Johnson County Kansas 2018 State Legislative Platform Principles and Priorities


~~“Johnson County supports efforts to fully fund the statewide Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) waiver program and its waiting list which includes nearly 600 Johnson County citizens who have intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Furthermore, Johnson County supports recommendations to maintain the 4% increase in HCBS reimbursement rates for all IDD providers currently in the State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2019 budget. HCBS 2018 State Legislative Platform reimbursement rates for the IDD system were increased for the first time since SFY 2008. In an effort to achieve these goals, an increase in SFY 2018 for the first time in nearly a decade, which will help in building network capacity.

 Johnson County encourages and supports efforts by the State of Kansas to participate in federally approved financing plans for services. Johnson County supports the State’s Employment First Policy with competitive and integrated employment being the first option considered when serving people with disabilities. Johnson County encourages the State to align the Employment First Policy with the various programs through which Kansans with disabilities receive supports and services. Johnson County encourages Kansas Rehabilitation Services to financially support Project Search, a program that has demonstrated success in Johnson County and throughout Kansas. Implementing additional workforce initiatives, such as a 1915i Medicaid waiver for employment services would provide additional flexibility for community service providers to assist people with disabilities obtain and maintain jobs in the community. (Added in 2007. Update in 2015, 2016, 2018)”

State Policies & Initiatives: 
  • Other
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Johnson County
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