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Garden City Telegram (Newspaper) - September 5, 2015, Garden City, KansasThe Garden City Telegram m saturday september 5, 2015 a3 Region & state Stephanie Bogner Assoc. Broker owner for real estate help Call me 272 3209 1805 e. Mary St. 620 275 7440 229504 2.39 2.24 2.30 by Michael Maresh Maresh a Telegram. Com the recent rash of officers being shot and killed across the nation has not gone unnoticed by local Law enforcement agencies but these incidents have not changed How they do their jobs. Eight Law enforcement officers were shot and killed in the u. S. In the last month and four in 10 Days according to the National Law enforcement officers memorial fund which tracks officers deaths so their names can be enshrined on a Washington d. C., memorial. Among the deaths Are Fox Lake ill., police it. Charles Joseph Giniewicz who was shot and killed tuesday by three assailants and Houston officer Darren Goforth who was shot and killed aug. 28 while putting fuel into his car. Law enforcement officials from the Garden City police department Finney county sheriffs office and the Kansas Highway patrol say the dangers come with the profession. Khz trooper Michael Rainey said he is sure troopers Are being More cautious when making a traffic Stop or doing anything else associated with their jobs. We have been telling our troopers to be Safe and to watch out for each other he said. We Are watching our backs and taking care of each other. Not one trooper has expressed concerns about his or her safety in the Garden City office he said. Troopers know the dangers they face Are a part of the Job and Are trained in the Academy to be vigilant Rainey said. No amount of training would be enough to prepare for a person who wants to Hurt or shoot a police officer because it is unexpected he added. You dont expect things like this to happen he said. We should be on the Lookout for danger even when we go Home. Anytime a trooper feels the need for backup it will come even if it takes a while for other Law enforcement officers to arrive. Rainey said Cpd officers and deputies from the Finney county sheriffs office provide assistance. We have been calling for backups before the shootings Rainey said. We should always be watching out for things that Are around us. Troopers sometimes patrol in isolated Rural areas so they May need to wait for a backup officer to arrive. It May take them some time to get out there Rainey said. He also said troopers make judgment Calls about whether to ask for backup or to proceed on their own. Garden City police capt. Randy Ralston said the recent killings of police officers is a concern to All Law enforcement agencies. Officer assaults Are on the Rise and have been for some time now Ralston said. We As a department continuously train and teach officer safety and make this a no. 1 priority to keep the police and our Community Safe. Unfortunately there Are people who want to harm police Ralston said. We As the police dont know Peoples intentions. And during the Brief Contact or Stop until we can determine the intentions of that person we Are going to act cautiously to ensure we go Home to our families every Day Ralston wrote in an email. Finney county sheriff Kevin Bascue agreed Law enforcement officers must be cautious. All officers Are trained to be cautious and aware of their surroundings Bascue said. Recent events have just heightened that caution and awareness. Bascue a snot needed to Tell his deputies that because they Are trained to be cautious and aware of their surroundings at the state police Academy. He said his deputies Are Well aware of recent reports of officers being shot. They have been talking amongst themselves about recent events around the country and it has heightened their awareness Bascue said. Officers always vigilant James m. Dobson Telegram right Kansas Highway patrol trooper Jason Zeigler performs a sobriety test on a Driver during a dui checkpoint in july on Mary Street. More than 30 Law enforcement officials including Garden City police state Highway patrol and alcohol beverage control officers participated in the checkpoint. Brad Nading Telegram top Garden City police department to Trevor Winter enters information into a computer in a patrol car in june during his shift work for the Day. Law enforcement Well aware of recent shootings of fellow officers in the u. S. By the Telegram due to mondays labor Day Holiday the Finney county commission will meet at 8 30 a. M. Tuesday at the county administrative Center 311 n. Ninth St. On tuesday the commission will review a Resolution regarding at Large dogs in the county something that has been discussed since late last year. Other items on the Agenda include a final design agreement for Lake Road Bridge replacement project a report from Finney county emergency medical services a review of state budget cuts for youth services and a discussion of priority based and open budgeting systems. County to review a Large dog Resolution by Andy Marso Khi news service the Kansas department for aging and disability services is reviewing a waiting list for developmental disability services after counties reported discrepancies Between How Many residents they have waiting and How Many Are on the states list. There Are More than 3,000 kansans with intellectual and developmental disabilities i do on the dads waiting list for medicaid covered support services meant to allow them to remain in their Homes and communities rather than live in institutions. Officials from Johnson county and Sedgwick county said that they know of More than 150 residents total missing from the states i do waiting list. Angela de Rocha a spokeswoman for dads said the Agency is aware of the concerns. I understand some of these groups have questions about the accuracy of the current waiting list so we Are looking into it de Rocha said. De Rocha said Greg Wintle i do program manager for dads is leading the investigation. Kansans with disabilities seeking the medicaid waiver services first apply with their local Community developmental disabilities organization Eddo. The Eddo assesses them to determine if they Are eligible based on their ability to perform daily tasks. Before the state privatized medicaid services through Kan care a system of three managed care organizations the cd Dos maintained the waiting list. Now the cd Dos turn the names of new applicants Over to dads. The state Agency manages the list and sends names to the managed care organizations to coordinate services As slots become available. Computer system glitches tim Wood is director of the Johnson county Eddo. He previously worked for the nonprofit disability rights Center of Kansas on a Campaign to fully fund the waiting list. Wood was alerted to the waiting list Issue when a care coordinator with one of the managed care organizations told a family whose children had been screened and found eligible for services by the Eddo that their names were not on the states waiting list. Woods office double checked its records versus the states records and found that the childrens names showed up at the county level but not on the states official list. Woods office checked its records Back to february 2014, which is when the disability services were incorporated into Kan care. Then he checked the states list. He found 107 Johnson county names missing. Dee Staudt director of the Sedgwick county Eddo said her organization found 56 names missing when it did a similar Check. Both Wood and Staudt speculated that the discrepancies could be due to glitches in a dads computer program called the Kansas aging management information system or Kamis. When the medicaid waiver services were transferred to Kan care the waiting list data was migrated from a different program called basis which was operated by the cd Dos. That process has been fraught with problems Wood and Staudt said. Since the data migration from basis to Kamis it has been difficult because the information does not seem to be accurate Staudt said. But i cant say thatus the whole reason for the difference. I just cant say for sure. De Rocha said there could be other reasons for some of the names not appearing on the states list. For example in the time Between when the state offers people on the waiting list services and when they actually begin receiving services they Are in a sort of statistical limbo. But she said dads also is investigating concerns about the data migration. There could be problems with our record keeping systems de Rocha said. Calls for verification delay Tom Laing is executive director of inter Hab a Topeka based advocacy group that represents cd Dos and others who provide services for kansans with developmental disabilities. Laing said his organization is contacting cd Dos statewide to try to get a total count of names missing from the states i do waiting list. In the meantime he Wood and Staudt All said they would like dads to delay plans to begin culling the waiting list through a verification process in which the Agency attempts to Contact people on the list and determine if they still live in the state need services and Are eligible for services. How do you verify using a database where the information is flawed Laing said. They certainly go Forward on verification until they get this fixed. A devastating feeling now some Are learning that loved ones with developmental disabilities who they thought were in line for services Are not. For one person who May have been waiting for seven years to find out their name is not on the list thatus a devastating feeling Laing said. Overland Park resident Willisa Washington left Learned this year that her 12 year old daughter Romey Auna was among those whose names Are not on the states i do waiting list. Willisa Washington thought her daughter was on the list earlier this year. Then Wood called and let her know that 12 year old Romey Auna was among those whose names Are not on the states i do list. Washington said it was a helpless feeling especially after navigating the bureaucracy to try to get her daughter on the list in the first place. Its very frustrating because its my daughters care said Washington of Overland Park. Its her life. When you Start Down this journey you have no idea what you re up against. I had no idea. I just want my daughter to be taken care of. Washington said Romey Auna is non verbal has Little Fine motor skill and has the mental capacity of a 3 or 4 year old. She needs help eating bathing dressing and using the bathroom. Services waiting list discrepancy investigated Courtesy photo Overland Park resident Willisa Washington left Learned this year that her 12 year old daughter Romey Auna was among those whose names Are not on the states i do waiting list. Roundup Brief

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