InterHab is dedicated to bringing about bold change for Kansans with developmental disabilities.

Our staff and membership take seriously the responsibility to work with local, state, and federal policymakers to ensure that all Kansans with developmental disabilities have the opportunities to live inclusive lives as independently as possible.
Much has been accomplished over the last 50+ years, but with each new political era comes new challenges. We are focused on ensuring that community supports and services providers have the necessary tools and funding to provide quality life experiences and outcomes for the Kansas IDD community. And, we are focused on holding the State accountable to its requirements under state and federal law.

Click here for the 2020 InterHab Legislative Platform. 


The 2020 InterHab Big Three:

Number One: Direct Support Professional Workforce
Organizations that provide community-based services to Kansans with intellectual and developmental disabilities are facing a workforce crisis in their most vital positions – direct support professionals who provide critical care on a daily basis. Without legislative action, this crisis will grow to impact the IDD network’s ability to provide services.
  • Costs associated with difficulties in recruiting direct care workers are crushing providers. InterHab members have almost universally indicated overtime and recruitment-related cost spikes due to the inability to competitively attract and retain direct support professionals. Recruitment and overtime costs over 125% of budget were the norm for providers during recent years.
  • IDD providers are hard pressed to offer competitive wages that are even comparable to entry-level fast food restaurants in their communities. The state’s low unemployment rate only exacerbates this issue.
  • The IDD population continues to grow, which requires a growing workforce to match. Further, the existing IDD population is becoming more challenging to serve as a number of Kansans with IDD have complex needs such as increased physical care, age-related illnesses like dementia, or behavioral issues that result in physically or sexually aggressive behaviors.

Number Two: Provider Capacity
Kansas IDD service providers are struggling to maintain the capacity to serve the existing population of Kansans with IDD who receive HCBS and cannot serve those on the waiting list without additional resources.

  • In spite of recent provider rate increases, IDD service providers have remained significantly underfunded for the past 20 years. That underfunding impacts every aspect of providers’ business operations.
  • Provider rate increases are needed to rebuild capacity before further erosion occurs. For example, from 2014 to 2019, Johnson County (one of the state’s two largest service networks) lost 22% of its day providers, 26% of its residential providers and 24% of its TCM providers.

Direct support professional worker shortages seriously impact capacity. IDD service provision is a 24/7 job, which is labor intensive. Providers already struggle with costs associated with high turnover of these positions, including overtime hours as well as investments in recruitment and training of new workers.

 

Number Three: 2020 Legislative Initiatives
The Kansas Legislature must act to stabilize provider capacity through the addition of new funds.

  • A bill will be introduced on January 22nd in the House Social Services Budget Committee that will provide three years of provider rate increases and also establish a mechanism for annual inflationary adjustments to IDD providers.
  • This bill will also call for an in-depth legislative examination of the IDD waiting list in order to create a strategic roadmap for elimination of the list.
  • Another bill will be introduced this session that seeks $5 million in funds to create additional resources for persons with IDD who also have significant behavioral health challenges. These individuals often act out in physically and sexually aggressive ways that result in high costs to the IDD service system.