Welcome to Children’s Resource Connection
Children's Resource Connection (CRC) is the entity designated by the Kansas Department of Aging and Disability Services (KDADS) to facilitate new referrals and eligibility assessments for the KDADS Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Technology Assisted Waiver (TA Waiver or TA Program). This program is for children ages 0 thru 21, who are dependent on life-sustaining technology approved by the State of Kansas and could benefit from having in-home nursing services. Eligibility for this specific consumer group falls under the responsibility of the State of Kansas, All inquiries are reviewed for technology eligibility and then assigned to the appropriate MATLOC eligibility specialist (MES) who are contracted by the State to provide the required initial eligibility assessment and subsequent 6-mo eligibility reassessments.
To be eligible for the Technology Assisted Program, a child must meet technology guidelines set by the State of Kansas, as well as meet the minimum requirements of assessed medical acuity needs for the child’s age. All children need to be deemed medically fragile and in need of nursing care. All eligibility assessments are conducted by a registered nurse with a bachelor’s degree or an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse either at the hospital, within 14 days of discharge, or in the consumer's home. Being evaluated by a nurse ensures that the medical needs of the child are being properly evaluated and taken into consideration by a medical professional.
Being eligible for TA Waiver services allows a child access to KanCare Medicaid coverage, as well as the added benefit of having in-home nursing services. All Medicaid services are managed by the MCO TA Waiver care coordinator assigned to that child.
CRC has worked with many Kansas hospitals and community organizations when they come in contact with children who may benefit from TA Waiver services and need a referral for TA services. Such facilities are Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, KUMC in Kansas City, Overland Park Regional Medical Center, Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, Via Christi facilities in Wichita, Stormont Vail in Topeka, as well as rehab facilities in Nebraska and Colorado,and several Infant and Toddler Services providers across the State.
If you have a child or work with a child who might meet the eligibility requirements for the TA Waiver and benefit from in-home nursing, please contact CRC at 316-721-1945 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. If someone is not available to answer your call right away, your call will be returned within 24 hours or the next business day. Once a preliminary conversation is held to gain additional information and it is felt the child meets technology requirements, then the regional assessor will be assigned to contact the family to arrange an initial eligibility assessment. If you contact us by email, please make sure that you include any pertinent information about this child, guardian information, medical diagnosis and technology. Your inquiry will be returned via phone call, so please remember to include your contact number.
CRC welcomes conversations with families who feel they are in need of assistance and if the TA Waiver is not the appropriate service avenue, you will be directed to other avenues and entities who could possibly provide assistance and/or support.