Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Oh, Kentucky

Gov. Bevin's budget proposal for the next two years, per Monica Kast in WKU's College Heights Herald: 6.25-percent reduction in spending, no funding for 70 programs and fully funded state pension. "Something has to give, where does this money come from?"

In other news, ... FREDONIA!

Russellville's News-Democrat & Leader asked its readers to send in pictures of playing in the snow. "We had more than 230 submissions and they were all wonderful."

The Paducah Community Kitchen (and warming shelter) needs donations of winter clothing.

Mari-Alice Jasper in The Fort Campbell Courier reports on how the hippies in the Warrior Transition Batallion are badgering the rest of the base to recycle. "What's causing other units to not recycle is my question."

Kentucky's overall incarceration rate is up to ninth in the country--and No. 2 for women.


  1. At what point did we as a nation decide we never wanted to pay taxes?

  2. Welcome to the United States of Baby Boomers, baby.

  3. 2. "Farmer's Market Senior Porgram within the Department of Agriculture"

    Probably this:

    The purpose of the Kentucky Farmers' Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) is to gain market access for farmers as well as improving nutrition of low income families by providing them better access to fresh fruits and vegetables. Funding for Kentucky's program comes from federal and state resources. The Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) serves as the lead agency for Sr FMNP. The low-income seniors are provided with $28 in checks to purchase fresh, unprocessed, locally grown fruits, vegetables and herbs at State-approved farmers' markets.

    60 + at day of issuance
    Must provide proof of age
    Provide proof of income and meet the income criteria which is less than or equal to 185% of the poverty level
    60 Years of Age and Older Based on 185 % Federal Poverty Income Guidelines
    Household Size Annual Income Monthly Weekly
    1 $21,978 $1,832 $423
    2 $29,637 $2,470 $570
    3 $37,296 $3,108 $718
    4 $44,955 $3,747 $865
    5 $52,614 $4,385 $1,012
    6 $60,273 $5,023 $1,160
    7 $67,951 $5,663 $1,307
    8 $75,647 $6,304 $1,455
    For Each Additional
    Family Member Add $7,696 $642 $148

    ... Eligible foods means fresh, nutritious, unprepared, locally grown fruits, vegetables, and herbs for human consumption. Eligible foods may not be processed or prepared beyond their natural state except for usual harvesting and cleaning processes. Only fresh, unprocessed fruits, vegetables, and fresh-cut herbs may be provided under this program.

    Foods not eligible:
    Non-local, non-Kentucky-grown products are not eligible for purchase with FMNP coupons. Examples include citrus products such as oranges, mangoes, lemons, and limes; bananas, and pineapples. Medicinal Herbs and others such as aloe, lamb's ear, catnip, rue, white sage, lavender, echinacea, bee balm, chamomile, St Johnswort are not eligible for purchase with coupons. Meats, eggs, cheese, and home-processed goods are not allowed. Dried fruits or vegetables, such as prunes (dried plums), raisins (dried grapes), sun-dried tomatoes or dried chili peppers are not considered eligible foods. Potted fruit or vegetable plants, potted or dried herbs, wild rice, nuts of any kind (even raw), maple syrup, cider, and molasses are also not allowed.

    ... Market Requirements
    Only authorized farmers' markets may redeem Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP)checks. For a market to be an SFMNP market it must meet the following criteria:
    Criteria for a Market to Accept Farmers' Market Nutrition Program Vouchers
    The market must be an organized market. To be considered "organized" the market must have an established contact person/decisionmaker and meet at a named location on specified days and times.
    The market must be registered with the Kentucky Department of Agriculture and approved as a Kentucky Proud? member.
    The market must have fresh Kentucky-grown produce.
    The market must be an estabished market with at least one year of experience in operation.
    If a market meets the criteria above, then markets will be rated according to the following items:
    What is the poverty level in the county? (A higher poverty level will be weighted positively.)
    What is the history of the market season? (A longer season is weighted positively.)
    Is the number of participating farmers sufficient to provide an ample variety of eligible produce? (A higher number of farmers per capita is weighted positively.)
    Criteria used to authorize farmers
    Participating farmers in the program must:
    Be member of an approved farmers' market;
    Be a Kentucky grower
    Attend a training session each year;
    Accept checks for only for fruits and vegetables the farmers has produced in Kentucky; and
    Sign an agreement that they understand and agree to follow all the rules for participation in the FMNP program

  4. 3. "ARC of Kentucky"

    The Arc of Kentucky holds a vision of a positive future for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities; a future of communities with services and supports that will promote lives of value for Kentuckians with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Arc of Kentucky believes that individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities are contributing members of schools, work places, churches, synagogues, neighborhoods, and their communities. The Arc values services and supports that enhance the quality of life through interdependence, friendship, choice, and respect for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

    The Arc of Kentucky sees its Mission as:
    Advocating for the rights and full participation of all children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Together with our network of members and affiliated chapters, we improve systems of supports and services; connect families; inspire communities and influence community policy.
    The mission is accomplished primarily by its ability to enhance the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities through

    Advocacy (the process of presenting their needs to local, state and national governmental and organizational bodies),
    Education (informing such persons and their families of the programs and processes that they can use, and by raising awareness of the general population of the needs and abilities of such persons so that they will be accepted as individuals by the general public).
    Why Do We Exist?
    The Arc of Kentucky advocates for the rights of citizens with intellectual and developmental disabilities…

    to participate in and be included in all phases of community life,
    to make choices about and take control over their own lives to as large extent as possible – including where and with whom they will live and work in the community,
    by initiating and supporting local, state and national prevention efforts to reduce the incidence and limit the consequences of intellectual and developmental disabilities – through research, advocacy, education and family support, by providing leadership,
    pursuing quality and justice, and developing human and financial resources to reach the above goals.

  5. 4. Kentucky Lung Cancer Education Awareness Detection Survivorship Collaborative

    Kentucky LEADS Collaborative is dedicated to reducing the burden of lung cancer in Kentucky and beyond through development, evaluation, and dissemination of novel, community-based interventions to promote provider education, survivorship care, and prevention and early detection regarding lung cancer.

    ... The Kentucky LEADS Collaborative (LEADS = Lung Cancer Education, Awareness, Detection, and Survivorship) entails three key components and an administrative core, committed to reducing the burden of lung cancer in Kentucky.

    The first component, Provider Education, will be led by Connie Sorrell of the Kentucky Cancer Program West and Dr. Goetz Kloecker of the University of Louisville. The mission of this component will be to develop and evaluate a continuing education program for primary care providers regarding quality lung cancer care by highlighting evidence-based lung cancer diagnosis and treatment, but will also address evidence-based tobacco cessation, early detection, and survivorship efforts.

    The second component, Survivorship Care, will be led by Dr. Jamie Studts of the University of Kentucky. The aims of this component will be to develop and evaluate a lung cancer-specific survivorship program for individuals diagnosed with lung cancer as well as their caregivers. This component will also develop a training program to facilitate dissemination of the lung cancer survivorship care program that will target lung cancer navigators and mental health providers.

    The third component, Prevention and Early Detection, will be led by Drs. Timothy Mullett and Jennifer Redmond Knight at the University of Kentucky. The mission of this component will be to facilitate high-quality implementation of lung cancer screening throughout Kentucky and will also work to ensure the integration of shared decision making and evidence-based tobacco cessation interventions in lung cancer control efforts.

  6. Makes me think of the Simpsons where Skinner keeps saying "taxes."

    1. On the other hand, from the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy:

      The budget also increases funding in some targeted areas. Social workers from the state’s Department for Community Based Services (DCBS) have faced well-publicized challenges with high turnover and unmanageable caseloads. Divided among the Departments of Family and Community Services, Family Services and Aging and Independent Living, there is a $46 million increase across the biennium to hire new social workers. Additionally, the Department of Family and Community Services would receive a $25 million increase to provide badly needed raises for social workers in an effort to increase retention.

      The proposed budget also includes an increase of $5 million across the biennium to lift the moratorium on Kinship Care. This program supports relatives raising children who are removed from their parents’ custody, and enrollment has been frozen since 2013 due to lack of resources.

      The governor’s budget proposes additional funding for the criminal justice system. A big increase would go to the Department of Corrections — an additional $94 million in 2019 and $22 million more in 2020. These increases are primarily to address projected inmate population increases, the cost of operating private prisons and to cover costs that were previously paid for separately as Necessary Government Expenses (NGEs). It includes more than $4 million over the biennium from the Kentucky Law Enforcement Foundation Program (KLEFP) Fund for the Kentucky State Police to replace aging vehicles.

      Additional funds are also provided to the Department of Public Advocacy (DPA) and the Commonwealth’s and County’s Attorneys. The DPA receives a small amount of additional funding in 2018 and additional funds are provided over the biennium, with more than $12 million to support additional costs due to rising caseloads, and $2 million for the Alternative Sentencing Worker Program, which offers an alternative to incarceration for individuals who suffer from substance abuse and/or mental health disorders. Commonwealth’s Attorneys receive an additional $6 million and County’s Attorneys an additional $9 million over the biennium in order to add personnel to address increasing caseloads.

      The budget also increases monies set aside in the rainy day fund, providing $62 million in 2019, and an additional $184 million in 2020. When combined with the estimated ending balance for fiscal year of 2018 of $8 million, that leaves a balance at the end of 2020 of $254 million. This balance is 2.3 percent of the General Fund revenue estimate. A large part of the monies for the rainy day fund come from a $150 million fund transfer from the Permanent Pension Fund, which was established in the 2016-18 budget using a transfer of funds from the Kentucky Employees’ Health Plan.

  7. 7. Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program

    The Kentucky Women's Cancer Screening Program of the Department for Public Health provides breast and cervical screening and follow-up services, professional education, public education, outreach, quality assurance and surveillance. Screening and follow-up services are provided by local health care professionals through contracts with local health departments. The program is funded by both state and federal funds and is part of the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program. ...

    Breast cancer screening
    Prior to 1990, local health departments in Kentucky provided limited breast cancer screening services consisting of instruction on breast self-examination and counseling on risk factors for breast cancer. When new state funds became available in 1990, local health departments in all 120 counties expanded their services to include clinical breast exams, referrals for screening mammograms and referrals for follow-up diagnostic tests.
    In 2005, 12,799 women in Kentucky were screened through the Women's Cancer Screening Program.

    Cervical cancer screening
    Cervical cancer screening (Pap tests) have been provided through local health departments since the 1960s. Pelvic examinations and referrals for diagnostic tests are available to eligible women at local health departments in Kentucky.

    Income Eligibility
    The Kentucky Women's Cancer Screening Program provides low-cost mammograms and Pap tests through health departments in every county.
    Three factors are used to determine eligibility for breast cancer screening:
    uninsured (no private insurance, no Medicaid, no Medicare).
    Women age 40-64 who meet guidelines are eligible for screenings every year.
    Women younger than 40 are eligible to receive screening services if they have a family history of breast cancer.
    Low-cost annual Pap tests are provided to uninsured women with incomes at or less than 250 percent of the poverty level beginning three years after the onset of sexual activity or no older than 21 years of age.

  8. 8. Madison County Early Intervention Services

    Not finding information specific to this program with a simple Google search ... I would imagine it has to do with this stuff:

    Madison County Schools has placed an emphasis on early childhood education and kindergarten readiness. The following article, written by Kentucky Board of Education member Brigitte Blom Ramsey, discusses the importance of screening children as they enter kindergarten and the difference those screenings can make on a child’s academic success. This is an opinion I share as an advocate for early childhood education.

    Kindergarten Screening Vital to School Success
    For years, schools in Kentucky have recognized the value of screening children around the time they enter kindergarten. A quick screen of children’s developmental abilities, comfort level with the structure of the school setting and the materials they will soon encounter provides rich information for kindergarten teachers to meet each child “where they are” when they arrive and help them master the kindergarten content to establish a foundation for continued success in elementary school.
    School districts like Madison County Schools have led the way by doing their own screenings of youngsters at the onset of kindergarten. And, the district has successfully brought together public and private early childhood providers to ensure optimal development for young children before they ever enter the schoolhouse door.

    Kentucky is taking steps to implement one common kindergarten readiness screener accompanied by best-practice guidelines for all schools. This is a collaborative effort between the Governor’s Office of Early Childhood and the Kentucky Department of Education and is directly tied to the recommendations of the Governor’s Task Force on Early Childhood Development (ECD) and Education and the Transforming Education in Kentucky (TEK) Task Force.

  9. 10. Washington D.C. Internships within the Council on Postsecondary Education

    So this one's a little challenging to pinpoint. My guess is that we're talking about nixing Kentucky CPE program/direct financial support for this dealio:

    The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars is an independent, nonprofit organization serving hundreds of colleges and universities in the United States and other countries by providing selected students challenging opportunities to work and learn in Washington, D.C. for academic credit. The largest program of its kind, The Washington Center has 90 full-time staff and more than 50,000 alumni, many of whom are in leadership positions in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.
    TWC’s Mission is Building Future Leaders

    Leaders are built from the inside out. They are made, not born. The Washington Center’s program advisors and internship site supervisors work tirelessly to ensure that students get the most out of their internship experience.

    The Washington Center believes it is a fundamental civic duty to instill in all program participants the need to be well-informed, public-spirited and socially engaged leaders. TWC’s alumni hold leadership positions in virtually every career field, including law, education, social work, medicine, journalism, diplomacy, business and politics. Several even serve on TWC’s Board of Trustees.

    ... Semester- or summer-long integrated academic and work experiences in government, corporate and nonprofit organizations. Each internship is tailored to provide meaningful work experiences that will enhance students’ resumes and help launch their careers. Additionally, students take academic courses and attend special programming during their time at The Washington Center.