Grant Funding Will Help Hundreds of Johnson County Individuals with Disabilities Secure Competitive Employment

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After being awarded a combined more than $2 million in grant funding, Johnson County Developmental Supports and Johnson County Mental Health will be able to help secure competitive employment for a goal of 320 individuals served by either agency over the next five years. Both agencies have received an End-Dependence Grant from the Kansas Rehabilitation Services division of the Kansas Department for Children and Family Services.

Both JCDS and JCMH will use these grants to improve competitive employment outcomes for Johnson ...

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National Guardianship Association Certifies Barb Helm

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This year, Arcare became a proud member of the National Guardianship Association (NGA). NGA represents more than 1,000 guardians, conservators and fiduciaries from across the United States who share a vision for advancing the nationally recognized standard of excellence in guardianship and protecting incapacitated adults. NGA and its members work to strengthen guardianship and its related services through quality assurance, networking and education.

In October, Barb Helm, Arcare’s executive director, attended NGA’s National Guardianship Conference in Mesa, Arizona, to benefit from ...

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Arcare Presents NBI Workshop on Special Needs Trusts

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Special Needs Trusts expertise is at the heart of how our Arcare staff helps families ensure their loved ones with disability can maintain financial independence without jeopardizing eligibility for important benefits. Because of our team’s familiarity with the issues surrounding creating, funding and maintaining these trusts, we are often asked to participate in trainings and workshops about these planning tools.

Yesterday, Lynn Carter and Barb Helm joined board member Emily Donaldson and strategic partner Stacey Janssen in co-presenting at a National ...

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Barb Helm Elected to National PLAN Alliance Board of Directors

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As part of the vital role Arcare plays in helping individuals with disabilities and their families, we are a proud member of the National PLAN Alliance. NPA is the only non-profit organization in America dedicated solely to meeting the planning needs of families with adult children having lifelong disabilities.

PLAN (Planned Lifetime Assistance Network) programs were founded to assist families in planning for the future care of loved ones with lifelong disabilities. Established as a tax-exempt non-profit organization in 1997, the ...

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Arcare Provides Expert Testimony on Pooled Trusts in Iowa

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On February 24, Arcare served as an expert on pooled trusts in front of the Iowa Legislature. Our testimony was in support of a new law that would basically negate Section 633C.2 of the existing Iowa law regulating medical assistance trusts.

633C.2 Disposition of medical assistance special needs trusts.
Regardless of the terms of a medical assistance special needs trust, any income received or asset added to the trust during a one-month period shall be expended as provided for medical assistance ...

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Providing Food Prep Skills for Individuals with Disabilities

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For adults with special needs, living independently is a challenge. On yesterday’s edition of Up To Date on KCUR, Steve Kraske interviewed Sarah Mai, executive director of The Mission Project, a local organization dedicated to helping adults with developmental disabilities live on their own. Also joining the conversation was Beverly Palomba, the author of a cookbook specially designed for their needs.

Sarah shared information about the benefits and opportunities The Mission Project provides its residents. She also spoke about how ...

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Connecting the Community to a Loyal, Reliable Workforce

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The Summer 2014 edition of JoCo, The Johnson County Government Magazine, featured a wonderful article about our friends at Johnson County Developmental Supports (JCDS). Since 1972, this organization has been offering its JCDS Community Employment program in which it recruits, places and trains adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities into jobs around the KC Metro area.

Although a job washing dishes at a restaurant, stocking shelves at a grocery store or mowing lawns for a hospital may not seem like something ...

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Welcome to the New Arcare Website!

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Although Arcare has been around for more than 30 years, we’re working diligently to try and expand our reach to a growing number of families with a need for our services. As part of our effort to continue building the Arcare brand, we’re excited to launch our new website!

Take a few moments to browse through the site to find out more about our organization, its services and the ways we can help families planning for the future of a loved ...

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