Kingsway Adult Program Update
Tom Petty once beautifully wrote, “The waiting is the hardest part.” For myself, I have to continue to remind myself of this as gaining the necessary approvals to operate a program unfortunately takes time. I have always considered myself a “program person,” meaning I derive my energy and motivation from the hustle and bustle of an active and vibrant program. For a program person, there is no greater professional fulfillment than that which comes from seeing joy on the faces of the people we serve. On the other hand, being in a place where we are waiting for the necessary approvals to open a program is an exercise in personal and professional patience. I think I speak for all of us when I say, the wait has been excruciating.
To provide a quick glance behind the curtain, here is where we currently sit with those approvals. In March, Kingsway submitted an application for a Provisional Day Habilitation Certification, a three step process. Leading up to the submission of the application, Kingsway staff were hard at work putting together the necessary information for the application, including developing a Policy and Procedure Manual for the adult program. Step two in the process requires Kingsway to participate in an agency interview with the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD). This meeting took place in early May and went very well. Then, finally we get to step three, the facility review. We just completed this step and received our “thumbs up!”
Next we move on to the necessary evil of securing our funding stream by becoming a Medicaid approved provider of services. As I write this article, the Medicaid application is almost complete and will be ready by the time we receive our provisional certification.
While waiting for the approvals to roll in, other projects have been taken on, to ensure that Kingsway is ready to provide premier services from the moment we open the doors. These projects include developing DDD approved staff trainings, identifying staff and program leadership, and program planning. We have also begun interviewing interested candidates both inside and outside of the Kingsway community to serve in various program roles.
There is still work to be done to prepare us for the opening of the program, but the strides made in the past couple of months have been huge. The most difficult aspect of opening is, for the most part, behind us. As we enter the final stages of the approval process, we will continue to work to ensure that, from a program standpoint, we are ready to provide the high quality of service you all have come to know and expect from a Kingsway program.
Questions about our Adult Program? Contact Jason Bintliff at firstname.lastname@example.org.