Letters to the Editor

SRS strategies

July 14, 2011

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To the editor:

Kansas Neurological Institute stayed open because they found ways to cut costs for state approval. Lawrencians must do the same. Use an empty school to save property rental for the SRS. Who can donate a copier, pest control services, discounted or free paper shredding services, janitorial services or lifeline phone services to decrease their phone bill?

If most of the social service workers are going to keep their jobs, they might as well work here. We must organize, rally and make this happen.

If SRS used bulk mail or the e-filing system, that would help too. They must cut down on superfluous paperwork which they mail out and the clients have to mail back like 16-page forms, where the client only needs medical services. They must become more efficient and updated. The forms MUST be user-friendly as well, not with ID numbers missing, etc. It must be a flawless system.

Discounted utility services will have to be made through the individual utility itself.

Contact Gov. Sam Brownback and voice your opinion and solutions.

Comments

Carol Bowen 4 years, 1 month ago

Mary Ann has good suggestions. Hopefully, these suggestions would be backup plan and a temporary fix. We still should pressure the governor.

deec 4 years, 1 month ago

The forms are probably required by the federal government, which is part of the reason doing everything on line/phone/long distance may not work. There will probably be increased costs for mailing, since people would not be able to walk in and pick up or drop off required documents if the office closes.

Kendall Simmons 4 years, 1 month ago

Are these good suggestions? Or simply suggestions? Based on what Mary Ann provided, we don't know.

For all we know, SRS already uses bulk mail...when possible. However, there are real restrictions on when and how it can be used. Perhaps the use of vision cards and automatic deposit has made "bulk mail" obsolete?

And would having multiple forms really be more cost-effective? They'd all require plenty of the same information to be included as well as plenty of the same information required from the applicant. For example, each one would have to have space for all that personal information an applicant needs to provide. Do we know how many people only file for one thing compared to multiple things? Do we know how much this would add to the number of forms SRS workers would have to process? For all we know, SRS already went through this and determined that a single form was actually more cost-effective.

Plenty of people have raised the issue of the problems of filing online. Many people needing these services do not have a personal computer. They'd be filling out this information online on a public computer such as the ones at the library. The potential security problems ought to be obvious. Plus there's the fact that most public computers in Lawrence have time restrictions on them. In other words, there's pros and cons to her suggestion and they need to be considered and factored in.

It's really easy to come up with an idea and think it's a "solution". But such suggestions are usually not particularly compelling to anyone who has to deal with the reality of the situation.

Carol Bowen 4 years, 1 month ago

I should have been more specific. Using an empty school for a nominal rent would be affordable.

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