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  • 18 May 2015 10:56 AM | Bill Tofflemire (Administrator)

    For Immediate Release


    May 15, 2015


    For more information, contact:

    Angela de Rocha, Director of Communications

    Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services



    KDADS and the Office of the State Fire Marshal Offer Fire Safety Tips for Older Adults

    Topeka – The Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS) has joined with the Office of the State Fire Marshal to offer fire safety tips to help prevent older adults from starting fires, or being injured or killed by one. Nationally, May is recognized as Older Americans Month, a time to acknowledge the contributions of past and current older persons in our country. This month is also an opportunity to recognize that seniors are significantly more at risk than other members of the U.S. population to be victims of house fires.

    In 2010, according to the U.S. Fire Administration, older adults (ages 65 and older) represented 13 percent of the United States population but suffered 35 percent of all fire deaths. In Kansas, of the 223 total fire-related deaths, 42 victims were over the age of 65–representing 19 percent of the total fire deaths.



    The U.S.F.A. research also shows that older adults are 2.7 times more likely to die in a fire than the general population. The risk worsens with age, with older adults ages 85 and older being 4.6 times more likely to die in a fire.

    “We want to make sure that older adults are aware of the risks and what they can do to prevent fires,” said KDADS Secretary Kari Bruffett.

    The Kansas Fire Marshal and KDADS offer these tips to keep seniors safe from the dangers of fire:

    ·          When space heaters are on, keep them at least three feet away from anything that can burn, such as curtains or furniture.

    ·          If you’re exiting the room, or if you’re going to bed, make sure that your turn off and unplug the space heater.

    ·          Have smoke detectors installed outside each sleeping area and replace the battery two times a year—every time that you change your clocks for Daylight Savings Time.

    ·          Never wear loose clothes or clothes with long sleeves when cooking. Remember to use oven mitts when handling hot pans. And NEVER leave the kitchen while you’re cooking.

    ·          Check the kitchen after you finish cooking to make sure the oven burners and other appliances are turned off.

    ·          Walk through your home and identify any possible exits in case of a fire. Make a fire escape plan.

    ·          If there's fire or smoke. Get out and stay out.

    The two agencies have also teamed up to produce an informational video featuring fire safety tips for seniors. The video can be viewed here:

    For more fire safety tips, visit                               


    The Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services mission is to foster an environment that promotes security, dignity and independence for all Kansans.



    Attachments areaPreview YouTube video Older Americans Month - Fire SafetyOlder Americans Month - Fire Safety

  • 18 May 2015 8:50 AM | Bill Tofflemire (Administrator)

    The HCBS section of the KDADS website has been updated!


    The HCBS Transition Plan information can now be accessed either from the Home Page (Under Community Services and Programs Commission, click on  HCBS Final Rule Transition Plan) or by clicking on the "HCBS Final Rule Transition Plan" link on the left under Home and Community Based Services page.  


    In addition the HCBS Program Renewal Information can now be accessed either from the Home Page (Under Community Services and Programs Commission, click on HCBS Program Renewal Information)  or by clicking on the "HCBS Program Renewal Information" link on the left under Home and Community Based Services page.



    The HCBS provider setting survey is now posted! Please note that all HCBS providers must complete this survey.



    Kansas Department for Aging & Disability Services (KDADS) is requesting your assistance in assessing the State's current home and community based systems to evaluate the level of compliance with the HCBS Settings Final Rule. States operating HCBS programs are charged with the responsibility to ensure the state is in compliance with the rule. Below is the first step in evaluating current systems and to provide settings the opportunity to conduct a self evaluation and report their areas  of compliance. To review detailed information regarding the HCBS Final Rule and Kansas HCBS Transition Plan, please visit the following websites:  


    Medicaid. Gov


    Kansas Transition Plan:

    In summary, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, known as CMS, has made changes to its requirements for home and community based services.  The new final rule, effective March 17, 2014, requires states to evaluate their HCBS settings to meet the new rule’s definition. The new Final Rule affects all HCBS settings (residential and nonresidential) that are controlled, owned and operated by providers in which individuals receive home and community based services through the Autism, Frail Elderly, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Physical Disability, SED, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Technology Assisted Programs.    

     To ensure compliance with the new rules, KDADS is requesting all providers who own, operate and control settings to complete one (1) self-assessment/attestation survey for every setting type that they own, operate and control.  The information gathered through this survey will assist KDADS to assess existing systems for compliance with the new final rule and determine the next steps for the onsite assessment plan.  Please provide a summary of your organization's self-evaluation of compliance with the final rule. Additional comments can be added to the end of the survey if you would like to provide additional information and pose questions for future consideration during the onsite assessment process.  The survey is designed so that it must be completed for each setting type individually (i.e., if you own. operate or control more than one setting type, you must take the survey for each one).  Once you complete the survey, you can start over and complete a different survey for a different setting type. 

    HCBS settings’ failure to complete the self-assessment/attestation survey by June 16, 2015 will be advanced to the first round of onsite, in-person assessment of compliance by KDADS staff. These settings will receive notification from KDADS of their failure to report their self-assessments of compliance with the final rule and will be given direction for the next steps of the HCBS Settings Compliance process.

    Questions related to the survey and transition plan can be sent to      IF YOU HAVE MULTIPLE TYPES OF SETTINGS RECEIVING HCBS FUNDING, PLEASE COMPLETE THIS SURVEY FOR EACH TYPE OF SETTING.  The survey can be accessed at the following website:

    KDADS encourages all HCBS settings to complete a self-assessment/attestation in a timely fashion in order to ensure settings providing HCBS services in Kansas can be determined to be compliant with the final rule. Questions regarding technical issues with the survey can be directed to Dr. Tara Gregory, Director of Research and Evaluation at WSU Center for Community Support and Research,

  • 15 Apr 2015 10:37 AM | Bill Tofflemire (Administrator)

    Breathe Oxygen & Medical Supply announces the acquisition of Advanced Homecare, LLC. More information is available at:  

  • 13 Apr 2015 11:39 AM | Bill Tofflemire (Administrator)

    The Kansas Board of Adult Care Home Administrators will meet next on Friday, June 12 at the Rasmussen College campus (620 SW Governor View, Topeka, KS 66606).  The agenda and further details will be released by BACHA closer to the meeting.

  • 06 Mar 2015 3:56 PM | Bill Tofflemire (Administrator)

    The Board of Adult Care Home Administrators (BACHA) will meet at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, March 13, 2015 at the Department of Children and Families (DCF) Learning Center, 2500 SW East Circle Drive South in Topeka.  The Complaint Investigatory Committee (CIC) will not meet this month.

  • 22 Jan 2015 4:06 PM | Teresa Keating (Administrator)
    January 22, 2015

    The Office of the State Fire Marshal is preparing to update our adopted codes and standards and we would like to offer you the opportunity to provide comments or other input. In the upcoming months we will begin preparing the regulations to adopt and a formal public hearing and comment period will be scheduled. At this time, we wanted to solicit any input and give everyone the opportunity to become involved in the process as early as possible.

    We are currently operating under the 2006 International Building Code (IBC), 2006 International Fire Code (IFC), 2006 NFPA 101 Life Safety Code, and various other NFPA documents. Older versions of which are all currently adopted in K.A.R. 22-1-3.

    Our office is planning to adopt the following codes and standards.

    The 2012 edition of the International Building Code (IBC)
    The 2012 edition of the International Fire Code (IFC)
    The 2013 edition of NFPA 10 (Standard for Portable Fire Extinguishers)
    The 2013 edition of NFPA 13 (Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems)
    The 2013 edition of NFPA 13D (Standard of the Installation of Sprinkler Systems in
    One- and Two-Family Dwellings and Manufactured Homes)
    The 2013 edition of NFPA 13R (Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems in
    Low-Rise Residential Occupancies)
    The 2013 edition of NFPA 14 (Standard for the Installation of Standpipe and Hose
    The 2013 edition of NFPA 17 (Standard for Dry Chemical Extinguishing Systems)
    The 2013 edition of NFPA 17A (Standard for Wet Chemical Extinguishing Systems)
    The 2014 edition of NFPA 25 (Standard for the Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of
    Water-Based Fire Protection Systems)
    The 2012 edition of NFPA 30 (Flammable and Combustible Liquids Code)
    The 2012 edition of NFPA 30A (Code for Motor Fuel Dispensing Facilities and Repair
    The 2013 edition of NFPA 52 (Vehicular Gaseous Fuel Systems Code)
    The 2014 edition of NFPA 70 (National Electric Code)
    The 2013 edition of NFPA 72 (National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code)
    The 2014 edition of NFPA 96 (Standard for Ventilation Control and Fire Protection of
    Commercial Cooking Equipment)
    The 2012 edition of NFPA 101 (Life Safety Code)
    The 2013 edition of NFPA 101A (Guide on Alternative Approaches to Life Safety)
    The 2011 edition of NFPA 102 (Standard for Grandstands, Folding and Telescopic
    Seating, Tents, and Membrane Structures)
    The 2013 edition of NFPA 110 (Standard for Emergency and Standby Power Systems)
    The 2012 edition of NFPA 170 (Standard for Fire Safety and Emergency Symbols)
    The 2012 edition of NFPA 385 (Standard for Tank Vehicles for Flammable and
    Combustible Liquids)

    Questions and concerns should be sent to: Mende Barnett,

  • 21 Nov 2014 10:22 AM | Teresa Keating (Administrator)

    AIT Pre-Test Seminar

    April 16 & 17, 2015

    April's course will be located at:

     Salina Presbyterian Manor

     2601 E. Crawford

     Salina, KS 67401

    For only $200 (if your not enrolled in our program) you will receive help with passing the State and NAB test. This is a two-day course given four times a year. Don’t miss this opportunity!

    KACE is offering this wonderful opportunity to attend our Administrator-In-Training (AIT) Pre-Test Seminar. Dawn Veh and Kim Halbert, AIT Program Coordinators, facilitate this wonderful Examination Preparation Seminar. This program is a two-day course that will help the AIT prepare for the State and the National Association of Long-Term Care Administrators Boards (NAB) Examinations. The goal of KACE’s preparation course is to help the AIT successfully pass the national and state exams and to help the AIT be the best Administrator possible!

    This course is given quarterly and alternates between Topeka and Salina for convenience. Also, the course will give the AIT the opportunity to network with other AITs from around the state. The first day of the course runs 10:00 to 6:00 and the second day is 9:00 to 12:00. Lunch is provided on the first day and included in your $200 fee.

    If you're one of our AIT's please bring your books with you. If you're enrolled in another program please contact KACE for a listing of the books needed for this course. 

    We hope you will consider attending KACE’s Pre-Test Seminar. To register, contact Teresa with KACE at 785/273-4393 or

  • 22 Oct 2014 11:23 AM | Teresa Keating (Administrator)

    Pratt Rehabilitation and Residence Center has been given a 5 star rating by CMS as October 1st 2014.   Administrator Richard Bell LNHA,MBA, says he is proud of his team of caring professionals and what they have been able to accomplish together.  Surveyors stated that they were impressed at how much the residents reciprocated that caring in concession with staff.   Pratt Rehabilitation and Residence Center is a part of the Pratt Regional Medical Center system in South Central Kansas.

    Congratulations Pratt Rehabilitation for all your hard work!

  • 15 Oct 2014 3:23 PM | Teresa Keating (Administrator)

    KDADS Regional Roundtables are scheduled for November 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7. KACE will be hosting the November 4 meeting at Larksfield Place in Wichita from 1:30 to 3:30. If your interested in attending the November 4 course call Teresa at 785/273-4393 or email KACE at Please contact LeadingAge or KHCA if you would like to attend one of the other sessions. Please see the attached flyer: Invitation for regional roundtables FINAL.pdf

  • 17 Jun 2014 2:24 PM | Teresa Keating (Administrator)

    Mende Barnett, with the Kansas State Fire Marshal office, was kind enough to send to us the CMS Proposed Rule: CMS Proposed Rule.pdf

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