Minds Matter Newsletter



Your Resource Connection

The needs of consumers and families can be complex and at times seem never ending.  Therapists, social workers and caregivers naturally find themselves in the role of helper.  Although we strive to do the best for those we support, it is unrealistic that this care will remain in place through the entirety of a person’s journey.  People must learn to access resources naturally occurring in their community in order successfully navigate life.  Within our newsletter series, we hope to share with you relevant community resources – everything from housing to transportation to make these challenges a little bit easier for you or someone you know.

If you have a resource you’d like featured in an upcoming newsletter, please email us details at resources@mindsmatterllc.com.


Update: Brain Injury Waiver Services Available in Wichita & Statewide

Our Wichita office officially opens November 1st!  We’re located in Western Wichita off of West Central and look forward to serving more Kansans with brain injuries.

As of today, we are currently accepting referrals for individuals with brain injuries, including both traumatic and acquired (stroke, loss of oxygen to the brain, etc).  Please submit all referrals through our website, or call us at 866-429-6757 Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM.

As a result of not only expanding to Wichita, but also statewide, we are looking for more awesome staff!  If you know anyone that would be a great therapist, email Linda Brown, Vice President of Human Resources, at lindab@mindsmatterllc.com.

Current positions we are currently hiring for include:
Life Skills Coach | statewide need
Cognitive Therapist | statewide need
Physical Therapist | Lawrence, Topeka, Overland Park, Kansas City, Wichita
Occupational Therapist | Lawrence, Topeka, Overland Park, Kansas City, Wichita
Speech Therapist | Lawrence, Topeka, Overland Park, Kansas City, Wichita

Watch future newsletters for more exciting news about service expansion!


Participants Needed: 2019 National Survey on Health & Disability

The University of Kansas wants to know how your access to health care and insurance may be affecting your life.

The NIDILRR-funded Collaborative on Health Reform and Independent Living (CHRIL) at the University of Kansas is looking for adults with disabilities to complete an online survey about health insurance and health care services. Whether you have private insurance, insurance from an employer, TRICARE, Medicaid, Medicare or no insurance right now please complete the survey.

  • Adults, 18 and over, with any type of disability, chronic illness/disease, mental or physical health condition are encouraged to participate
  • The survey should take about 20-30 minutes to complete
  • Responses are anonymous
To complete the survey, to go: https://tinyurl.com/NSHD2019Whether or not you complete the survey, you can choose to enter a drawing to win one of ten $100 gift cards. If you prefer to take the survey over the phone or have any questions about participating, please call toll-free 1-855-556-6328 (Voice/TTY) or email healthsurvey@ku.edu. This survey may look familiar to you. It was first posted in 2018 and is being posted for a second time this year. We welcome participation from those who completed it in 2018 and those who have never done it before. Thank you!

Stepping On (Fall Prevention) Training Available

Meadowlark Hills and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment are partnering to hold a Stepping On Leader course November 18-20, 2019. The course will take place in Manhattan and is limited to 12 participants.

WHO: To be trained as a leader follow these requirements:

  • Be a health care professional, aging network professional or fitness instructor
  • Have led group-based programs on adult learning or self- efficacy principles
  • Have worked with older adults in a professional setting
  • Have a commitment to falls prevention
  • Either be a volunteer or have permission from employer to devote work time to organizing and leading workshops
  • Commit to leading at least two Stepping On workshops every year.
WHEN: Monday, November 18 through Wednesday, November 20, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
WHERE: Manhattan, KansasA block of rooms is being held at the Bluemont Hotel at a rate of $95/night. Please call the hotel at 785-473-7091 to reserve your room and state you are attending the training.

Please see the documents below for additional information. Note: the referenced conference call in the flyer and application may be replaced by an email from the Master Trainers.

Stepping On Training Opportunity Flyer
Stepping on Application

You will receive confirmation of acceptance to the course on or before October 25, 2019.

Kansas LEND Family Education Series

Click here for a flyer for the November 14th Kansas LEND’s Family Education Series – Put On Your Mask First, It Is A Long Flight presented by Mary Anne Hammond, Education Coordinator-Autism, Children’s Mercy. Please share with families, on social media, include in your newsletters, hang in your clinics, etc. The in-person (see below for online) event will be at KU Edwards Campus, Regnier Hall Room 155 from 6-7:30pm.

The session will focus on Parent/Caregiver Self-Care.

A reminder you do not need to attend in person this will also be live on Facebook at the Kansas LEND page, registration is not required but encouraged for planning purposes as well as sending out the handouts to those who have registered to watch online prior to the start time.

Register Here

Any questions and/or concerns should be directed to Stephanie Coleman at scoleman3@kumc.edu 

Please note this is the last presentation of 2019, we are off in December and will be back on January 9th with a topic for young children.


KDHE Employment Supports Pilot

The Kansas Department of Health & Environment is currently working on launching an initiative included in the State’s 1115 demonstration waiver, designed to help KanCare members with behavioral health conditions or disabilities gain employment.  The initiative is an employment support pilot designed to provide services to people to assist them to obtain and keep employment.

The pilot will eventually serve 500 KanCare members and is designed to test whether a small set of services can help people work and use fewer supports.  There is no targeted implementation date yet for the voluntary program.

Please watch for updates in future newsletters regarding the status of this employment pilot.


Johnson County Christmas Bureau

It’s that time of year again to start thinking about Holiday Assistance. Your help is needed more than ever in reaching low-income families in Johnson County who are in need of food and gifts and would like to apply to shop at the JCCB.
  • HOLIDAY SHOP DATES – December 4th- – December 11th
  • Location – TBD
  • Requirements – Each individual or household must be a resident of Johnson County, meet income requirements,  fill out an application and be given an appointment.
  1. Total household income (of all working) no higher than 150% of federal poverty level
  2. Persons listed on the application must live year-round in the home
  3. Applicant must not be asking for holiday help from another agency or group.
  • Application must be completely filled out on-line this year. You will receive a letter with instructions on how to do this to give out to your clients.  Each letter will have the individual code needed to sign up on-line.  We will not be giving out hard copies this year.  If your clients don’t have access to a computer, have them call us, and we’ll help them enroll.  English 913-229-5885, Spanish 913-229-5785
  • Please fill out the Spanish side of the application if that is the preferred language.
  • Families receiving aid from the DCF might receive an application mailed on October 8th. Please ask if they have filled out our application already, so we will not receive duplicates. Only one application needs to be sent per family.
  • Thank you for your help in enrolling our clients.


The deadline to be assured of an appointment is November 22nd. Agency applications may be taken after that date until we are full.  Appointments will be a first come, first served basis, so please return as soon as possible.  The link for on-line applications is:  www.jccb.org/apply2019 

IF YOU NEED MORE letters or codes,  E-MAIL Clientservices@jccb.org.