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I Want to Work

For many individuals, employment means more than a paycheck; work place responsibilities offer a sense of purpose, identity and community connection. Through employment, people become more self-sufficient and independent.

Sometimes it’s possible to return to a previous position. In some cases, it’s necessary for individuals who have experienced a significant injury or life-changing event to consider new and/or different employment opportunities. The Minds Matter team can help guide you through this process.

Our team is adept in evaluating a wide range of job sites, assessing the ergonomic design of work stations and recommending modifications that synchronize employees’ unique abilities with specific job tasks, equipment and work spaces. Success in the work place is possible when individuals and employers collaborate. Our therapists:

  • provide education,
  • trouble shoot challenges,
  • recommend modifications that optimize productivity.

The ultimate goal is to create processes and environments that empower individuals to perform at the highest possible level.


End Dependence Kansas

End Dependence Kansas is an initiative to increase employment of Kansans with disabilities. The outcome of this five year initiative will result in 2,000 Kansans with disabilities achieving successful employment. A significant goal of End Dependence Kansas is to improve the quantity and quality of employment placements. The initiative will emphasize and support community partners to prioritize competitive, integrated jobs in the community.

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For Employers

Growing a diverse workplace is essential to a successful business-it symbolizes the ability to adapt, and evolve to meet new business challenges. Several benefits come from employing individuals with all levels of ability,  read Hiring People with Disabilities- is it Good, or is it Better?  to understand why hiring people with disabilities is not only a service to the community, but to your company!

Minds Matter, llc is available to assist Kansans in obtaining employment through two different state programs, the Kansas Vocational Rehabilitation Program (also known as Voc Rehab), and the Working Healthy program.

Kansas Vocational Rehabilitation

Kansas offers vocational rehabilitation services for residents that have a physical or mental disability so that they may continue to pursue their goal of becoming a gainfully employed and productive member of their community.   Services provided include job preparation and training, job placement services, diagnostic examinations, and ongoing support for employment sustainability.  Often, vocational rehabilitation will support consumers by also providing assistive technology, pay for higher education and professional training, and even driving instruction so that people are ready to succeed in their desired career.

To learn more about the Kansas Vocational Rehabilitation program, click here.

If you are interested in this program, give us a call at 866.429.6757 or send us an email through the Contact Us page.  We would be happy to walk you through the process of applying.


 

Working Healthy

Working Healthy, the Kansas Medicaid Buy-In program, is an employment incentive program designed for people whose income exceeds the Medicaid limit, but whose health needs are significant.

Consumers eligible for Working Healthy are those typically in a Medicaid eligibility category called “Medically Needy”. People in this category only receive Medicaid health care coverage once they “spend down” their excess income on medical expenses during a six-month period. Every six months the “spend down” period starts over.

Working Healthy incentivizes employment by allowing people to increase their income without incurring a higher “spend down” or losing their eligibility for Medicaid coverage completely. Working Healthy substitutes an affordable premium for the “spend down”.

Working Healthy Benefits

To be eligible for Working Healthy, an individual must:

  • be 16-64 years of age
  • meet the Social Security definition of disability
  • have verified earned income which is subject to FICA/SECA taxes
  • earn a minimum of $65.01/month, if employed by an employer, or earn $85.01 a month, after employment related expenses are deducted
  • have earnings at or above the federal minimum wage (unless self-employed)
  • be a Kansas resident
  • demonstrate a need for a similar level of care as individuals on a Waiver or Waiver waiting lists

In addition to eliminating spend down and substituting a more affordable premium, other benefits include:

  • consistent Medicaid coverage
  • ability to earn more income without loss of medical coverage
  • savings up to $15,000 per household
  • unlimited retirement accounts
  • assistance with Medicare expenses
  • in some instances, payment of employer premiums
  • benefits planning and assistance
  • WORK services
  • Medicaid coverage even when determined by Social Security to be “Medically Improved”

To understand the effect these benefits can have, read Working is Healthy. Written by one of our own employment specialists, learn how Working Healthy benefits paired with Minds Matter, LLC services brought structure and security to someone’s life.

 

If you are interested in the Working Healthy program, give us a call at 866.429.6757 or send us an email through the Contact Us page.  We would be happy to walk you through the process of applying.


 

Work Opportunities Reward Kansans (WORK)

Consumers eligible for Working Healthy who need assistance with activities of daily living receive personal assistance services through Work Opportunities Reward Kansans, or WORKWORK includes an assessment to determine the need for Personal Assistance Services (PAS), Independent Living Counseling (ILC), and Assistive Services.

What are the benefits of being on the WORK program?

  • eliminating a spend down or client obligation and substituting a more affordable premium
  • consistent Medicaid coverage
  • ability to earn more income without loss of medical coverage
  • savings up to $15,000 per household
  • unlimited retirement accounts
  • assistance with Medicare expenses
  • in some instances, payment of employer premiums
  • benefits planning and assistance
  • WORK services (ie…Independent Living Counseling, PA services)
  • Medicaid coverage even when determined by Social Security to be “Medically Improved”

What are the services available on the WORK Program?

  1. Personal Services (self directed and agency directed)
  2. Individualized Budgets
  3. Assistive Services
  4. Independent Living Counseling
  5. Carryover funds

 

What is an Independent Living Counselor (ILC)?

Essentially the role of an Independent Living Counselor is to assist consumers to self and/or agency-direct their services.

Independent Living Counselor responsibilities include; but are not limited to

  • becoming familiar with WORK program policies and procedures, and conveying that information to consumers
  • discussing options available through WORK
  • assisting consumers in accessing the training and supports needed to develop the skills to self-direct services, organize workplace accommodations, and otherwise meet goals for independent living;
  • assisting consumers to develop the Individualized Budget
  • assisting consumers to decide on providers reimbursement and add in payroll deductions while remaining within the parameters of their monthly allocation
  • assisting consumers in determining and locating alternate, cost-effective methods for purchasing services and/or providers
  • assisting consumers to maintain and or increase independence and employment and access other systems that will enhance independent living and/or employment

Employer Assistance Referral Network (EARN), Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC), and more.

 Hiring a qualified person with a disability brings greater benefits beyond just filling an open job. Individuals with disabilities represent the single largest and most diverse minority in the United States and are a major untapped source of qualified candidates, according to U.S. Department of Labor experts. It is believed by workplace disability experts that employers are not relying on this workforce because they are unaware of the various skills people with disabilities are capable of. Also, the lack of ability to identify these potential employees leaves the workforce untapped.

To learn more about these and more employer assistance programs, and their accompanying benefits, click here.

If you are interested in any of these potential benefits, give us a call at 866.429.6757 or send us an email through the Contact Us page.  We would be happy to walk you through the process of applying.