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The Re-KAPP 12.9.16

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Eligibility Update

Since our meeting with the various departments regarding eligibility issues, providers have noted some reduction in call wait/hold times (DCBS) and the “glitch” incorrectly assigning waiver members into MCO’s seems to have been resolved!  If you still have participants incorrectly assigned, please put them on the Billing Assistance Form we use for billing issues and send to: and copy me.  He’s fixing these quickly.  

Other ongoing billing problems, you should still be completing the Billing Assistance Form and contacting your local worker (via the DCBS list).  If you don’t get an answer or don’t get resolution, it is important that you forward that original email to:;; and copy me.  The key is you must start with the local office AND forward the original email when you don’t get a response.  


The board voted this week to begin utilizing MemberClicks, an association management software in 2017!    Automated features include:

  • Membership Database
  • Dues Renewals & Member Applications
  • Organizational Memberships
  • E-mail Marketing
  • Event Registration
  • Integration with
  • Member Engagement Community
  • Membership Reports
  • Accounting & Online Payment Processing

Implementation will take about 60 days, but we believe this will be a game changer for our association!

Cabinet Waiver Redesign Workgroup – Initial Meeting:

The waiver redesign workgroup, led by Commissioner Anderson, convened on Wednesday 12/7 at the Frankfort History Center.  Here is the document that guided the day long conversation moderated by Jim Hardy, a Deloitte consultant and former DD director from Pennsylvania.  The meeting was very well managed and the facilitators did an excellent job (in the first half of the day) breaking up the stakeholders into diverse groups, getting broad input and drilling down to the most common themes.    

The second half of the day was spent reviewing different types of Medicaid waiver options.  The group will convene on the 14th (half day) to determine next steps.  I will have talking points to share with you early next week from the Cabinet, but in the meantime, it is important to Commissioner Anderson & Miller that rumors and false information are kept under control.  So far there have been no decisions as to whether there will be continued 1915c waivers (as they are) or do an 1115 demonstration or “super” waiver that would combine populations.  One of the overwhelmingly agreed upon areas to focus on in redesign was communication and consistency of service definitions, etc.  It was clear that we must ensure and protect the integrity & individuality of each population however we proceed.  Another common theme was the need to have a regular review of rates, considering costs and workforce needs.  Thank you for your input on the waiver redesign survey.  The results were presented to the Cabinet.  

Public Policy Committee:

The Public Policy Committee convened at Cedar Lake Foundation offices in Louisville on Thursday 12/8 at 9:00 am.  The committee discussed our legislative agenda for 2017, building toward a budget ask in 2018.  I have submitted the proposed agenda to the board for their approval.  The finalized agenda and talking points will be shared with you as soon as possible.  Marketing materials will be ready for our KAPP Days in February!  Our official KAPP DAY will be on Wednesday February 15th.  I will be sending out a Need to Meet link to determine what other days your agency can come to Frankfort.  It is imperative that we have as many KAPP members as possible to visit their legislators!  

KAPP Waiver Redesign Workgroup:

Our workgroup had its weekly call on 12/8 at 11:00 am.  Brad Schneider and I recapped the Cabinet’s redesign meeting from the day before for the group.  Clyde Lang discussed the process that will begin with Friday’s meeting to conduct a cost study with a cross-section of 5 KAPP members who volunteered to participate. 

House Bill 144:

House bill 144 Commission met on 12/8 from 1:00 – 3:00 pm at the CHFS building in Frankfort.  I will attach the presentations here once I get them.  Two presentations of interest were:  Employment Services:  Education, Workforce and Development Cabinet – Beth Kuhn, Commissioner of Workforce Investment & Buddy Hoskinson, Executive Director of OVR & Transportation Services ( presented by 2 staff from the Transportation Cabinet).  There was much discussion, including by KAPP representative, Brandon Griffith, on the difficulties waiver recipients experience with Medicaid transportation brokers and services.  

Renew your KAPP Membership for 2017:

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  • STABLE Press Conference:  Tuesday 12/13/16 – 1:00 pm – Kentucky State Capitol – Rotunda  
    Great news! Kentucky STABLE Accounts will soon be available so more Kentuckians can benefit from the ABLE Act. We want to have a strong presence of self-advocates with disabilities in the Rotunda!
  • I/DD Technical Advisory Committee:  Friday 1/20/17 – 10:00 am – 12:00 pm EDT – Frankfort – 275 E. Main (open to the public)
  • Medicaid Advisory Committee:  Thursday 1/26/17 – 10:00 am – 12:00 pm EDT – Frankfort – Capitol Annex  (open to the public)
    874K Rally 2016

    Capitol Annex & Rotunda – Frankfort

2017 Kentucky General Assembly

  • Tuesday January 3rd:  Session Day 1
  • Wednesday January 4th:  Frankfort, KY – WELCOME BACK TO FRANKFORT RECEPTIONS – 5:00 pm 
  • Wednesday February 15th:  Frankfort, KY – Capitol Annex – KAPP
  • DAY!
  • 2017 Legislative Calendar


NCI Workforce Survey Results:

Just released, the 2015 Staff Stability Survey Report.  Sixteen states and the District of Columbia participated in the 2015 survey: Alabama (AL) Arizona (AZ) Washington DC (DC) Georgia (GA) Indiana (IN) Kentucky (KY) Minnesota (MN) Missouri (MO) Ohio (OH)* Oregon (OR) Pennsylvania (PA) South Carolina (SC) South Dakota (SD) Tennessee (TN) Texas (TX) Utah (UT) Vermont (VT) *Ohio (OH).

State Disability News:

State by State Weekly Summary

Do You Know An Amazing DSP?
Nominate Them Before It’s Too Late!
(deadline: Monday, December 12th)


That’s right!  We want your nominations for the 2017  Direct Support 
Professional Recognition AwardsIt’s not too late to submit, but time is running out!

If you know more than one, that’s OK too! Nominations are available for up to 3 DSPs per agency per  state! So nominate your outstanding Direct Support Professional – or, Professionals – before the December 12th deadline!

We’ve streamlined the process and have compiled a list of resources to help you show your DSP(s) in the brightest light. In adition to being recognized at our 2017 Annual Conference in San Antonio, Texas, DSPs will be included in our Recognizing Excellence magazine and profiled on our website and social media channels!

Don’t wait, you don’t want to miss this awesome chance to recognize terrific DSPs! Check out our webinar ‘How To Write A Winning DSP Recognition Award Nomination‘ then…

Have a great weekend!  Thank you for all you do for Kentuckians with disabilities every day.



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Shannon McCracken is a leader when it comes to supporting the needs of people with developmental and intellectual disabilities. After a decade of experience at the two largest SCL agencies in Kentucky, she made the decision to embrace a new opportunity and start her own company, Commonwealth Case Management. While in the field, Shannon has won numerous national awards and served in multiple leadership positions, most recently with the Kentucky Association of Private Providers (KAPP). From November 2009 - 2012, she served as the Vice-President of Public Policy for the KAPP Board of Directors and served as President from 2012-2015. In 2016, KAPP made a significant investment in its future and offered Shannon a full-time position as the State Executive Director. Being so involved has enabled Shannon to stay at the leading edge and have a great understanding of what it takes to support people with disabilities.

Shannon is a graduate of Western Kentucky University...wife to Tony, mom to Davis (19) & Caroline (17.)

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