July 22, 2008

TOPEKA- Kansas House Minority Leader Dennis McKinney, Greensburg, announced the appointment today of Rep. Melody McCray-Miller, Wichita, to the Joint Committee on Home and Community Based Services Oversight.

“Rep. McCray-Miller has worked tirelessly on behalf of disadvantaged Kansans throughout her career in the Kansas Legislature,” said McKinney.“She will provide helpful insight to this committee as they work to ensure resources for seniors are properly managed.”

The Joint Committee on Home and Community Based Services was established as part of a new law that created a comprehensive and coordinated system for long-term care services. The legislation aims to increase opportunities for seniors and disabled Kansans, emphasizing self-direction, individual choice and privacy.The new joint committee will review the number of individuals transferred from institutional settings to home and community based settings and will monitor funding associated with these moves.In addition, the committee will ensure the program maintains effectiveness and provides the highest quality services to Kansas seniors and the disabled.

McCray-Miller represents the 89th House district, and currently serves on the House committees on Federal and State Affairs, Taxation and Elections and Governmental Organizations. Governor Kathleen Sebelius also appointed McCray-Miller to the Kansas Commission on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention in 2005 and then reappointed her in 2007.