National PLAN Alliance

Barb Helm elected to National PLAN Alliance board of directors

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 National PLAN Alliance is the umbrella organization for 18 PLAN affiliates in 22 states.

NPA provides a variety of vital support services to existing and new programs, such as program and board development, feasibility surveys, fund raising, marketing, conferences and strategic planning assistance to its affiliate PLAN programs.

Recently, our Executive Director, Barb Helm, was elected to the NPA Board of Directors. The Board is comprised of volunteer and staff leaders, as well as family members representing the 22 affiliates. Barb’s leadership, knowledge and experience are a welcome addition to the Board. Because of her involvement in the Arcare Pooled Trust Program, she will be integral to the continued growth and evolution of this aspect of support NPA provides its state PLAN programs.

For more information about National PLAN Alliance, visit http://www.nationalplanalliance.org/.

Arcare Provides Pooled Trusts Testimony

Arcare provides expert testimony on pooled trusts in Iowa

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 income trusts under section 633C.3, on a monthly basis, during the life of the beneficiary. Any increase in income or principal retained in the trust from a previous month may be expended, during the life of the beneficiary, only for reasonable and necessary expenses of the trust, not to exceed ten dollars per month without court approval, for special needs of the beneficiary attributable to the beneficiary’s disability and approved by the district court, for medical care or services that would otherwise be covered by medical assistance under chapter 249A, or to reimburse the state for medical assistance paid on behalf of the beneficiary.

This restrictive clause hinders persons with disability to benefit from distributions currently allowed through special needs trusts by federal regulation.

To view the complete testimony, click here.

Providing food prep skills for individuals with disabilities

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 the group is looking for ways to expand its offerings to various locations throughout the Kansas City area and beyond to help a larger population of individuals with disabilities. But overall, the focus of the conversation fell on the importance of teaching food preparation and planning skills to help them live independently and safely.

Listen to the 20-minute program by clicking on the video below.

In addition to learning from the YouTube channel Sarah has created (available online here) that provides “how to” videos on everything from popping popcorn in an air popper to preparing for guests in the home, the individuals in The Mission Project are also benefitting from a new program offered by Master Food Volunteers through the K-State Johnson County Research Extension.

This program is being supported by a grant from the Arcare Foundation, and we are thrilled to be part of its growth and evolution. Run by Jean Porter and Sherry Carter, the to-be-named program will allow individuals with disabilities to develop culinary skills and increase their knowledge about nutritious meal planning for just a few dollars per class. Jean and Sherry hope to get other organizations like The Mission Project involved to expand their reach and help more adults with disability live successfully on their own.

Check our Arcare Charitable Fund page for more information as the program takes shape!

JCDS helps vulnerable population of adults lead fulfilling and independent lives

Connecting the community to a loyal, reliable workforce

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 to rave about, for many adults with disabilities it truly is. These jobs allow this vulnerable population to live fulfilling, independent lives by earning a consistent paycheck. The pride these individuals and the companies who hire them feel is well deserved, and Arcare is pleased to see this dynamic program continually gaining recognition.

“Community employment is critical because it allows individuals to reach their highest levels of independence and productivity,” said casino online Chad VonAhnen, executive director, Johnson County Developmental Supports. “We all want to be part of our community and contribute in a meaningful manner. This program allows us to help people with disabilities get where they aspire to go.”

To read the complete article, view pages 8 and 9 of JoCo here.

Arcare works closely with JCDS to support positive lifestyle choices of many of our mutual clients. If you have any questions about the Community Employment program, call 913.826.2626 or visit www.jocogov.org. For other questions, contact Arcare directly.

Photo credit: JoCo Magazine

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Welcome to the new Arcare website!

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 one with a disability. Then, continue to check back as we add information about upcoming events in which Arcare participates, as well news and information to help families stay on top of changing regulations as they manage care for their loved ones.

If you have any questions, feel free to submit them through our contact form. For more pressing matters, simply call or email us. We look forward to hearing from you and utilizing the site to keep you informed of the issues that matter most.