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Lawmakers not convinced by proposal to close Topeka state hospital

November 13, 2009

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— Local legislators are skeptical that a proposal to close a state hospital in Topeka will save Kansas money.

Republican Reps. Lana Gordon and Joe Patton, of Topeka, and Rocky Fund, of Hoyt, made their comments Thursday after touring the Kansas Neurological Institute.

KNI and the Parsons State Hospital and Training Center are the state’s two facilities for the developmentally disabled.

Last month, a task force recommended closing KNI, transferring some residents to Parsons and others to community programs. Officials have estimated the state ultimately would save $5.7 million a year.

Patton told the Topeka Capital-Journal that he believes any savings would be wiped out by the costs of new community services.

Gov. Mark Parkinson hasn’t decided whether to endorse the commission’s recommendation.

Comments

rbwaa 5 years, 7 months ago

I'm glad to see that there are at least a couple 'voices of reason' about the cost of closing KNI and Parsons facilities. Community care is more expensive and for some its risks are greater.

KEITHMILES05 5 years, 7 months ago

Parkinson will be unsung hero if he rejects this commissions vote. He owes it to the citizens of the state to keep baseline services for those who are absolutely unable to care for themselves.

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