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Newsroom SRS implements rolling waiting list for physical disability services
3/2/2009

Inadequate funds from legislature prevent SRS from fully lifting program freeze


Topeka – Effective March 2, 2009 the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services (SRS), in an effort to be consistent with legislative intent, is implementing a rolling waiting list for Medicaid Home and Community Based Services waiver for individuals with physical disabilities (HCBS-PD). The rolling waiting list will allow one individual to enter the program for every two individuals that leave services.


“In the revised 2009 budget, the Kansas Legislature called for a rolling waiting list on the physical disabilities waiver. However, without additional funds we will have to reinstate a freeze on this program at a later date,” SRS Secretary Don Jordan said. “While we would like to lift this freeze permanently, there simply is not enough money.”


Due to an increase in demand for these services in state fiscal year 2009, a freeze in access to the service was instituted December 1, 2008.  Since that time, Governor Sebelius included an additional $8.4 million in her budget to maintain the current service level. The legislature then allocated an additional $2 million in state fiscal year 2009. But even with these resources, SRS is still short $4 million SGF in FY 2010, making it impossible to continue a rolling waiting list indefinitely.  


Once the Legislature has passed a 2010 budget, SRS will re-assess if adequate funding is available to lift the freeze on this program or continue the rolling waiting list. 


This HCBS waiver serves individuals age 16 to 65 years of age who meet the criteria for nursing facility placement due to their physical disability, who are determined disabled by social security standards, and who are Medicaid eligible.