Archive for Monday, July 2, 2012

Reorganization of two social service agencies takes effect

July 2, 2012


— State officials on Monday said the reorganization of two social welfare agencies will deliver better care more efficiently. They also said people who use those agencies shouldn't see any differences in how they access services.

Gov. Sam Brownback and Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer on Monday cut a ribbon to symbolize a reorganization of two social service agencies. The ceremony took place before more than 100 people outside the Statehouse.

Gov. Sam Brownback and Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer on Monday cut a ribbon to symbolize a reorganization of two social service agencies. The ceremony took place before more than 100 people outside the Statehouse.

“This is a momentous day in the history of Kansas government,” Gov. Sam Brownback said during a ribbon-cutting ceremony before a crowd of more than 100 people.

“This historic reorganization will ensure we serve the children and families of Kansas as well as older adults and persons with disabilities in ways suited to the unique needs of our state and the unique needs of those who depend upon state services and programs,” Brownback said. He had issued an executive order in February that set the stage for the reorganization, and the changes took effect with the start of the new state fiscal year.

Under the reorganization, the Department for Children and Families replaces the Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services. Some of the former SRS functions have been moved to an expanded agency now called the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services.

The DCF will deal with children and adult protection services, adoption services, foster care support, child support services, welfare and food assistance programs, and programs dedicated to vocational rehabilitation.

DCF Secretary Phyllis Gilmore said the goal of the new agency will be to safely reduce the number of children in the state's care and keep families intact as much as possible.

The former Kansas Department on Aging has merged with the Disability and Behavioral Health Services Division of SRS and parts of the Health Occupations Credentialing Division.

The new Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services will administer services to older adults; mental health, addiction and prevention programs; state hospitals and institutions; home and community-based services waiver programs and some health occupations credentialing. It will be the second largest agency in state government, with a budget of $1.7 billion for the current fiscal year. The total includes $154.9 million for state hospitals.

“There are differences between the older adults and persons with disabilities whom we will serve under the new agency, but they also represent many common challenges: helping people to stay independent and healthy as long as possible, the need for quality housing and competent caregivers and the necessity of navigating a fragmented health care system,” said KDADS Secretary Shawn Sullivan.

Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer said the reorganization was key to the administration's proposal to reform the $2.9 billion Medicaid system.

“As we worked to improve services and health outcomes, we realized that the state agencies and programs involved needed to be streamlined to better facilitate their functions and communications," he said.

Brownback's administration issued contracts last week to three private companies to manage Medicaid, which provides health care for the poor, elderly and those with disabilities. The proposal is being reviewed by the federal government.


mikekt 1 year, 9 months ago

The Christian Bible is confusing and can be used to confuse others for purposeful reasons because it is really about two separate religious teachings & books, rolled into one book, as if they are the same thing...... & they are really not!

One is the teaching of Moses! One is the teaching of Jesus!

The Old Testament is definitely Basic Judaism, 101. The New Testament is definitely Basic Christianity, 101.

The reader should pay close attention to the differences between The Old & The New Testaments, so as not to be played by The Sly Ones-Wolves in Sheep's Clothing-Pseudo Christians!

Sadly, It plays to the advantage of many con artists to blur these obvious spiritual teaching lines, in order to achieve their fascist social & personal ends, by using or misusing the King James Bible & Others Bible Versions!


deec 1 year, 9 months ago

Funny how Lynn hasn't been back to give any specifics as requested. I guess he/she is off on their paid holiday.


Jayhawk1958 1 year, 9 months ago

Brownback uses his religious philosophy to justify a two class system, like God designed us to either have or not to have.


George_Braziller 1 year, 9 months ago

Start with firing Kitty at the local office or at least get her off the front desk. Her arbitrary rules and regulations that aren't based on anything have cost SRS tens of thousands of dollars with time having to deal with her.

She has a notorious reputation with people working in the human service field. I walk out the door when I see her at the desk and come back later when she's at lunch or some place gone form there.

Bad, bad, bad, bad. She should go back to being a clerk at Dillon's.


DeMontfort 1 year, 9 months ago

I am a single person (technically, an orphan, as both parents are dead) with no children. But I qualify for food stamps. So I asked one of my elected officials how do I fit into the Department for Children and Families? The response (via the Governor) was that "my church is now my 'family' ".



hannahss 1 year, 9 months ago

They have a new name. They have a fancy new website. But if you have a problem or question as I did today, you will find that nobody is actually available to help. I receive an adoption subsidy for a special needs child. The payment generally is in the bank on the first of each month, or the next day at the latest. Today, the 3rd, it was still not in. It won't be deposited until the 5th (with luck) I was told when I finally connected to someone. Families were not notified to expect this delay. I was told that it is "historically" late in July, although it was in on the 1st last year. I was also told that it isn't late until the 15th. This is a relatively small issue, but looms large for me as I try to pay bills on time! Luckily this is the only issue I have to deal with regarding the new, improved agency. Sadly, I expect to hear many more stories like this.


jafs 1 year, 9 months ago

There is little real combining of agencies here.

DCF will take over the vast majority of SRS services, and only a small part of those will merge with DOA, from what I've read.

It's like when a new manager comes in, and makes a bunch of changes, which don't really improve anything, but makes them feel like they're doing something.


just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 1 year, 9 months ago

Everything Brownback does is in the exclusive service of ideology-- namely the ideology of class warfare on behalf of the plutocracy. This is no exception.


kscitizen 1 year, 9 months ago

As a former state of Kansas employeel, I can tell you that this new organization of SRS/DCF is going to be a total disaster. What a waste of millions of taxpayer dollars -- all so Kansas can look more like Florida. It will not be more efficient; it will not save money; it will not provide better services to the people who need help. It will take years to recoup all the money which has been spent on the reorganization. I have heard that thousands of dollars worth of business cards, envelopes, letterhead, brochures, etc were simply thrown out last Friday just so all new "DCF" documents could be rolled out today. Really??? In this time of economic crisis, the powers that be really can justify throwing thousands of dollars down the drain? Using up the old supply of envelopes would be a bad thing for what reason? I have seen the new organizational chart; someone needs to submit an open records request to get salaries of the newly created positions. How many administration/ management positions have been created; how many people received raises under the new reorganization? The actual workers are being forced to do more and more and more with less and less -- yet the administrators are getting raises and promotions. This will all come out eventually -- but long after millions of dollars have been wasted and services to people who need them have been compromised


mikekt 1 year, 9 months ago

I hope that this other new system works better than their improvements of late, at the DMV!

If they actually make the final payments to 3M, for this DMV system, before deducting the costs of this system not working, that was forced onto the state & it's county governments, then they should be impeached for negligence & a total failure of their duty to protect the interests of Kansan's!

Who's State job would it be to investigate sue 3M, on behalf of Kansan's, to get the costs to it's citizens that was forced one to them, returned from 3M, the manufacturer of this this dysfunctional system mess?!

Why are we paying these officials their salaries, if they do nothing to recover these costs? Isn't it their job to protect Kansan's?

If 3M is such a huge company, then i assume that they can afford to pay to clean up their own messes & save us all the trouble of "comping them" for it?

We are just encouraging them to move on to some other state & do the same thing over again to others, by not holding them, 3M, accountable!


sjgreen 1 year, 9 months ago

So, if the new Aging Dept is the second-largest state agency, what is the largest, the new DCF agency?


deec 1 year, 9 months ago

so senior citizens or disabled people who receive food stamps or medicaid help now have to work with two different agencies? Yeah, that sounds more efficient all right.


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