Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS) Secretary Kari Bruffett recently toured the Life Span Institute at Parsons’ offices during her September 17 visit to the Parsons State Hospital and Training Center campus. While on the tour, Secretary Bruffett was accompanied by Nikki Gilliland, Special Assistant to the Secretary; Dr. Jerry Rea, PSHTC Superintendent; Carolyn Martin and Dr. Mike Dixon, PSHTC staff; and Dr. David Lindeman, LSI/Parsons Director.
During a stop at the Parsons Research Building Dr. David Lindeman briefly explained the history of the University of Kansas’ program at Parsons and emphasized the scope of the work by principle investigators and staff. Comments focused on current research activities, early childhood training programs, assistive technology access and services, AgrAbility, and the Southeast Kansas Respite Services. Drs. Rea and Lindeman also described the history and success of the Family Care Treatment Project, a project that has been supported by KDADS.
Secretary Bruffett has ties to the University of Kansas having served eight years as a Governmental Affairs Liaison at the University of Kansas Medical Center prior to working at the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE).
The Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services is a cabinet level agency, employs 2,650 people and has a $1.6 billion dollar budget. KDADS is responsible for overseeing and administering Kansas’ Older American’s Act programs, behavioral health programs, home and community based services (HCBS) for older adults and persons with disabilities, the management and oversight of four state hospitals, survey and certification for adult care homes and the distribution of Medicaid long-term care payments.