This program is intended to provide funding to HCBS providers to distribute as retention bonuses to their workers, in proportion to the number of HCBS clients that the provider organization serves. The team at KDADS is continuing the process of approving the applications, and acknowledges that registering with SAM.gov has presented some challenges for HCBS providers. If you are in the middle of obtaining a UEI and/or registering with SAM.gov, please email KDADS.Workforce@ks.gov, so they know where you are in the process. If you have not begun the process of registering with SAM.gov or have other questions about the HCBS Incentive Program email KDADS.Workforce@ks.gov. KDADS will be sending the beneficiary agreements, containing your allocated amount and compliance requirements, to your organization’s point of contact listed in your application next week along with the closeout survey. Please be sure to include your TIN number on the agreement. The agreements must be signed by the authorized representative at your agency. The deadline for receipt of the signed agreements to KDADS.Workforce@ks.gov is no later than June 30, 2022.

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Debra is LeadingAge Kansas’ President and CEO. She leads the overall affairs of the association, works closely with the Board of Directors, and is responsible for the implementation of the strategic plan, oversight of financial resources, and of course, inspiring and leading the team. Additionally, she’s the primary spokesperson for the association, the liaison to LeadingAge National, and serves as the President and CEO of the association’s sister organizations, the Foundation and Employee Benefits, Inc. Her commitment and passion for aging services stems out of her deep love for her grandparents. She finds that helping the association’s members make a difference in the lives of the people they serve and being part of an organization that is not content simply preserving the status quo, are her favorite parts of her job. Debra, her husband, and their dog love traveling the open road together in a tiny 5th wheel Scamp. You can contact her directly at 785.233.7443 ext. 111.