Promoting Excellent Alternatives in Kansas Nursing Homes (PEAK)

Graphic of the PEAK Program LogoThe Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS) is committed to ensuring high quality services for Kansas nursing home residents. For the past ten plus years, KDADS has been recognizing nursing homes for successfully implementing culture change through the Promoting Excellent Alternatives in Kansas Nursing Homes program, commonly known as PEAK. From the beginning of PEAK, KDADS pursued two primary goals. First, the agency presented annual awards to homes which accomplished significant culture change. Second, KDADS worked to educate others about the culture change movement and the accomplishments being made in Kansas.

Beginning in 2012, PEAK expanded from a recognition program to a pay-for-performance Medicaid program in efforts to speed up the rate of adoption of person-centered care practices in Kansas nursing homes. The program had an overwhelming response, with 125 homes enrolling in PEAK 2.0 the first year. It was unexpected that such a large number of participants would get involved so KDADS quickly arranged a partnership with the Kansas State University (KSU) Center on Aging to administer the program. To date, 165 homes are actively involved in the program.

Graphic of Kansas State University LogoKDADS continues to manage payment of incentives earned, but the KSU Center on Aging handles program administration including application, education and evaluation. Please visit the KSU Center on Aging website to learn more about the program.

Kansas PEAK Advisory Team

The Advisory Team shall council the SCC Commissioner in championing person-centered care and provide guidance regarding specific PEAK-related issues while providing suggestions to promote a continually improving program.

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Culture Change Education Modules

In order to meet the educational objectives of the original PEAK awards program, KDADS contracted with KSU to produce educational materials to assist nursing homes. KSU has produced several booklets that address different areas of culture change. These booklets have been distributed to all Kansas nursing homes and other parties involved in the nursing home profession. They are available as PDFs on this page. The booklets were the starting point for educating our state on culture change. The program continues to evolve. New program information is available at the KSU Center on Aging website. To learn more, visit:

These modules were researched and written by staff in the Kansas State University Center on Aging as a part of the PEAK project. Updates to these modules will be available in the future through the Center on Aging. KSU staff are available for consultation and other services related to culture change in nursing homes. For information on the module updates and/or the fee schedule for consultation and other services:

Center on Aging
[email protected]

KDADS would like to thank the many sponsors and organizations that have supported this initiative, including the PEAK Advisory Board. Members include the following organizations:

  • LeadingAge Kansas
  • Kansas Health Care Association (KHCA)
  • Kansas Hospital Association (KHA)
  • Kansas Adult Care Executives (KACE)
  • Kansas Advocates for Better Care (KABC)
  • Kansas Foundation for Medical Care (KFMC)

Future Activities

The PEAK initiative should prove to be even more exciting in the coming year. KDADS continues its contract with the Kansas State University’s (KSU) Center on Aging to develop training materials and provide assistance to nursing home providers transitioning to person-centered care. KSU will use the information received in this year’s PEAK applications as a basis for educational materials, and as inspiration for other homes to embrace change. KSU will continue developing the educational opportunities and PEAK newsletters.

KDADS continues to support the Kansas Culture Change Coalition, with the PEAK Initiative providing a part of the overall culture change activities.

For more information on the PEAK initiative, contact Dawne Stevenson by phone at (785) 296-1023 or by email.