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Individuals who have sustained a traumatic brain injury (a blow to the head from an outside force) and are between the ages of 16 and 65 may qualify for KS HCBS TBI waiver services. They must be able to meet financial and functional eligibility requirements and provide medical documentation of their injury. Through the TBI waiver, individuals who would otherwise require care in a rehabilitation facility are able to benefit from receiving services in their homes and communities. Participants set their own goals for achieving increased independence and quality of life. TBI waiver services are considered “short-term”; however, participants may receive services for a few years as long as they continue to make progress towards their rehabilitation goals and require services to maintain their independent living skills.

Rehabilitative services covered by the TBI waiver include: Personal Care Service (PCS), TLS Transitional Living Skills (TLS), Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Speech-Language Therapy and Behavioral Therapy services.

Later in 2019, the name of the waiver will change to the BI (Brain Injury) Waiver to reflect an expanded definition for participant eligibility. Two exciting changes for this waiver program are coming:

  • Individuals with acquired brain injuries, including anoxia and stroke, will be eligible for BI Waiver services!
  • Children under the age of 16 with brain injuries will also be eligible for BI Waiver services!

(When a BI is sustained prior to the age of 21, it may also be considered a developmental disability. After a person has met their rehabilitation goals with TBI/BI Waiver services, qualifying individuals may transition from the TBI/BI Waiver to the I/DD or PD (Physical Disability) Waiver if they continue to need formal supports.)

Angela Needham started with OCCK in June 2018 as the TBI Specialist. She has 16 years of experience working for individuals with brain injuries and has provided direct support and rehabilitative services, assessment, employment support, service coordination and staff supervision. Angela enjoys collaborating with teams to identify strengths, modify the environment and develop unique systems and compensatory strategies for individual success.

Stalee Diehl joined OCCK in October 2018 as a Transitional Living Skills Specialist. She is passionate about encouraging individuals to accomplish goals they weren’t even sure they could achieve. Stalee enjoys the diversity of settings and activities she experiences through her role as TLS. She feels like she learns something from every individual she serves.

If you would like more information about brain injury or know an individual who may benefit from services, please contact Angela Needham (785) 829-7796. She would be glad to get involved and help you determine the next step!

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