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The health department is responsible for informing others of the potential public health impact of policies being considered at the local, state, and federal levels. This page is updated with information about selected current or proposed policies and resolutions that impact the health of the public.

This page is updated with Information about selected current or proposed policies and resolutions that impact public health.

 Food and Farm Council 

The Flint Hills Wellness Coalition (FHWC) and the Food and Farm Taskforce have proposed a joint appointed City-County Food and Farm Council for Riley County and the City of Manhattan. The purpose of the Council is to advocate for and sustain an accessible, healthy, and local food system. The Food and Farm Council of Riley County and the City of Manhattan, Kansas envisions a local food system that supports healthy living in our community. To accomplish this the Council will:

  • Identify and prioritize needs and make recommendations that promote, support, and strengthen access to local, healthy, safe, affordable food.
  • Educate and advise the City/County Commissions on local food system needs.
  • Provide a forum for people involved in different parts of the local food system and local
  • Government officials for fostering collaborative, coordinated actions to improve our local food system.

The joint board structure best recognizes the existing program overlap and allows for greater collaboration between the City and the County in creating a local, healthy food system and increasing access to food. The FHWC will present recommendations for appoints of 12-15 members. The City-County Food and Farm Council has been approved by the City of Manhattan. 

No funds were requested for the Council, however, the Riley County Health Department will be the fiscal agent for any grant funds received. The Flint Hills Wellness Coalition was awarded a $10,000 grant in fall 2017 from the American Heart Association and may apply for additional grant funding in the future. The Riley County Health Educator will be the staff liaison for the Food and Farm Council. The City will also appoint a staff Liaison.

On March 6, 2018, the Manhattan City Commission approved the interlocal agreement necessary for the Food and Farm Council. Minutes from the City Commission meeting are available online.

On March 12, 2018 the Riley County Board of Health approved the interlocal agreement necessary for the Food and Farm Council. Minutes from the County Commission meeting are available online.

On June 6, 2018, the Manhattan City Commission approved the Joint City-County Food and Farm Council. Minutes from the City Commission meeting are available online

On June 14, 2018 the Riley County Commissioners approved the Joint City-County Food and Farm Council. Minutes from the County Commission meeting are available online

For more information about the proposed City-County Food and Farm Council visit the Flint Hills Wellness Coalition website

Kansas Department of Health and Environment Proposed Amended Regulations Related to Child Care Licensing (pertaining to licensed day care homes, group day care homes, child care centers and preschools). 

The proposed amended regulations apply to various child care facilities, school-age programs, and drop-in programs, respectively. They were developed cooperatively with the Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF) to implement federal requirements pertaining to the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) State Plan. A summary of the proposed amended regulations and estimated economic impact follows:

Summary of Regulations:

K.A.R. 28-4-125. Background checks. This general child care regulation applies to licensed day care homes, group day care homes, child care centers, and preschools. It lists requirements for criminal history and child abuse registry checks for individuals affiliated with a child care facility. The proposed amendments describe changes to the requirements, including fingerprint-based checks.

K.A.R. 28-4-584. Background checks. This regulation applies to licensed school-age programs. It lists requirements for criminal history and child abuse registry checks for individuals working or volunteering in a program. The proposed amendments describe changes to the requirements, including fingerprint-based checks.

K.A.R. 28-4-705. Background checks. This regulation applies to drop-in programs. It lists requirements for individuals working or volunteering in a program. The proposed amendments describe changes to the requirements, including fingerprint-based checks.

Economic Impact

Cost to licensees: Costs to each individual for background checks will be based on the fees charged by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation and the Federal Bureau of Investigation that is anticipated to be approximately $50. It is anticipated that some licensees will choose to cover these costs for individuals associated with their facilities. 45 CFR 98.43(f) states that “Fees that a State, Territory, or Tribe may charge for the costs of processing applications and administering a criminal background check as required by this section shall not exceed the actual costs for the processing and administration:

Additional information from KDHE about the proposed economic impact is available on online

The amended background check regulations are effective, June 7, 2018. For more information regarding implementation of the amended background checks for providers visit the KDHE website

Kansas Department of Health and Environment: Fee for Fingerprint-based Background Checks is Now Available for Public Comment

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) is proposing a new regulation, K.A.R. 28-4-95, Fee for fingerprint-based background checks. The proposed regulation is needed to meet the comprehensive fingerprint-based background check requirements of the federal Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014 and to comply with the provisions of 2018 HB 2639, amending K.S.A. 65-516.

The proposed regulation will require applicants and licensees to submit to KDHE a non-refundable fee for each individual who is required to complete a fingerprint-based background check. The fingerprinting will be completed for each individual initially and once every five years thereafter. The cost for each individual will be $48 based on the actual costs to KDHE.

The proposed regulation is available for public comment. Interested individuals may submit written comments by email, letter or fax to the contact person listed below. All written comments must be received by prior to 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 22, 2018. In addition, a public hearing will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, August 22, 2018 in Room 530, Curtis State Office Building, 1000 SW Jackson, Topeka KS., to receive written and verbal comments. More information is available on the KDHE website.  

The KDHE Economic Impact statement is available online

Kansas Department of Health and Environment Proposed Amended Regulations to Related to Infectious Diseases 

K.A.R. 28-1-1; K.A.R. 28-1-2; K. A.R. 28-1-4 ;K.A.R. 28-1-6 ;K.A.R. 28-1-12; K.A.R. 28-1-13 ; K.A.R. 28-1-18

Proposed changes to the regulations are being made to address updates to which disease investigations can be performed, actions taken to prevent the spread of disease and the recommended protections necessary to protect the health of citizens. A brief description of the changes is available online

The KDHE Economic Impact statement is available online

The public comment period for the proposed regulations is over. The proposed regulations have gone into effect May 11, 2018. For more information visit the KDHE website


Early Childhood Funding

The Kansas Legislature created the Kansas Endowment for Youth (KEY) Fund and the Children’s Initiatives Fund (CIF) in 1999. The KEY Fund serves as an endowment for investments in early education, funded by annual payments from the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement (MSA). Money flows from the KEY Fund into the CIF, and then is distributed to early childhood programs. The CIF is administered by the Kansas Children’s Cabinet and Trust Fund. CIF-funded programs undergo a rigorous evaluation coordinated by the Children’s Cabinet to ensure effective use of state dollars. Funding supports programs such as tiny-K and Parents as Teachers. More information about the KEY Fund and the CIF is available online.

The Kansas Early Childhood Block Grant (ECBG) is administered by the Children’s Cabinet. ECBG funds are distributed through grants to early childhood programs to provide research-based child development programs for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and their families. The ECBG supports the Raising Riley Right program.

 

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Our vision:  

Healthy people in a healthy community

Our Mission: 

To promote and protect the health and safety of our community through evidence -based practices, prevention, and education

Our Values:

  • Recognizing the value of all people 
  • Providing quality services
  • Serving with leadership and integrity
  • Advocating for advancement of public health policies

Your Health Department works with you, the local Board of Health, community health and education organizations, Fort Riley, and regional and state partners to strengthen and build the health of Riley County residents and visitors.

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  4. Mobilize community partnerships
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