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Officials working on SRS deal remain mum about closed-door proceedings

August 5, 2011

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Two high-ranking officials with the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services met Friday with local leaders behind closed doors to discuss ways to avoid closing the Lawrence SRS office.

SRS Chief of Staff Jeff Kahrs and Director of Government Affairs Gary Haulmark left after about one-half hour.

“We’re happy to meet with them,” Kahrs said, but declined to divulge any details about what was discussed.

None of the participants in the meeting would talk about what was said.

Douglas County Commission Chairman Jim Flory said, “We’re continuing to work on it.”

He said he wasn’t at liberty to provide any details about any proposals put forward.

SRS Secretary Robert Siedlecki Jr. has announced the closure of nine offices, including the one in Lawrence. Gov. Sam Brownback and Siedlecki have said the closures are needed to save $1 million in administrative costs.

Local officials have said SRS’ stated savings of $400,000 by closing the Lawrence office is overstated, and that the closure would cause many vulnerable Kansans to lose critical services. Brownback and Siedlecki have said Lawrence clients could access services online or travel to nearby cities, such as Topeka. Advocates say that is not plausible.

“It’s extremely important the SRS office remains open in Lawrence,” said Lawrence City Commissioner Mike Amyx, who attended the meeting Friday. Amyx said he “felt very good about the meeting.”

Others in attendance were City Commissioner Hugh Carter, City Manager David Corliss and County Administrator Craig Weinaug.

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Alceste 2 years, 8 months ago

Again, get your hands on the unsanitized version of The Rushmore Report, circa 2005 if you want some really interesting reading about the internal workings of all the local SRS offices statewide, including the KC Metro Region and the Lawrence Office in particular. Very little, if anything has changed since the production and subsequent burying of this report. The findings of massive dysfunction from within were astounding. The unsanitized version now.....not the "final version".

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not_holroyd 2 years, 8 months ago

Alceste has yet to explain to us his personal experiences with SRS family services, which it is obvious he has had. It was brought up previously, and despite his numerous posts, he has avoided the subject.

As Ttrinity says, Alceste has deep vitriolic dislike for all public employees; SRS, city, state, school, university. His personal experiences with SRS provide some background for this.

With his anger issues, do you think SRS staff had any problems documenting the same? It sure would be entertaining to have a peek at his file.

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trinity 2 years, 8 months ago

Methinks Alceste has some mad deep issues. This incessant vitriole against social workers just is beyond crazy! Take a pill, Alceste...and hey keep that whole "shrug" thing up at the end of your posts, making sure your shoulders go high enough to knock against the sides of your head.
shrug and an ~eyeroll~ thrown in for good measure.

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lsense 2 years, 8 months ago

So, LJWorld, you remove my comments and leave Alceste's comments falsely accusing the Lawrence SRS social workers of smoking pot and being drug abusers. Nice moderation there.

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Flap Doodle 2 years, 8 months ago

"Officials working on SRS deal remain mum about closed-door proceedings" Isn't that the main reason for having closed-door proceedings?

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sunny 2 years, 8 months ago

Maybe some of the abuse will be stopped and people will stop producing little ones that they can't feed!

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Alceste 2 years, 8 months ago

justajoke:

Did you pay attention to this remark/fact: (?):

"Ask Rep Paul Davis about the findings of the KS Post Legislative Audits - falsifications of documents to wrongfully remove childlren - the cost for those children coming out of the general budget. And Guess what - the outcome of foster care is such that these children become adults that are still a drain on the tax payer."

These audits are current audits...like as in the past two years. have you troubled yourself to read them? Are you aware of the damning conclusions said audits disclose? I suspect you are not. Keep drinking that JimJonesLike Kool-Aide.

As for commuting.....oh boy! Let's hope the two of you can each commute the same direction and save some money. VERY early on with respect to this matter, I posted a link for the Van Pools. Hope that Brownback & Company don't do away with them........

Then again, driving in your own ride; listening to your own tunes; picking your nose when you feel the need; sucking on that herb based product; etc.....are all things that are not part of a Van Pool.

Oh yeah....when do you think SRS "social workers" are going to need to prove they too are not drug abusers and smoking that whacky tabaccy? If applicants are going to have take this test, shouldn't the "social workers" be more than happy to lead via demonstration? If families who have had their children wrenched from their family and placed in "foster care" must be subjected to urine tests.....just is too much like right that the person holding control over the future of said family also PROVE they ain't a a reefer smoker or a meth head, right? Heck...just a couple of years back the Lawrence SRS office had a worker who was using her desk to hide brownpaper sacks full of cash money from the sales of crack cocaine. Remember? Her supervisor supported her to the end, too. Seems that the school board member who gets time off from SRS work to do school board work is fully oppossed to the testing of SRS social service staff with respect to illegal substances.....and yet it's just perfectly fine to start testing applicants for public assistance for use of illicit substances? One hand washes the other.......right? shrug

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justajoke 2 years, 8 months ago

I am sure since Alceste has all of this knowledge then you would also know that the Social Workers don't remove children from the home the courts do. Every one has to follow the same rules and laws. SRS also has audits and I am sure if you would bother to pull those up the numbers and facts speak for themselves. As far as commuting... My spouse already commutes 45 minutes each way, and has done this for over 15 years.

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not_holroyd 2 years, 8 months ago

So, SRS workers visited your home once upon a time, eh, Alceste?

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Alceste 2 years, 8 months ago

ISSUES: Plaintiffs alleged that the Kansas child welfare system violated Title IV-E, the federal Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA), the Federal Due Process Clause, the Kansas Code for Care of Children, and the Kansas Constitution. The Kansas system had a number of serious deficiencies and had the highest recidivism in the country, with children who had been in foster care and were returned to their parents often returning to the system.

HISTORY AND STATUS: In January 1989, a Topeka child guardian filed a class action suit (J.D.B. v. Barton) against the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services (SRS) that focused on lack of adequate placements for children entering foster care. The ACLU Children’s Rights Project entered the lawsuit in September 1989 by filing a motion to amend, which added the governor as a defendant and additional named plaintiffs from throughout the state. Plaintiffs’ motion for class certification was granted, and SRS’s motion to dismiss was denied. The lower court held that Kansas children can (1) enforce 118 provisions of Title IV-E in Kansas state court; (2) seek judicial relief under CAPTA, which requires states to respond to reports of suspected abuse or neglect in a timely and adequate manner; and (3) seek relief for violations of the provisions of the Kansas Code for Children. In June 1992, defendants filed a motion to dismiss plaintiffs’ Title IV-E claims, based on Suter v. Artist M. The motion was granted in October 1992. Defendant Governor Finney filed a motion to dismiss or for summary judgment on June 15, 1992, which was granted on August 20, 1992. Plaintiffs appealed. While the appeal was pending, the parties reached a settlement agreement in June 1993. The settlement agreement mandated wholesale changes in the Kansas child welfare system. Implementation of reforms under the settlement began on January 1, 1994. Pursuant to the agreement, an internal departmental quality assurance unit was established to assess compliance and an independent state auditing agency, the Legislative Division of Post Audit, also was charged with conducting ongoing performance audits assessing the Department's compliance with the agreement. On April 24, 1997, a motion to change the judge was filed. On April 29, 1997, Judge Buchele removed himself from the case. The new judge, Judge Yeoman, appointed a Special Task Force “to facilitate resolution of foster care issues in Kansas.” Because of the State’s success in implementing the settlement agreement, the state exited from the agreement on June 30, 2002. SRS and plaintiffs agreed to replace the settlement agreement with internal monitoring from SRS’s Quality Assurance Unit. The Unit is responsible for overseeing the quality of SRS’s supervision of children.

That's kinda like having the fox watch the hen house!

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Steve Miller 2 years, 8 months ago

Enough already, Browny has made his decession. WGAS..

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Alceste 2 years, 8 months ago

concerned_kansan noted: "Don Jordan and Tanya Keys were paid to cover up what was going on in the SRS agencies and all of their regions. Jordan was aware that there was falsifcation of documents to illegaly remove children and place them in the custody of the state to receive federal funds (only problem was - how they did it - not following the requirements - the children weren't eligible for federal funding and the Kansas tax payer had to pay - out of the general fund - for the crimes against the children and families)...." and earlier had noted:

"Ask Rep Paul Davis about the findings of the KS Post Legislative Audits - falsifications of documents to wrongfully remove childlren - the cost for those children coming out of the general budget. And Guess what - the outcome of foster care is such that these children become adults that are still a drain on the tax payer."

concerned_kansan is stating fact with respect to the fraud being perpetrated on the families of the state of Kansas by SRS in the past relative to how children are torn from their caretakers and placed in a disgusting process of foster care drift to fill the coffers of our good friend B. Wayne Sims and the Dante's Inferno place known as Kaw Valley Center here in Kansas thanks to the privitization of foster care services in Kansas.

Isn't your issue, justajoke, really about the fact you may have to commute out of town and not about "protecting families and children"? I do not support the closing of this office in any way, shape, or form. That being said, however, those head bobbing simple simons in Topeka have given the community an opportunity to take a hard and long look at just exactly what is the nuts and bolts of the Lawrence SRS office and it's the people who do the real helping by doing their best with what the legislature have given them to work with to try and make certain families have roofs over their heads and food on the table. shrug

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Alceste 2 years, 8 months ago

Kansas SRS reversed it's focus in the very early 1990's following a consent decree which documented the abysmal activities of SRS social workers. The "pendulum" swung from a concentration on the financial side of a public welfare operation to the social services side and ever since, the financial side has suffered; both in terms of lost staffing and increased errors in processing and increased work loads for underpaid staff; especially when compared to the "social work" staff.

justajoke: The numbers speak for themselves: How many child abuse and neglect investigations (as well as dependent adult abuse/neglect investigations) take place, on average, on a daily basis in the Lawrence SRS office vs. how many "customers" (as if....what a crude term....they're clients....always have been and always will be) financial eligibility workers have to interact with either in person or on the phone on a daily basis?

Those "social workers" aren't protecting anybody or anything. Nor are these "social workers" protecting families. Quite the contrary: They are notorious in breaking apart families and have become very effective at it what with the Adoption and Safe Families Act (ASFA) of 1997 (PL 105-89). The switch from PL 96-272 to PL 105-89 has only served to accelerate the number of children in foster care drift "awaiting" adoption. Meanwhile, your own govenor can't adopt a child out of our very own system......he gots to go all the way to China to "save" a "heathen". Incredible.

Since foster care is privitized in Kansas, there is very little for a SRS social worker to really do anymore other than "investigate" and "go get them". You don't know what you're talking about justajoke if you're going to say everybody in the Lawrence SRS office "works equally hard". No way. No how.

And, just how many social workers are dedicated to the disabled in that office? How many are dedicated to voc rehab? Go on....give out the numbers. It's an incredibly small number isn't it?

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justajoke 2 years, 8 months ago

Wow Aleseste sure thinks he or she knows the inside of the SRS office. Maybe an upset ex- employee??? Or who knows. You can think and say what you want but all of the positions in this office are valuable and no one works harder than others. Those SW you are talking about are the ones protecting and helping the children and families in this community and they are also looking out for the elderly and disabled. Please have respect for all..

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niles 2 years, 8 months ago

poor government workers. have to get real jobs. how unfair.

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gl0ck0wn3r 2 years, 8 months ago

I'm surprised this doesn't violate open meetings laws.

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Stain 2 years, 8 months ago

The owner of the SRS building in Lawrence ought to cut that rent in half. He won't be able to rent it if the SRS leaves.

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ShePrecedes 2 years, 8 months ago

Every county should have an SRS office.

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ShePrecedes 2 years, 8 months ago

From a person who sits in the middle of the two extreme parties, this entire issue strongly smacks of political interests.

What other SRS offices are they closing? Any from strong GOP counties?

I think this is being done because Lawrence is strongly Democrat in nature. So Brownback is seeking to break that stronghold up.

Brownback looks worse and worse every single day. Every day that passes.

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Richard Heckler 2 years, 8 months ago

Brownback,Koch family ,Wal-Mart money want to privatize these services and public schools.

While they despise paying taxes they love the thought of billions in tax dollars creating a nice profit margin.

http://www.democracynow.org/2011/8/5/secretive_corporate_legislative_group_alec_holds

http://www.democracynow.org/2011/8/5/new_expos_tracks_alec_private_prison

Included in their process is reducing wages across the board = blue and white collars working for less pay while Walton's and Koch's increase their wealth.

How many here want to make less money for their hard labor?

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Richard Heckler 2 years, 8 months ago

What is the Brownback admin doing with money allegedly being saved?

How many want a refund check? ME

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Steve Jacob 2 years, 8 months ago

Can you see the city/county paying the rent to keep SRS in Lawrence? Bailing out the land owners again.

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Alceste 2 years, 8 months ago

Corliss does the best he can with what he's got to work with. He does have a heavy load to carry going to deposit that pay check, though.

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BruceWayne 2 years, 8 months ago

we don't stand a chance with Core-less hanging about.

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Alceste 2 years, 8 months ago

Excellent entertainment! Can't you just see Weinaug wringing his hands, Carter nodding his head, and Corliss looking about the room? Meanwhile Kahrs and Haulmark in robotoic form, parroting the Party Line? Flory was, perhaps, a bit absent, figuring out the possible Flory windfall from price supports and price subsidies from USDA, even if same weren't going directly to him.

Ah....Kansas....ya gotta love the rube entertainments where ya can get 'em. How much does Douglas County pay Weinaug, again?

While the closure of the Lawrence SRS office by Brownback and his running dog is nothng but plain stupid, it is imperative that, locally, we don't pay to keep the office open: City, County, etc. and/or any combination thereof. Brownback wants local jurisdictions to shoulder a state burden.

Too, when will people realize what we have here is an opportunity to right and correct the crimes agains the people of Kansas that SRS has been perpetrating in the foster care and child abuse and neglect arena for years and years? Why is the focus simply on making comfortable office space for 87 people who have not been terminated but merely transferred?

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