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Agencies report to Douglas County Commission what impact closure of Lawrence SRS office would have

July 19, 2011

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Representatives of nearly 20 local agencies testified Tuesday before Douglas County Commission about the impact of closing the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services office in Lawrence.

SRS Secretary Robert Siedlecki Jr. has said closing the office will save the state $413,385 per year.

But representatives of local agencies said much of the savings to the state would be shifted as costs to their organizations.

Meanwhile, they said an unknown number of vulnerable Kansans would lose care because they wouldn’t be able to travel to other cities to access services. In the long run, the cost to Kansas will be greater because the loss of the SRS office will produce more emergency situations, local officials said.

Here are portions of some of their submissions:

Lawrence Community Shelter

Due to loss of efficiency, it is estimated that the SRS closing could double work time with guests needing SRS interaction. Hiring a new case manager, increased transportation costs, $52,400.

Independence Inc.

Adult Protective Services Reports: Investigation not feasible by phone or computer. Requires face-to-face visits by SRS employee.

The cost of increased staff time, transportation and other items to accompany consumers to SRS offices in other cities estimated at $800 per month.

It is unlikely that service interruptions can be avoided.

Visiting Nurses Association

Possible cost of $25,000 per year, including $16,000 in transportation costs for Medicaid clients when needing to go to the SRS office. Many of the 286 per year Medicaid patients do not have telephones and most do not have home computers. VNA would have to arrange for transportation to bring patients into VNA offices to work with VNA social workers to complete online forms. There is still a face-to-face requirement in the application process that would require patients being transported to the nearest SRS office or a case worker going to the patient’s home. Most patients are sick and frail and it is a hardship to leave their homes.

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$33,400, much of which would be transportation costs.

Cottonwood Inc.

Community employment division, JobLink, would incur additional annual costs related to staff time and transportation of approximately $60,000.

Increase in the number of people in crisis forced to access Medicaid waiver would result in higher costs to the state of $30,000 per person.

Individuals with developmental disabilities who would have to be driven to different city to apply for Medicaid, food stamps, etc., $20,000.

Closing the SRS office would result in the loss of a critical local link in our community. There is no way to assess the value of the collaborative relationships built over the years with the local SRS office. Cost: Priceless.

Douglas County Senior Services

$38,400 to $39,000 for increased staff and travel time to assist seniors with various SRS services, such as food stamps.

Douglas County Sheriff’s Office

An inmate re-entry program would cost an estimated $8,351 more annually for transportation for SRS appointments. The immediate concern is the success of inmates upon their return to the community. Without access to basic transitioning benefits through food, housing and financial assistance, inmates may continue victimizing our community, eventually spilling over to the ever-increasing incarceration and costing our society even more.

Lawrence-Douglas County Housing Authority

In terms of additional costs per year, we estimate that an additional 600 hours of case management services at a cost of approximately $12,000; $3,000 in copies, scanning and faxing, and $8,000 in transportation.

Comments

Beelzebub 3 years, 5 months ago

Maybe the Gov would be nicer if Lawrence wasn't such a hotbed of leftist, secular-humanistic, godless pinko LIBERALS! Serves us right for mollycoddling these weaklings, who are apparently morally or otherwise unfit to take care of themselves. Throw them under the bus! God helps those who help themselves...

Beelzebub 3 years, 5 months ago

I'll take a big helping of tax breaks for the wealthy, please.

myopinion 3 years, 5 months ago

Godless, like throwing people under a bus?

Motivation 3 years, 5 months ago

What about the children suffering from abuse, neglect, and living in violent and insufficient homes?? Case workers from other cities, or counties, not having enough time for travel to investigate.

And don't EVEN try to tell me Bert Nash can help!! They are worthless and unable to find, let alone diagnose, anyone a way out of a wet paper bag!! Lawrence children need the assistance of the government. This town already possesses one of the worst privately funded fostercare programs in the entire US!! And the family courts continually placing children back in unsafe, unstable home environments, because they want to "help" the parents....I could go on for days. My only hope is the SRS office stays, and the Lawrence children don't get forgotten in this political game the gov is playing with everyone's welfare. So glad I got out of that town!!! Please forgive my rant, but it makes me sick some of the things I have witnessed children from this United States town circum too. Makes my stomach turn to think no one will be there to help these children, or even the senior citizens. Our past and our future deserve the chance?? Don't they??

heygary 3 years, 5 months ago

We have to cut spending!

Question ... Why target Lawrence SRS?

Aswer ... "Representatives of nearly 20 local agencies ..."

ivalueamerica 3 years, 5 months ago

The total savings to the state will be equal to about the tax break one multi national corporation to open a center that will bring in $8 an hour jobs that will still leave a family of 2 in the poverty level.

Tax breaks to the rich at the expense of the middle class who will have to pick up the slack.

Richard Heckler 3 years, 5 months ago

Yesterday, in the first Wisconsin recall general election, Democratic state Senator Dave Hansen crushed his Republican opponent by a massive 66%-34% margin. Thump!! :)

Now it's time to move on to the main event—the six recalls against Republican state Senators on August 9. Democrats need to win three of those six in order to take control of the state Senate.

The latest polling shows Democrats way ahead in one and narrowly ahead in three more. We're winning, but it's super close.

Richard Heckler 3 years, 5 months ago

WASHINGTON — A month ago, the most important issues in New York's 26th Congressional District were the budget deficit, jobs, health care and taxes. If Medicare was an issue, pollsters didn't ask about it.

By the time Democrat Kathy Hochul declared an upset victory over Republican Jane Corwin in the special election Tuesday night in the western New York district, Medicare was the defining issue.

Kat Christian 3 years, 5 months ago

Well not all agencies and non-profits were invited to this meeting by the Do. Co. Com. When I saw the coverage on TV news last night I laughed at how few people were there. How convenient not to invite all the agencies and non-profits who access SRS services for their clients so Brownback can't receive an honest and full picture of the impact closing the Lawrence office will do to this town. Is there any honesty in politics?

Kat Christian 3 years, 5 months ago

Well not all agencies and non-profits were invited to this meeting by the Do. Co. Com. When I saw the coverage on TV news last night I laughed at how few people were there. How convenient not to invite all the agencies and non-profits who access SRS services for their clients so Brownback can't receive an honest and full picture of the impact closing the Lawrence office will do to this town. Is there any honesty in politics?

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