Kansas Mental
Health Coalition

The Kansas Mental Health Coalition is working to improve mental health in Kansas

The Kansas Mental Health Coalition (KMHC) is a collaborative organization of numerous non-profit organizations, agencies and individuals representing consumers, families, and providers dedicated to improving the lives of Kansans with mental illness.  Read more.

MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS are due now.  Please Click Here to Join or Renew.  Community Mental Health Centers do not need to act, your membership renewal is handled by the Association of Community Mental Health Centers of Kansas.  Thank you for your support!


REGISTER FOR ADVOCACY DAY!

Mental Health Advocacy Day at the Capitol
Thursday, March 12, 2015
Click Here for Schedule and Information

State Opens Comment Period for Proposed Changes to SED Waiver, Autism Waiver and TA Waiver (HCBS Waivers)

The Kansas Department on Aging and Disability Services has announced proposed changes to three HCBS waiver programs and has opened a public comment period from 1/26/15 through 2/25/15. The final proposal is summarized in the linked document: HCBS Transition Plan and Proposed HCBS Program Changes and Request for Public Comments. 

The final summary of the proposed changes in the HCBS renewals effects the following programs:   Autism   Technology Assisted (TA)  Severe Emotional Disturbance (SED).

Public comment opportunities include meetings February 4th and 5th from 10-12 and 2-4 in Wichita and Topeka, teleconferencing, email, mail, and fax.  See the document above.

SED Waiver changes includes: parents signature indicates their preferences were reflected in the Plan of Care, adding consumer's preferred outcomes to the Plan of Care, identifying less intrusive methods that were tried but not successful, adding a provision that - if there is a waiting list - eligible military families may bypass the waiting list, and significant added layers to the SED eligibility process. 

The current process is that the Community Mental Health Center (CMHC) completes the functional assessment and determines if a consumer is clinically eligible for the SED waiver. In the proposed process the CMHC will complete the functional assessment and send the information to KDADS for the clinical determination. Once a consumer is found to be clinically eligible for the waiver the Department of Children and Family will assess if that consumer if financially eligible to be on the waiver. Once a consumer is found to be both clinically and financially eligible for the waiver the CMHC will develop the Plan of Care and submit it to the Managed Care Organization (MCO) for review and approval. After the Plan of Care is approved by the MCO the CMHC will provide the waiver services to the consumer.


Upcoming events

12 Mar 2015 7:30 AM • State Capitol, 1st Floor, North Wing
JOIN THE GRASSROOTS ADVOCACY NETWORK: KANSAS VOICES FOR MENTAL HEALTH
Join other Kansans who are dedicated to educating others about Kansas mental health issues.   Kansas needs you!  Our advocates were recognized at the 2014 Mental Health Advocacy Day events March 13 in Topeka.  

CONSIDER JOINING US

Membership in the Kansas Mental Health Coalition is open to anyone who is interested in collaborating with others toward our common goals.

Please check out our membership information and select a member category to join.  Fill out the information sheet and send dues to Kansas Mental Health Coalition, P.O. Box 4744, Topeka, KS  66604.

 

Over 400 attend 2014 Mental Health Advocacy Day

More than 400 fellow consumers, family members, providers and advocates traveled to Topeka to learn about current mental health policy and budget issues and to educate our Kansas Legislators!  
 

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