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SEKRS named 2011 Business of the Year at Annual Awards Ceremony

Friday, February 11, 2011
Photo of Diane Salyers holding Eli Colvin with Laura Doyle-Colvin holding award

Diane Salyers, Respite Coordinator,
holds Eli Colvin while Laura Doyle-Colvin, Accounting
Specialist, holds the award.

Southeast Kansas Respite Services, Inc., was named 2011 Business of the Year by Tri-Valley Developmental Services at their Annual Awards Ceremony in Chanute, Kansas on January 19, 2011.

SEKRS is a collaborative program of the University of Kansas, area mental health centers, area community developmental disability centers, area agency on aging, Labette Community College and Parsons State Hospital and Training Center. SEKRS is well known for its five service programs.

  • Respite Care Services providers come into the home to give caregivers a break.
  • Coordinated Resource Support Services is a 24/7 emergency response system for individuals in crisis who have developmental disabilities and also have mental illness.
  • Administration of Grants: SEKRS, Inc. has been established as a 503(1)(c) corporation. As such, SEKRS, Inc., can administer grants for organizations who do not have the time, expertise or resources to have themselves established as a non-profit organization.
  • SEKRS also administers grants for organizations and manages the Homemaker Services Program.

The program that was key to this year's award is the Representative Payee Program that provides payee services for individuals who cannot manage their finances.

Diane Salyers, SEKRS program coordinator, says, "The Payee Program pays monthly bills and distributes discretionary spending money to individuals participating in this program. The credit for this award goes to Laura Doyle-Colvin for her expertise and attention to the people who count on us getting it right."

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