Kansas public assistance.

The state of Kansas administers a number of public assistance programs. Information and a summary of the resources and services are below. Priority for financial and emergency assistance is usually provided to families with children, seniors, and the disabled. Find more information on the public programs below. The Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services in the leading government agency to call.

Kansas Cash Assistance, which is also called Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, may be able to help low income adults and children pay for basic needs and bills. However a main focus of the program is on ensuring people get self-sufficient, which includes job training, finding a job, and similar activities. Case managers can also help with resume review, career counseling, job training, providing support services for work, education, and other work activities. A real focus is on helping low income families and individuals acquire new skills so they can increase their income and build on their current abilities, and also keep children in their homes.

In order to receive cash assistance from this public resource, a family must be expecting a child, have someone that is pregnant, or the family needs to have at least one child in the home that is already under the age of 18. The child may live with a relative or parent or they can even live with a person named by a court to take care of the child, such as a custodian, guardian, or conservator. The family who is applying for grants or cash assistance must also have few resources or meet low income thresholds.

Early Head Start in Kansas is paid for by public and federal government funds. The service is a comprehensive early childhood development program for children who are four years of age or younger. In addition, pregnant women may also qualify for services from Head Start. Some of the aid offered to residents in Kansas include services for children with disabilities, developmental screenings, social services, mental and physical health, nutrition, food, and more.

Parents can also benefit from the Kansas Early Head Start program. The service can provide job seeking and retention services for parents, weekly home visits, parent education, community involvement in early learning, literacy activities and more. Some forms of child/day care can also be covered, such as offering child care on a limited basis, supplies for child care partners, and assessment of child care settings.




Child Care Costs - Get financial help in paying for child care costs and expenses through the child care subsidy program which is administered by Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services. The assistance program helps working poor and low income families who receive temporary cash assistance, support is offered for low-income and working families, services are available for some families and teen parents completing high school or GED, and child care can be paid for if the parent is in education or job training activities. Learn more.

Employment Work Programs – Families in Kansas who receive Temporary Assistance for Families (TANF) can get help in both finding and keeping a job. The individual will be able to work with their TANF case manager, and qualified adults will receive access to services and resources that can be used to prepare them for employment. Some of these job training programs and employment services may continue for up to a year after cash assistance ends, and participants must participate in work program activities to remain eligible for TANF cash benefits.  Some exceptions can be made in a small number of situations or circumstances.

Food Benefits Assistance – Families and people with little or no income can get help in buying nutritious food. The program provides vouchers and benefits to qualified families and individuals, and public assistance can be used to buy food and groceries from local grocery stores or supermarkets. Monthly cash assistance and benefits are provided on a state issued Vision card, which is very similar to a credit or debit card. That card is what participants need to use to pay for and acquire their food. Free groceries and food is given and prioritized to persons with disabilities, those who are age 60 and older, the low income, unemployed, and children.

Medical benefits are provided as part of the Kansas General Assistance Program for persons who are disabled. The program serves those who do not qualify for other state or federal programs. It is a short-term public assistance program, and at most someone can receive assistance for up to 24 months. The person must apply for federal government Social Security disability benefits to be eligible for aid. An applicant needs to have few resources and limited income for general assistance.





Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) - Qualified households can get help with paying a portion of their home energy and utility bills by providing a one-time per year cash assistance or grant benefit. It is funded by federal government and public funds, however low income families and seniors in Kansas can apply for LIHEAP. Emergency assistance can be paid out as well to help prevent a disconnection of utilities.

Kansas Health Policy Authority (KHPA) – Can provide individuals help with purchasing insurance and other medical services, with a focus on the elderly, children, pregnant women, and people with disabilities. Many of the medical assistance programs are offered in partnership with the state-funded MediKan program, public programs like Medicaid, and also the State Children’s Health Insurance Program.

Medicaid is a federal-state program that provides health and long-term care services to people with low-incomes. All states currently participate in the Medicaid program and federal matching funds are available for the costs of these services. KHPA is directly responsible for the purchase of health care services funded through the Medicaid program, while the Department on Aging and the Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services are responsible for administering long-term care services and mental health services.

Medical Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities and Seniors is also offered by resources run by the Kansas Department on Aging, Social and Rehabilitation Services (SRS). This statewide program is responsible for administering long-term mental health services as well as care services. Individuals who meet age guidelines or with disabilities may qualify for public assistance and care in one of these categories.

Food Banks and Soup Kitchens are run by the Kansas Social and Rehabilitation Services. The program gives groceries, food, and surplus items to many charitable institutions, including community food pantries and soup kitchens. The food is distributed through community organizations across Kansas, like the Salvation Army and your local community action agency.




Working Healthy offers public medical care from Medicaid and other insurance programs. Aid is offered for people with disabilities who want to work but worry that by actually holding a job that could jeopardize their vital long term care coverage and health insurance.

Dial the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services at 1-888-369-4777 for information on cash and public assistance programs and services.

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By Jon McNamara

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