Legislative Updates

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When a family experiences a crisis, KVC Kansas provides vital services to help them overcome adversity and thrive. We work with state legislators and the Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF) in two important ways. As a:

  • Foster Care Case Management Provider – KVC Kansas is the state’s foster care case management provider in 11 counties in Northeast Kansas: Johnson, Douglas, Shawnee, Jefferson, Wabaunsee, Jackson, Pottawatomie, Marshall, Nemaha, Brown & Doniphan. This means we are responsible for appx. 1,700 children in foster care each day. This grant also includes family reunification services and adoption services for children who are not able to return home.
  • Licensed Child Placing Agency – Separate from the foster care case management grant, we are a licensed child placing agency. This means we have recruited and support nearly 900 Kansas foster families caring for children in crisis.
  • We also offer many other services (learn more about KVC Kansas here) and our sister organization, KVC Hospitals, provides children’s psychiatric treatment.

At KVC, we’re dedicated to constant improvement. Learn more on our “Strengthening the Kansas Child Welfare System” page here.


Past Legislative Updates

We send a monthly email to Kansas state legislators when they’re in session. Check out past updates:

Legislative Spotlight

During each month of the legislative session, we recognize the outstanding elected officials who are working to strengthen Kansas children and families.

February 2020 Spotlight: Rep. Monica Murnan

Rep. Monica MurnanThis month’s legislative spotlight will shine a light on the work of Representative Monica Murnan (D-Pittsburg) who represents District 3 in the Kansas House of Representatives.

Rep. Murnan is in her second term and serves as the Ranking Minority Member of the Health and Human Services Committee. In addition, Rep. Murnan serves on the Social Services Budget Committee, Rural Revitalization Committee and Joint Committee on Home and Community Based Services and KanCare Oversight. In 2019, she served on the Special Committee on Medicaid Expansion. Rep. Murnan supports policies that put children and families first, invest in education and allow access to health care.

In addition to her legislative duties, Rep. Murnan has built a career in Education Administration and currently serves as the Director of Student Support Services at the Southeast Kansas Education Service – Greenbush. She worked for 15 years as the Executive Director of the Family Resource Center focusing on early childhood education.

Rep. Murnan is a graduate of Pittsburg State University and has been married for 30 years to her husband, Rob. They have three daughters.

Thank you to Rep. Murnan for her hard work on behalf of her constituents and the state of Kansas.

For more information on Rep. Monica Murnan click here to visit her legislative profile.

January 2020 Spotlight: Rep. Megan Lynn

Kansas Rep Megan LynnWe’d like to shine a light on the work of Representative Megan Lynn (R-Olathe) who represents District 49 in the Kansas House of Representatives. Rep. Lynn is in her first term and serves on the Financial Institutions and Pensions Committee, Social Services Budget Committee and the Health and Human Services Committee. In 2019, she served on the Special Committee on Health. She is an advocate for strong local schools, fiscal accountability and a renewed focus on mental health.

Rep. Lynn has worked as a development biologist for eight years and currently serves as a Children’s Ministry Assistant at Olathe College Church of Nazarene. Rep. Lynn has been married for 15 years to her husband, Chad Lynn, and has three children.

Thank you to Rep. Lynn for her hard work on behalf of her constituents and the state of Kansas.


April 2019 Spotlight – Rep. Susan Concannon

This month’s legislative spotlight will shine a light on the work of Representative Susan Concannon (R-Beloit), who represents District 107 in the Kansas House of Representatives.

Rep. Concannon is in her fourth term and serves as Chair of the Children and Seniors Committee. She is also a member of the Joint Committee on Home and Community Based Services and KanCare Oversight Committee, Taxation Committee and the Appropriations Committee. She has focused her efforts in the Kansas House on issues such as rural revitalization, education and health care.

Rep. Concannon is a lifelong Kansas resident who has lived in Beloit for 25 years. She is the former executive director of a medical foundation in Mitchell County. Rep. Concannon has served on numerous boards and is a Bethany College graduate. She has three children, two grandchildren and has been married for 32 years to Dr. Craig Concannon.

Thank you to Rep. Concannon for her hard work on behalf of her constituents and the state of Kansas.

For more information on Rep. Concannon click here, or check out her legislative updates by going here.


March 2019 Spotlight: Rep. Will Carpenter

This month’s legislative spotlight will shine a light on the work of Representative Will Carpenter (R-El Dorado) who represents District 75 in the Kansas House of Representatives.

Rep. Carpenter is in his third term and serves as the Chair of the Social Services Budget Committee. He is also a member of the Joint Committee on Home and Community Based Services and KanCare Oversight Committee, Commerce, Labor and Economic Development Committee, and the Appropriations Committee.

Rep. Carpenter has focused his efforts in the Kansas House on issues such as economic development, energy independence, conservation and social services.

A small business owner and resident of El Dorado, Rep. Carpenter has been married for 29 years, and has three children and three grandchildren.

Thank you to Rep. Carpenter for his hard work on behalf of his constituents and the state of Kansas.

For more information on Rep. Will Carpenter, click here to visit his legislative profile.


February 2019 Spotlight: Rep. Jarrod Ousley

Jarrod Ousley KVC foster care family preservation child welfare legislative updatesThis month’s legislative spotlight will shine a light on the work of Representative Jarrod Ousley (D-Merriam, Mission, Overland Park) who represents District 24 in the Kansas House of Representatives.

Currently in his 3rd term, Rep. Ousley serves as the Ranking Member of the Children and Seniors Committee. He is also a member of the Local Government Committee and the Elections Committee. He is on the Joint Committee on Kansas Security and the Child Welfare System Task Force.

Rep. Ousley has focused his efforts in the Kansas House on legislation that helps children and families and on making sure the state has strong programs addressing child welfare.

Raised in Johnson County, Rep. Ousley resides in Merriam and owns a paint contracting company. He is married with three children.

Thank you to Rep. Jarrod Ousley for his hard work on behalf of his constituents, children and families throughout the state of Kansas.

For more information on Rep. Jarrod Ousley, click here.


January 2019 Spotlight: Newly Elected Legislators

Jason Hooper, President/CEO of KVC Health Systems; Rep. Megan Lynn; Rep. Mark Samsel; Chad Anderson of KVC Kansas and Chief Clinical Officer of our health system; and Rep. Dr. David Benson

Jason Hooper, President/CEO of KVC Health Systems; Rep. Megan Lynn; Rep. Mark Samsel; Chad Anderson, CCO of KVC; and Rep. Dr. David Benson

This month’s Legislative Spotlight highlights the newly elected legislators in both the Kansas House and Senate. We want to congratulate them on their success and look forward to working with them throughout their terms.

Recently, three of them stopped by KVC Kansas for a visit. We appreciated their thoughtful questions about how to strengthen child welfare and mental health services for children and families.

Good luck to all legislators this session, and thank you for your service and hard work on behalf of your constituents throughout the state of Kansas!


April 2018 Spotlight: Rep. Linda Gallagher

This month, we’d like to spotlight the work of Representative Linda Gallagher (R-Lenexa) who represents District 23 in the Kansas House of Representatives.

KS Rep Linda Gallagher KVC Kansas foster care child welfare legislative updatesRep. Gallagher is in her second term and serves on the Child Welfare System Task Force Committee,Transportation Committee, Social Services Budget Committee, Government, Technology and Security Committee and is Vice-Chair of the Children and Seniors Committee.

Thank you to Rep. Gallagher for her hard work on behalf of her constituents, children and families throughout the state of Kansas!  Click here to learn more about Rep. Linda Gallagher.


March 2018 Spotlight: Sen. Laura Kelly (Now Governor)

Gov Laura Kelly foster care child welfare kvcThis month’s legislative spotlight highlights the work of Senator Laura Kelly (D-Topeka), Senate Assistant Minority Leader, who represents District 18 in the Kansas Senate.

Sen. Kelly is in her fourth term and serves on the Child Welfare System Task Force and Social Services Subcommittee of the Ways and Means Committee. In addition, Sen. Kelly is active on both the Higher Education Subcommittee of the Ways and Means Committee, as well as the Health Subcommittee of the Ways and Means Committee. Sen. Kelly has been an active member of the Kansas Senate working to find solutions to problems that affect children, families and their communities.

Sen. Kelly earned her BS in Psychology at Bradley University and her MS in Therapeutic Recreation from Indiana University. Sen. Kelly and her husband Ted have been married for 34 years and have two adult daughters. Sen. Kelly served as the Executive Director of the Kansas Recreation and Parks Association for many years.

Thank you to Sen. Kelly for her hard work on behalf of her constituents and the citizens throughout the state of Kansas!  Click here to learn more about Sen. Laura Kelly.

 


February 2018 Spotlight: Sen. Vicki Schmidt

This month’s legislative spotlight shines a light on the work of Senator Vicki Schmidt (R-Topeka), Senate Assistant Majority Leader, who represents District 20 in the Kansas Senate. Sen. Schmidt is in legislative updatesher 4th term and serves as the Chair of the Child Welfare System Task Force Committee. She also Chairs Committees and Subcommittees revolving around Public Health, Welfare and Social Services. Sen. Schmidt is a pharmacist by trade and was born and raised in Wichita. She graduated from the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy and is married with two sons.

Thank you to Sen. Schmidt for her hard work on behalf of her constituents, children and families throughout the state of Kansas!
Click here to learn more about her.

 


January 2018 Spotlight: Child Welfare Task Force

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To kick things off, we’d like to introduce you to the Child Welfare Task Force. This group has put in many long hours and hard work throughout the time since the last regular session.

Thank you for helping to strengthen Kansas children and families!

Click here to learn more about each member.

 


 

If you have any questions or comments, we’d love to talk with you. Please contact Jenny Kutz who leads our Communications Team at (913) 322-4900. Learn more at kvckansas.org.