HONEST AND COMPASSIONATE LEGAL GUIDANCE FOR FAMILIES
How to Apply:
You can apply for the KanCare waivers online at Self Service Portal Home Page (ks.gov) or through a paper application available here: Apply for KanCare (ks.gov)
The KanCare HCBS Access Guide is a great resource to prepare you for the application process and what to expect as you navigate the system: consumer-access-guide-to-hcbs-services-in-kansas650064a0172e66d690a7ff00009edf98.pdf (ks.gov
While many of the waivers in Kansas have no waitlist, the two most common waivers, PD and I/DD, both have significant waitlists before services can be provided. The Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS), the state agency that administers KanCare waivers, releases a report monthly summarizing the individuals on each waiver in Kansas and the number of individuals on the waitlist in Kansas. As of December, 2020, there were nearly 4,500 individuals on the waitlist for the I/DD waiver and over 2,000 individuals on the waitlist for the PD waiver.
Parents of children with special needs or disabilities have additional considerations when their children turn 18. While these children are becoming adults and can therefore make their own medical, financial, and living arrangement decisions, they may not be mentally capable of safely doing so.
If your child has special needs or disabilities that prevent them from meeting their essential needs for their health, safety, or welfare or an inability to manage their own finances, you may want to consider filing a petition to obtain a guardianship over your child when they reach age 18. As a legal guardian of an adult with an impairment, you can continue to ensure your adult child’s medical, living, financial, educational, and support needs are being met.