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Newsroom SRS Awarded Grant to Provide Home and Community Based Services to Children

SRS has been awarded a Community-Based Alternatives to Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facilities (PRTF) demonstration grant from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. This demonstration will allow the state to use Medicaid funds to provide home and community based services to children and adolescents under the age of 21, as an alternative to serving those individuals in a PRTF. The total award for the five year demonstration is $17,406,672.
The goals of the project are to divert children/youth at risk of placement in a Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility and to transition children/youth residing in a Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility back into the community.
We are working to transform the system for the benefit of the consumer, said SRS Acting Secretary Don Jordan. It is our goal at SRS to serve all consumers in the least restrictive environment. This grant will help to facilitate the process of moving consumers out of residential treatment facilities and back into their homes and communities.
The demonstration project will give the state service options for children and youth who are not able to meet the eligibility criteria of the current waiver; in that they do not need the level of care provided in a state psychiatric hospital but do have chronic mental health/behavior issues that require treatment in a residential setting.
Proposed services include transition services, parent support education and training, respite care, professional resource family home, personal care (attendant care), supported employment, independent living and skills building, and employment preparation.
To maximize consumer involvement, SRS hosted five stakeholder meetings during the proposal development phase. Stakeholders provided information, feedback, and ideas that guided and shaped the proposal. Stakeholder group membership included representation from: Parents, Advocacy organizations, University of Kansas, Level V/VI providers, Community Mental Health Centers, Juvenile Justice Authority, Kansas Department of Education, Association of Community Mental Health Centers, Child Welfare Community Based Service Providers, Centers for Independent Living, SRS Health Care Policy and Children and Family Services.
A survey and a website forum were al so utilized to gather feedback. Surveys gathered stakeholder reactions to the idea of the demonstration project and solicited input regarding services. An email invitation was sent to stakeholders, who were encouraged to forward the survey to others as well as complete the survey on-line, by mail, e-mail, or fax. The majority (66.67%) of the responses came from parents and foster parents.