For Immediate Release
January 6, 2010

KDHE Office of Communications
communications@kdheks.gov, 785-296-0461

Town Hall Meetings Scheduled for Grant Project to help
Kansas Youth with Special Health Care Needs

As part of the "Systems in Sync" grant for Kansas' youth with special health care needs, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) will host eight regional town hall meetings in February. The purpose of the meetings is to gather feedback on the needs of youth with special health care needs, their families, and the professionals who work in the field, as well as provide information about the grant project.

Information gathered during the town hall meetings will provide project staff with decision tools to guide the grant project and important feedback for our state about the needs of each community.

Town Hall Meeting Schedule
All meetings begin at 5:30 p.m.

February 2 - Colby, Colby Community Building, 285 E. 5th St.
February 3 - Hays, Sternberg Museum, 3000 Sternberg Dr.
February 8 - Garden City, Center for Independent Living, 1802 E. Spruce St.
February 9 - Liberal, Liberal Memorial Library, 519 N. Kansas
February 15 - Wichita, Independent Living Resource Center, 3033 W. 2nd Street North
February 16 - Independence, SRS Center, 200 Arco Place
February 22 - Kansas City, KS, Roeland Park Community Center, 4850 Rosewood Dr.
February 24 - Topeka, Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library, 1515 SW 10th Ave.

"Systems in Sync" is a three-year grant awarded to KDHE's Children and Youth Special Health Care Needs in partnership with the University of Kansas Center on Developmental Disabilities. The objective of the grant is to ensure that Kansas' youth with special health care needs and their families receive culturally competent, uninterrupted, age-appropriate services that meet their needs and promote healthy, productive and independent adult lives.

For more information on the meetings, or if accommodations or translation services are needed to attend, please contact Heather Moore, Project Coordinator, at 785-296-4747 or by e-mail at hmoore@kdheks.gov.