Agency staff provide single point of entry for adults, caregivers, and seniors to receive comprehensive counsel on community based supports, options, and services. Staff screen and conduct intake of customers for programs and funding. They may refer customers to other resources for support and services as situations warrant. Contact us at 1-800-432-2703
Find Resources by County
A directory of in-home services and service providers available within each county in the NC-FH’s region and statewide. Published in partnership with the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services, this directory is especially helpful for frail elderly people in danger of institutionalization and for hospitals, health departments and other health professionals to identify support systems to implement the Client Assessment, Referral, & Evaluation (CARE) Program.Download the Entire Explore Your Options Guide
Receive Help with Insurance
Senior Health Insurance Counseling for Kansas (SHICK)
SHICK is the Kansas component of the federal Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP) that is funded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). As a SHICK partner, the NC-FH AAA recruits and provides training for a network of 70 volunteer counselors located throughout the 18-county region who answer questions, explain benefits, and help solve health insurance problems. SHICK Counselors are particularly busy each year during the Open Enrollment Period, Oct. 15 to Dec. 7, helping Medicare beneficiaries compare and enroll in prescription drug insurance plans.
SHICK history and background
In March 1994, SHICK began the Prescription Drug Program (PDP) to help individuals apply to drug manufacturers for free or low cost prescriptions. The Kansas Legislature enacted the Kansas Senior Pharmacy Assistance Program (KSPAP) in 2001 that was available to individuals receiving Medicare Savings Program benefits administered by the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services (SRS).
Congress passed the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003 to create Medicare Part D, Medicare’s prescription drug insurance program. Administration for SHICK was transferred from the Kansas Insurance Commissioner to the Kansas Department on Aging. The Initial Enrollment Period for Medicare Part D was Nov. 15, 2005 through May 15, 2006. As Medicare Part D rolled out, KSPAP was discontinued. The Annual Coordinated Election Period, a time designated for joining, switching, or dropping plans began in 2006 from Nov. 15 to Dec. 31. The Affordable Care Act of 2010 renamed the period as the Open Enrollment Period and changed the dates to Oct. 15 through Dec. 7 beginning in fall 2011.
Contact a SHICK Counsler
To ask questions or to make an appointment for a face-toface meeting call 1-800-432-2703
You may also send an e-mail to Marsha at firstname.lastname@example.org
Section 8 Choice Voucher Program
The Section 8 Choice Voucher Program provides housing subsidies to qualified low-income persons who lease private, unsubsidized dwelling units. Subsidy is provided in the form of Housing Assistance Payments (HAP) which are paid directly to the landlord on a monthly basis as long as the family remains a program participant.
Before becoming a program participant, the family must apply for the waiting list and submit required documents to verify eligibility. Eligibility is based on income limits published by HUD annually. The housing staff uses the very-low income guidelines to determine eligibility. Periodically, the waiting list is closed when there is a sufficient pool of applicants. Participants must attend a required briefing and agree to abide by HUD rules.Download Application
Tenant Based Rental Assistance
Tenant Based Rental Assistance (TBRA) is a program funded by the Kansas Housing Resources Corporation that helps low-income families with one time housing-related expenses. The Agency provides assistance with one time housing-related expenses including security deposits for utilities and rent. The Agency provides this assistance in the 17 participating counties which have signed cooperative agreements.
Assistance with Employment
The Older Kansans Employment Program (OKEP) serves Kansans age 55 and over and employers in the four trade areas of Manhattan, Junction City, Salina and Emporia. The mission of OKEP is to provide quality services that enable Kansans over 55 to be employed. Services provided include job search assistance, job readiness and job retention counseling, job development and placement assistance, referral to appropriate classroom training, mentoring and life skills counseling, outreach to enhance employer and public awareness, and advocacy for older job seekers and older workers. All services are available on a contribution basis.
Help with Staying in the Home
The Long Term Care Services Department helps seniors, caregivers and people with disabilities successfully remain in their home or transition from hospitals to home and remain beyond the doorways of nursing homes by assessing their needs, identifying resource options and helping them access and link to an array of helpful services in their community.
Support for Caregivers
A monthly call occurs on the third Wednesday of each month from 2 to 3 p.m. This call features an expert in a topic of interest to caregivers. The call is free to all participants and enables caregivers to gain information, participate in an educational program, and confer with other caregivers while remaining in their homes and without needing to arrange care for the care receiver.
Dial toll-free 888-468-1195. Enter PIN 801707 followed by the # key, then state your name followed by the # key.
Useful Links and Resources
DCF Online Application for Services
Extra Help With Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Costs
Medicare's Nursing Home Finder
Adult Care Home Directory and Inspection Reports
Long Term Care U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services
Kansas Insurance Department
Benefits Check Up