BPU’s Financial Reporting Recognized Nationally for the 35th Consecutive Year

The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been once again awarded to the Kansas City Board of Public Utilities (BPU) by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR). The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by the utility and its management.

The award was presented to Lori Austin, Manager of Accounting and Finance and Chief Financial Officer of BPU, and her entire department.
Judged by an impartial panel of experts, the utility’s CAFR demonstrated a “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate its financial story and met the highest standards of this program. This is the 35th year in a row BPU has received this distinguished recognition.

The GFOA is a nonprofit professional association serving approximately 17,500 government finance professionals with offices in Chicago, IL, and Washington, D.C.


KCK Public Schools Community Teacher Academy

The Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools (KCKPS) is in the early process of developing a Community Teacher Academy. The Community Teacher Academy will allow community members to learn about 21st-century teaching and learning, practice teaching skills themselves, and understand the departments and staff that support our goal of having each student exit high school, prepared for college and careers in a global society. This program is inspired by the work of the KCKPD and Sheriff Department in their Citizen Academies.

In order to develop the Academy, our friends at KCKPS have created a short survey which will help them better understand the needs of the community. If you would like to be contacted when the first class time and day is set, be sure to leave your name and contact information in the last part of the survey.


Families in Recovery: What I Can Do to Support My Recovering Child?

Addiction is a complex and complicated disease which affects more than just the addict or substance user, often it affects their family and community. Recovery is possible for everyone involved and being a positive healthy supporter is an important part of the puzzle.

After attending this program, the participant will be able to:

  • Identify how addiction is a disease
  • Describe how to support a person in recovery
  • Discuss what not to do when supporting a person in recovery
  • Explain ways to support themselves as parents and persons in the recovery journey

Who Should Attend: This workshop is designed for families and persons in recovery. The community and professionals are welcome to attend.

Continuing Education: Certificate of Attendance (1.5 CEU’s).

Speaker: Leah D. Burnison, MA, Licensed Clinical Addiction Counselor is an Integrated Substance Use Disorder Counselor at Health Partnership Clinic and the Clinic’s Center for Recovery. She has worked with youth for 8 years, 4.5 of those years in inpatient adolescent chemical dependency treatment. She enjoys helping clients and families see and build hope and resiliency in Recovery. Leah hopes to one day work towards including animals, particularly horses, into her work with clients and families.

Location: First Christian Church Pleasant Hill, 519 Cedar Street, Pleasant Hill, MO 64080

Registration: Workshop is $10.00
Pre-register only. To obtain a registration form, Contact Stacy Davis or visit www.mhah.org. If you have any questions and/or need translation or other accommodation, please contact Stacy Davis at by email or (913) 281-2221 ext. 112. Registration deadline is March 18, 2017.

Presented by Mental Health America of the Heartland


From Fragment to Fusion: Understanding Dissociative Identity Disorder

The goal of this workshop is to demystify a greatly misunderstood and baffling disorder that has captured the public imagination and resulted in unwanted attention by the entertainment industry and disproportionate levels of scrutiny from within the psychiatric community, all of which has led to hesitation to diagnose these patients, and incoherent treatment planning once they are discovered. This workshop will help make sense of the patient experience and lay the groundwork for treating these admittedly challenging patients.

After attending this program, the participant will be able to:

  • Discuss the components of dissociation that unite to produce Dissociative Identity Disorder(DID) and some of the theories regarding the origination of Dissociative Identity Disorder
  • Assess for Dissociative Identity Disorder, understanding how DID can be misdiagnosed, and recognizing Imitative or Factitious DID
  • Discuss treatment options for this disorder, challenges inherent to this population, and how to address some of these challenges in session including one method of engaging a patient with DID in a process of internal compression

Who Should Attend: This professional continuing education workshop is designed for social workers, psychologists, therapists, counselors and other mental health professionals, and healthcare workers.

Continuing Education: Certificate of Attendance (3.0 CEU’s).

Speaker: Megan Foster is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Missouri and a Licensed Master of Social Work in the state of Kansas. She is currently the Clinical Trauma Services Coordinator for the Trauma Unit at Two Rivers Behavioral Health and has worked with survivors of trauma for most of her clinical career. Ms. Foster specializes in working with clients who have complex presentations of PTSD, dissociative disorders, and/or personality disorders and has spent most of her inpatient and outpatient career treating these types of patients.

Ms. Foster has a Bachelor of Social Work from University of Central Missouri and a Master of Social Work from University of Kansas. She is certified in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing). She has a Certification in Master of Forensic Social Work. She has a lifetime of commitment, not only to broadening her own knowledge base, but to sharing that training with others, in order to provide service to her community.

When: February 3, 2017

Location: Children’s Campus of Kansas City, 444 Minnesota Ave Kansas City, KS 66101

Registration: Workshop is $35.00.
Pre-register only. To obtain a registration form, Contact Stacy Davis or visit www.mhah.org. If you have any questions and/or need translation or other accommodation, please contact Stacy Davis at by email or (913) 281-2221 ext. 112. Registration deadline extended to February 2, 2017.

Presented by Mental Health America of the Heartland


Understanding Medication Assisted Treatment and Its Role in Substance Use Disorders Treatment

Overview: This workshop will provide an overview of the role that Medication Assisted Treatments play in the recovery process and specifically its use in combating the current Opioid Addiction crisis.

After attending this continuing education workshop, the participant will:

  • Gain an understanding of the current opioid crisis in the United States
  • Understand the current Medication Assisted Therapies and their use
  • Learn about the delivery of services at an Opioid Treatment Program

Who Should Attend: This professional continuing education workshop is designed for social workers, psychologists, therapists, counselors and other mental health professionals, and health care workers.

Speakers:

  • Marsha Page-White is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker working as the Clinical Director of Substance Use Disorders for ReDiscover. Marsha received her master’s degree in social work from the University of Kansas in 1994. She has worked in the addiction field for the past 23 years and currently oversees 4 Substance Use Disorders clinics and 2 Opioid Treatment Program clinics.
  • Scott Wheeler is a Licensed Addiction Counselor and a Certified Reciprocal Alcohol Drug Counselor currently working as the Program Manager for ReDiscover’s Treatment Options Program (TOP), one of ReDiscover’s Opioid Treatment Programs. Scott has been working in the opioid addiction field for the past 5 years and has previous experience working in detox and residential settings.

When: March 24, 2017, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Location: Evangel Church, 1414 E. 103rd Street Kansas City, MO 64131

Continuing Education: 3.0 CEU’s (Certificate of Attendance)

Registration: $35.00; Please register by March 16, 2017. To obtain a registration form, Contact Stacy Davis or visit www.mhah.org. If you have any questions and/or need translation or other accommodation, please contact Stacy Davis at by email or (913) 281-2221 ext. 112 .

Presented by Mental Health America of the Heartland.


Intersection of Domestic Violence & Substance Abuse Treatment Techniques That Work

This workshop will enhance understanding of the relationship between domestic violence and substance abuse. Current research, treatment techniques, and barriers to trauma-informed care will be shared.

After attending this program, the participant will be able to:

  • Understand the evidence-based connection between domestic violence and substance use and its implications.
  • Recognize personal bias to better serve clients experiencing domestic violence and substance use.
  • Identify treatment techniques that can be utilized with clients.

Who Should Attend: This professional continuing education workshop is designed for social workers, psychologists, therapists, counselors and other mental health professionals, and healthcare workers.

Continuing Education: Certificate of Attendance (2.0 CEU’s).

Location: Children’s Campus of Kansas City, 444 Minnesota Ave Kansas City, KS 66101

Speakers:

  • Michelle Staab, LBSW is the Healthcare Advocate at SAFEHOME, the domestic violence service provider for Johnson and Miami County. Michelle received her degree from Fort Hays State University and has background working in adoption, education, and childcare. Michelle believes strongly in the value of networking and the importance of multi-service connections for clients in need.
  • Kelsey Rose is the Community and Youth Educator at SAFEHOME. She spends part of her time presenting SAFEHOME Health Relationship Curriculum in area schools. Beyond school-based education, she trains civic, social, business, and religious organizations on the dynamics of domestic violence. Kelsey has previously led relationship violence prevention classes at a substance use treatment center.

Registration: Workshop is $20.00.

Pre-register only. To obtain a registration form, Contact Stacy Davis or visit www.mhah.org. If you have any questions and/or need translation or other accommodation, please contact Stacy Davis at by email or (913) 281-2221 ext. 112 at least 5 days prior to the workshop. Registration deadline is February 19, 2017.

Sponsored by Mental Health America of the Heartland.


Newsletter Feature from Dave – January 23, 2017

Hello friends,

From everyone at DTSKCK, we hope the first bit of your New Year is off to a great start. Chuck’s regular feature will return on February 6. Until then, we draw your attention to the wide variety of events taking place Downtown and throughout Wyandotte County; resources for small business; and the new DID Banners going up this spring.

New events find a home in our Community Calendar on a regular basis, and while there’s still plenty of room to feature your gathering, it’s certainly filling up quickly. From coffees, cocktails, and networking, to public meetings and family-friendly fun, our calendar has something of interest for everyone. We invite you to spend a few minutes checking it out.

On that note, we recently postponed our first In The Know Luncheon of the year out of concern for the safety of attendees. Fortunately, WyCo avoided the brunt of Ice-Mageddon 2017, but travel remained hazardous nonetheless. Our many thanks to the Unified Government’s Public Works team for their quick response and effort.

The new date for our luncheon is February 10, 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM at the Board of Public Utilities. Our guests will cover Wyandotte County’s new Open Data Portal, its use, and what it means for you and your small business. Luncheon cost is $20.00. To learn more about our featured speakers and RSVP, visit the event’s registration page.

Speaking of small business, DTSKCK remains committed to providing small business owners in Downtown with assistance in a variety of areas. Our research indicates small business owners and entrepreneurs need help with “gap-filling,” and that’s exactly what our grant program is designed to accommodate. Of course, you don’t have to take our word for it. Reach out to some of our recent awardees and ask them yourself: Kansas City Cupcake Co., Indios Carbonsitos, LED2 Lighting, and CD2 Alterations.

If you’re not necessarily in the market for free money, we encourage you to check out our blog. Every month, we publish an article with links to no-cost continuing education courses relevant to business management and entrepreneurship. This month’s topics include a Facebook Live Q&A about financing options, low-cost ways to test a business model, audience targeting, and marketing ideas.

As a final note, we remind you that the Downtown Improvement District will replace the aging banners on light poles around Downtown this spring. We are currently collecting nominations and photographs on behalf of the DID Advisory Board. You should consider nominating yourself or a notable friend to be featured. To learn more about this program, see example banners, and obtain a copy of the consent form, click here.

As always, we welcome you to come be a part of everyone’s Downtown.

Sincerely,

 

 

Dave Reno
Outreach Communications Consultant | Downtown Shareholders of Kansas City, Kansas
726 Armstrong Avenue, Suite 201
Kansas City, KS 66101-2710
Office: (913) 371-0705
E-Mail: Outreach@nullDowntownKCK.org


Transforming KCK: A bold plan for improving the look of our city

I am proud to announce that the UG is rolling out an aggressive new plan to improve the city’s appearance. In the process, we will make KCK not only a more attractive city, but a safer, healthier and more desirable place to live.

Earlier this month, UG staff from more than a dozen departments launched an initiative that will allow us to make more strategic decisions about how, when and where to best eliminate the city’s blighted structures and properties. Called SOAR (Stabilization, Occupation, and Revitalization), the goal of the initiative is to improve 10,000 properties by 2021.

At the January 5 Commission meeting, staff reviewed the plans for this makeover. You can watch it here. As you’ll see, the steps we will take to make KCK more attractive go well beyond simply finding a blighted structure and tearing it down. They involve reducing the backlog of delinquent taxpayers, whose properties are often blighted, vacant, or unfit for habitation. They involve educating property owners about our codes, creating a database to track and manage vacant properties, and establishing a committee to prioritize unfit structures for demolition.

Of course, reaching that goal will take time, just as it took time for this large number of properties to fall into disrepair. From 1970 to 2000 we had a net loss in population of 30,000 people, which equates to about 10,000 empty homes, which has led to 6,000 vacant lots and thousands of distressed properties. The good news is that since 2010, we have had the first net gain in population in 50 years! We must build upon this positive momentum to improve the remaining blighted structures and lots.

As long as we keep our eyes fixed on the goals set forth by the SOAR initiative, I am confident that our efforts will bear fruit and give all of our residents a reason to feel proud about where they live.

– Mark Holland


Newly Created Advisory Commission on Human Relations and Disability Issues

Uified Government LogoThe Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas Department of Human Services is pleased to announce the establishment of a Commission on Human Relations and Disability Issues for Wyandotte County.

This new, all-inclusive commission will strive to develop programming that promotes good will, fosters mutual understanding, and encourages respectful and harmonious relations; and discourages prejudice, intolerance, bigotry, disorder, and discriminating practices against individuals and groups in areas including, but not limited to; race, gender, sexual preference or orientation, disability, ethnicity, religion, color, language, national origin, ancestry, or familial or socio-economic status. Having a volunteer organization of diverse community members charged with examining intergroup relations and promoting opportunities to bring people together can benefit our county’s cohesiveness and harmony.

The Department of Human Services is seeking volunteers from the community to step up and be willing to put their time and talent towards this vital community endeavor. Applications are being accepted through February 24th, 2017. The application is available online on the Human Services website https://www.wycokck.org/humanservices under the Human Relations link or can be requested by phone or email by calling (91) 573-5502 or email at humanservices@nullwycokck.org.

To volunteer to serve on this commission, please fill out the application and submit it to Human Services by email at humanservices@nullwycokck.org or by post at 701 N. 7th Street, Room 346, Kansas City, KS 66101 or by fax to (913) 573-5511. Questions can be directed to Sara Toms by email or phone at (913) 573-5504.

The Commission on Human Relations and Disability Issues shall be comprised of thirteen (13) members, all of whom must be residents of Wyandotte County, and the members shall participate in monthly meetings on the second Thursday of each month at 6 PM. Applications will be reviewed by the Unified Government Board of County Commissioners, the Mayor of Bonner Springs, and the Mayor of Edwardsville who shall appoint their respective members in accordance with the terms and requirements of the ordinance (Sec. 18-22).


Kansas City, Kansas Public Library brings Matt de la Peña’s Last Stop on Market Street to life

KCKPL LogoThe magic of children’s author Matt de la Peña’s Newbery award-winning Last Stop on Market comes to life in a video released by the Kansas City, Kansas Public Library (KCKPL). The video features Mr. de la Peña reading his book to a group of children from Quindaro Elementary while riding a RideKC bus. As he reads, actors from KC MeltingPot Theatre and Arrowhead Middle School portraying the book characters board the bus for a live-action depiction of the story.

This video, filmed on September 16, 2016, was part of KCKPL’s Stories on the Bus program and Library in the Park celebration. Stories on the Bus was conceived by KCKPL as a way to use stories to connect the community through surprise pop up storytimes on RideKC busses. The Last Stop on Market Street live-action storytime was the culmination of the series.

“Last Stop on Market Street teaches us what it means to open our minds and our hearts to perceive the world around us as what it can be, not just as it is, and to be a better witness for what’s beautiful,” Outreach Librarian Louisa Whitfield-Smith said. “Filming the video was a really exciting opportunity to do something with a sense of wonder and fun for the awesome kids in our community.”  “One of the coolest parts of today is that I got to watch the book come to life. I love reading my books to kids because I feel like it’s one thing to read a book; it’s another thing to get the music of the text,” said author Matt de la Peña. “That’s kind of the dream of any author.”

The storytime and video are the result of a collaboration between KCKPL and RideKC.

“RideKC was honored to take part in this project with the Kansas City, Kansas Public Library,” said Public Affairs Manager Bridget Moss. “In Matt de la Peña’s Last Stop on Market Street, a boy learns to see the beauty and magic in the ordinary world. Riding the bus becomes a way to experience more of life, not less. KCKPL found a creative way to reach out to citizens, young and old, through this live performance of Last Stop on Market, and through the surprise storytimes over the summer.”

It was filmed and edited by Eric Smith of Majestic Rhinos, Andrew Thomas of No City Films, and J.R. Caines of Caines Design.
The video is available on the library’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.

About Kansas City, Kansas Public Library
Kansas City, Kansas Public Library was formed in 1895. In 1899, it came under the authority of the Kansas City, Kansas Public School District Board of Education and remains there today. It serves a population of 159,129. The mission of Kansas City, Kansas Public Library is to connect members of a dynamic community with information, tools, resources, and welcoming spaces to enrich lives in Wyandotte County. The library can be found online at kckpl.org

About Kansas City Area Transportation Authority
The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority is dedicated to connecting people to opportunities throughout the Greater Kansas City metropolitan region. Created in 1965 through special state legislative action in both Missouri and Kansas, the KCATA today operates a fleet of more than 270 buses providing more than 54,000 customer trips per weekday.