The Southeast Kansas Independent Living Resource Center Inc., based in Parsons, will be closing its Woodson County SKIL Office, located at 119 W. Butler in Yates Center on Dec. 31. SKIL is focused on people with disabilities, their families and communities and provides advocacy, education and services to break down barriers and bridge social gaps, its website said.
SKIL Chief Executive Officer Shari Coatney said this action is being taken in response to changes brought about by KanCare, which is being implemented by the state of Kansas, a news release said.
SKIL, which has some clients in Bourbon County, is the sister agency of Resource Center for Living, which also offers programs and services for people with disabilities. RCIL announced in July 2011 that it would not renew the lease on its Fort Scott office.
Dave Sorrick director of development and special projects in Parsons, said the impact for his agency is that it will not be offering counseling any more under the new state Medicaid system. In Yates Center, this impacts three people -- one is being moved to the Parsons office, another took a position with one of the managed care companies and a third is being laid off.
"We employed about 33 people statewide as counselors. One of those persons was in the Yates Center office. It's a significant change to our business model. We probably have 165 agency employees, not counting direct service workers who work in people's homes," Sorrick said.
He added that any job loss in a small town in Kansas is significant.
SKIL last year served 7,100 customers, 4,000-5,000 of whom were in Crawford, Labette, Neosho and Montgomery counties.