strategically position its programs and services for the future:
  • Maximize Benefit to Kansas Citizens
  • Invest in Lasting Impact and Change
  • Ensure Flexibility to Meet Evolving Needs
  • Fully Utilize All Federal Funding.
  • Leverage More Community-Based Resources to Support Health Equity
  • Housing and Homelessness Incentive Program to Support HCBS
  • State Infrastructure Support
  • Training for Primary Care and Dental Providers to Expand and Improve Services to HCBS Patients
  • Evaluation of the STEPS Employment Support Pilot Program

Post Compendium

On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed into law the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). Section 9817
provides enhanced federal funding for Medicaid Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) through a
one-year 10 percent increase to the share of state Medicaid spending contributed by the federal
government. This one-year increase in federal matching funds will result in new, time-limited dollars
that can be strategically invested in HCBS services in the state of Kansas through March of 2024.

Targeted Case Management

The Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS) is working with Public Consulting Group LLC (PCG) to come up with di­fferent ways and options that will support the Kansas Intellectual/Developmental Disability (IDD) Targeted Case Management (TCM) system in following the government rules.

KDADS and PCG will host several stakeholder meetings throughout the project and invite individuals from different stakeholder groups to participate in multiple opportunities to gather information, ideas, problem areas, and questions about IDD TCM and HCBS services. We are asking for your assistance with two tasks:

  1. Complete a survey based on your involvement with TCM - These surveys are completely voluntary, do not affect benefits, and are anonymous. You may choose not to participate or withdraw from participating at any time once started. If you do choose to participate, the survey should be completed by September 13th. The surveys can be found at the corresponding links below:

    CDDO: https://publicconsultingroup.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5mVU2g6Iy4B2486
    HCBS Providers: https://publicconsultingroup.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_dcYP2x0fRXy5xmm
    MCO: https://publicconsultingroup.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_7V3YHgSyPTg8VIq
    TCM: https://publicconsultingroup.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3QWKnmedRPxG1Wm
    Individual/Family: https://publicconsultingroup.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_b1kmAroTyWFkupg
  1. Distribute the Individual and Family Survey - We also ask that agencies assist in distribution of TCM Study Flyerthe Individual and Family survey to any individuals who receive IDD targeted case management and HCBS services in your contact lists.

    TCM Study Flyer (click on the image on the right to view the full-size flyer)
    Kansas Targeted Case Management Study (TCM) Evaluation Form

If there are any questions about participation, the project, or your interest in participating please email us at [email protected]. Thank you for your time!

Targeted Case Management Study Stakeholder Engagement Meetings

The Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS) and Public Consulting Group LLC (PCG) invite all stakeholders to participate in our bi-monthly Stakeholder Engagement Meetings. These meetings are designed to facilitate communication and collaboration among different stakeholder groups. We have created meetings that target different stakeholder groups; however, anyone can join. We request that each meeting focus on the feedback and concerns of the designated groups, for example, the individuals, families, guardians, representative workgroup meeting should prioritize the input of those individuals. Regardless of which meeting you attend; everyone should work to create a safe space where everyone can share their lived experience without fear of judgment or invalidation.

The schedule, links, and details of each meeting are available below for public access.

Meeting

Day

Date(s)*

Time

Link

MCO Representative Workgroup

First Monday
of every other
month

1/3/2024

 

3/4/2024

1:00pm- 2:30pm

Click here to join the MCO Workgroup

Meeting ID: 228 409 235 408
Passcode: JAVncz

CDDO Representative Workgroup

Second Monday
of every other
month

1/8/2024

 

3/11/2024

1:00pm- 2:30pm

Click here to join the CDDO Workgroup

Meeting ID: 245 650 436 030
Passcode: KgAJYy

General Representative Workgroup

Second Friday
of every other
month

1/12/2024

 

3/8/2024

10:00am-11:30am

Click here to join the General Workgroup

Meeting ID: 275 344 575 557
Passcode: xnZA3z

Individual/Families/Guardians Representative Workgroup

Third Friday
of every other
month

1/19/2024

 

3/15/2024

12:00pm- 1:00pm

Click here to join the Individual/Families/Guardians Workgroup

Meeting ID: 250 824 620 978
Passcode: 3rpt3q

TCM Representative Workgroup

Third Monday
of every other
month

1/18/2024

 

3/18/2024

1:00pm- 2:30pm

Click here to join the TCM Workgroup

Meeting ID: 219 625 800 326
Passcode: pNrTv3

*Meetings have already taken place in July, September, and November 2023

Townhall Update - Registration

Two townhall meeting options are available for registration. The same information will be shared at both meetings, so you do not have to attend both. Please register for the meeting time that best fits your schedule:

Thursday, February 1, 2024

12:30-2 p.m.

Thursday, February 1, 2024
3-4:30 p.m.

See full details in the documents below.

Townhall Communication

Townhall Agenda

Helpful Resources

Legislative Updates

The Kansas Legislative Research Department gives notice that the following Legislative committees plan to meet. The schedule listed is based on current information, which is subject to change at any time.

Listed below is the Kansas Commission on Disability Concerns, Home - Kansas Commission on Disability Concerns (ks.gov) (KCDC)  legislative update. 

Governor Kelly’s 2024 State of the State Address (1.10.24)

Reports

2023

2022