EmberHope receives accreditation

EmberHope Youthville recently announced that they have received accreditation from CARF International, an achievement that demonstrates the organization’s quality, transparency, and commitment to the satisfaction of persons served.

EmberHope Youthville’s accreditation with CARF covers both the Residential program and the Foster Care Program and will extend through August 31, 2022.

Founded in 1966 as the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Services, CARF International is an independent nonprofit accreditor of health and human services. To achieve accreditation, a service provider must commit to following a set of strict standards for care developed over more than five decades by international teams of service providers and policymakers and reviewed by the public. The accreditation process includes both a thorough self-evaluation and a consultative evaluation from industry peers, with a future commitment to improving all aspects of provided care.

“Receiving CARF accreditation is a monumental accomplishment in our industry,” says EmberHope Youthville President and CEO Nickaila Sandate. “We are humbled and honored to receive this accreditation, which is both a reward for the hard work we’ve already done and an inspiration to continue to improve the care and services we offer to children and families.”
For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact Jeff Nelssen at jnelssen@emberhope.org or 316.202.7798.

EmberHope Youthville offers a vast array of services for thousands of area children and teens, including foster care, adoption, counseling, and residential programs.  EmberHope Youthville is a 501(c)3 organization.


D-Fy to be at Chamber Breakfast

Harvey County Drug Free Youth (D-FY) will be at the October Chamber Breakfast to share about the county’s community partnerships working toward reducing youth drug and alcohol use.

Breakfast will be at 7:15 a.m. Aug. 16 at the Meridian Center.

From local youth data, D-FY creates and carries out evidence-based action plans to prevent youth
substance use.  With vaping and opioid epidemics throughout the country, there is an urgency and
readiness to create a safer, healthier Harvey County.


Schmidt appoints new head of consumer protection division

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt today announced that Lawrence attorney Kathryn Carter has been named the new deputy attorney general for the consumer protection and antitrust division.

“Kate is an experienced and accomplished attorney,” Schmidt said. “I am grateful that she has agreed to lead our consumer protection division in the important work of protecting Kansas consumers from scams and helping victims of scams recover what they’ve lost.”

Carter succeeds Jim Welch, who retired in September after leading the consumer protection division from 2011 to 2019. Welch also served as an assistant attorney general in the consumer protection division from 1995 to 2003.

Carter has been with the attorney general’s office for seven years, and has served as an assistant attorney general in the consumer protection division for the past three years. Before joining the attorney general’s office, Carter served as a district magistrate judge for the 12th Judicial District in Cloud County for 17 years and worked in private practice. Carter is a graduate of Wichita Southeast High School, the University of Kansas and the University of Kansas School of Law.

The consumer protection and antitrust division investigates scams, mediates and prosecutes violations of the Consumer Protection Act, the No-Call Act, the Roofing Registration Act, the Charitable Organization and Solicitations Act, the Kansas False Claims Act, the Wayne Owen Act and the Kansas Restraint of Trade Act.

During Schmidt’s administration, the division has recovered a total of more than $225 million, by far the most in state history.


West Plains, Evergy announce solar energy agreement

The City of West Plains, Misssouri, will partner with Evergy to provide solar power to the community. Evergy will build a new solar array in West Plains that will generate 9.6 megawatts of energy, enough to power 1,200 homes.

“Evergy is excited to share our renewable energy expertise as part of our community-based solar partnership with the City of West Plains,” said Lloyd Jackson, Managing Director of Evergy Energy Partners. “The solar array will provide affordable green energy to the community for many years to come.”

The announcement comes as the City of West Plains celebrates Public Power Week.

“We are excited to add solar to the energy sources that power our community. The solar project with Evergy will give us an opportunity to provide education opportunities about renewable energy and provide rate stability for the future,” said Jeff Hanshaw, City of West Plains Public Works Director.

Evergy has a strong commitment to renewable energy. Solar arrays are a part of their power generation portfolios in both Kansas and Missouri.

Evergy’s Energy Partners division offers comprehensive energy management solutions, asset optimization, risk management and advisory services and renewable energy options to utilities, large industrial customers and independent power producers.

Evergy Energy Partners has built a team experienced in development of renewable energy generation to serve public utilities and local governments. A recently completed project in Baldwin City, Kan., now provides solar power to homes in that community.