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TOPEKA – The Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services recognized 14 adult care homes in Kansas – out of more than 700 in the state – for their achievements in providing and sustaining person-centered care for residents in 2016

Those recognized included four in South Central Kansas.

Among five facilities recognized for their work in sustaining person-center care in 2016 was are Attica Long Term Care in Attica and Bethesda Home in Goessel.

Facilities recognized for their work as Mentor Homes – facilities that have earned recognition for their past performance and mentored other adult care homes in implementing person-centered care in 2016 – included Pleasant View Home in Inman and Schowalter Villa in Hesston.

For the past 18 years, the Kansas Department of Aging and its successor, KDADS, has recognized nursing homes for successfully implementing positive culture change through the Promoting Excellent Alternatives in Kansas Nursing Homes or PEAK program.

As a result, accommodating the personal preferences of nursing facility residents has become as important as providing the vital services and supports their residents need.

Five years ago, to encourage homes to adopt person-centered care as a minimum standard, the agency created the PEAK 2.0 program and redesigned the performance incentives included in the Medicaid nursing home reimbursement formula to recognize achievement in the areas of resident choice, staff development, home environment and meaningful life.

There are more than 705 adult care homes in Kansas, 337 of which are nursing facilities and of those, 174 are enrolled in the PEAK program.

“I want to congratulate these facilities for doing the hard work of implementing and maintaining person-centered care, a culture change which involves rethinking their values and practices from top to bottom,” KDADS Secretary Tim Keck stated in a release. “As a result, they are caring for their residents in a way – and in an environment – that enhances the quality of life for residents.”


A calculator is now available to help Kansans estimate their increased income tax liability under the new tax law approved by the Kansas legislature.

The calculator is easily accessible at the link: by visiting the Department of Revenue website,

Users input their filing status, allowances, and adjusted gross income. The calculator then displays what the tax liability was under the old law, what it is under the new law for tax year 2017, and the difference.

“This calculator is a tool,” said Revenue Secretary Sam Williams. “It’s not for tax preparation, and because individual tax liabilities are so dependent on specific details, it’s more than likely it won’t predict the exact amount that will be owed. But it’s a valuable resource to gain an idea of the changes in tax liability.”

The agency will update the calculator in January 2018 to reflect the additional tax increase effective for tax year 2018.


Dr. Jerry Farley, president of Washburn University, will be speaking at the Hutchinson / Reno County Chamber of Commerce Membership Luncheon on Wednesday.

Mennonite Friendship Communities is the sponsor for this month’s luncheon, which will be at the Hutchinson Town Club from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Dr. Farley will be speaking on the future of higher education, as well as giving an update on the Washburn University Campus.

“As our members and local employers always tell us, the resource pipeline of educated talent is of vital importance to sustaining and growing our local economy,” said Debra Teufel, Chamber President/CEO. “Last month we heard from WSU President Dr. John Bardo about regional strategies, and this month we look forward to hearing from another excellent institution of higher education in Kansas.”

Cost for the luncheon is $15 for Chamber members and $20 for non-members. Reservations can be made by calling Belinda McClanahan at (620) 662-3391 or by visiting



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