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Panel slams Brownback proposal to move juvenile justice programs to SRS

November 29, 2011

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— Republican and Democratic legislators on Tuesday approved a motion seeking to stop Gov. Sam Brownback from moving several juvenile justice programs to the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services.

The action by the House-Senate Committee on Corrections and Juvenile Justice came after law enforcement and juvenile experts said the plan by Brownback, a Republican, would harm programs that are helping young people and keeping the public safe. They also said it was proposed without any input from experts in the field.

The committee’s meeting produced testy exchanges between legislators and Brownback’s point man on the issue, SRS Secretary Robert Siedlecki Jr.

Several community and law enforcement officials said they were stunned when they learned earlier this month that Brownback planned to issue an executive order to move several major programs out of the Juvenile Justice Authority and place them under SRS.

They said the programs, such as intake and assessment of juvenile offenders and prevention grants, were working fine and SRS was ill-equipped to handle them.

The plan was part of an agency reorganization included in Brownback’s Medicaid overhaul.

Two weeks after the plan was announced on Nov. 8, Siedlecki and Juvenile Justice Authority Commissioner Curtis Whitten invited stakeholders to a Dec. 12 meeting “to discuss this exciting opportunity , as well as, the challenges involved with the transition.”

“This sounds like ready, fire, aim,” Committee Chairwoman Pat Colloton, R-Leawood, told Siedlecki.

Colloton and several other committee members said Siedlecki should have sought input and information from those working in the field before making the proposal.

Siedlecki said the reorganization was needed to bring all children and family issues under one agency. He said several other states had done this. He said the current system is working well but added, “I think we can do better.”

But several legislators said Siedlecki had no details on how the system would perform better under SRS. “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” said Sen. Tim Owens, R-Overland Park.

Speaking to Siedlecki, who came from Florida last year to work in the Brownback administration, Owens said it was offensive that people have not bothered to learn what is going on in Kansas before trying to change things.

Siedlecki shot back that he has bought a home in Kansas and is paying taxes here. “I prefer you call me a Kansan,” he said.

The meeting room was packed with people who were upset with the Brownback proposal. Many noted that the current juvenile justice system was developed in the late 1990s when it was taken away from SRS because of failings in that agency.

Betsy Gillespie, director of the Johnson County Corrections, has worked in the field for 37 years. She asked, “Why would we disrupt the current system when it has changed so much for the better?”

Ed Klump, representing three law enforcement associations, said the current system allows for local oversight and development in each area of the state.

Mark Masterson, director of the Sedgwick County Department of Corrections, and Stuart Little, with the Kansas Community Corrections Association, also spoke against the proposal.

Sen. Dick Kelsey, R-Goddard, made a motion recommending that Brownback, at this time, not issue an executive order reorganizing the agencies and programs until more research is done.

“This whole thing hasn’t been vetted enough,” Kelsey said.

The committee approved the recommendation on a voice vote. Only Rep. Jana Goodman, R-Leavenworth, voted against the motion.

Comments

oldbaldguy 2 years, 4 months ago

all i know is when i started representing kids in the system srs had juvenile offenders, it did not work very well. first years of jja was no fun but it appears to be working now. this has to be a funding issue. the juvenile intake system works well where it is at.

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Jan Rolls 2 years, 4 months ago

I hope you all saw the make it private in his statement. Another attempt to bring his stupid people in from florida and give them high salaries. I said it before why doesn't sam the sham just privatize everything all at once and be done with it. Low down skunks.

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Kate Rogge 2 years, 4 months ago

Governor Brownback is being staged by the Kochs for the presidency. Thank God being governor of Kansas is just a step along that path and not the goal. Kansas Republicans were willing to give him a shot, but even they don't seem to be wholly enthralled with him. A national electorate will not support theocrat Browback's bid for the presidency.

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autie 2 years, 4 months ago

maybe they are going to change it to "facebook.com/govheblowsalot"

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autie 2 years, 4 months ago

maybe they are going to change it to "facebook.com/govheblowsalot"

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preebo 2 years, 4 months ago

http://www.kansas.com/2011/05/01/1830344/consolidation-of-power-a-concern.html

This is from May of this year. Is it any surprise that he is continuing in this vein? He says this is done to reduce bureaucracy, but it does nothing but create a bottleneck for things and even less gets done. Nevermind the loss of institutional brainpower that is lost when you shuffle services or programs around. Much like Governor Scott Walker in Wisconsin (whereas his is focused on labor unions), I believe Governor Brownback is attempting his own brand of "Conservative" experiments in Kansas.

How is that road map working for you thus far?

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prospector 2 years, 4 months ago

Sherriene,

With all your expertise about this social media stuff, you would think you could keep the Governor's Facebook page up.

www.facebook.com/govsambrownback

Sherriene Jones-Sontag, Governor’s Press Office: 785-368-7138

And where the hell is your apology? You suck too!

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autie 2 years, 4 months ago

Just when I think it can't get any worse. Heblowsalot is turning the governor's office in this state (through his clustermucks) in to the biggest joke in the country..well, neck and neck with governor haircare down in Texas. Sure seems to me that the house of cards is tumbling.

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dipweed 2 years, 4 months ago

If Sherienne Jones-Sontag is still monitoring Twitter and other sites for negative Brownback comments, I would think her computer would be blowing up by now.

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Gandalf 2 years, 4 months ago

EviL sam cannot vet things with experts in any subject. They always tell him he's nuts.

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bklonnie 2 years, 4 months ago

"They also said it was proposed without any input from experts in the field."

Doesn't that pretty much just sum up everything Siedlecki and Brownback do? This isn't surprising to me, and I'm glad that the legislators are stepping in to stop these clowns.

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consumer1 2 years, 4 months ago

The JJA is the cash cow of the judicial system. Their budget is huge!!! This change would mean big money to SRS. of course it would put many of the overpaid JJA managers out of work. The unfortunate part of this is it would also put many underpaid and overworked staff out of a job.

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Lana Christie-Hayes 2 years, 4 months ago

It just never stops with this asinine Governor and his idiot sidekicks. At least his stupid stuff is so blatant that both Democrat AND Republican Legislators see how backing him on his CRAZY ideas will be totally detrimental to their own futures in politics!! Note to Sam:..you probably should just bury your head in the mud that surrounds you for the remainder of your term. YOU SUCK!!

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fljayhawk 2 years, 4 months ago

I live in Florida, he learned his trade from our Governer (sic). Our gain (his moving to Kansas)is your lose. Rock Chalk Jayhawk

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Kansass 2 years, 4 months ago

Oh please, you're no Kansan. You're an overpayed temp. that will be gone when the next governor replaces your silly butt. What is going on here? Listen to the people Sam. You're not elected to be dictator. You need to reel this clown in and explain there's a process to things. This states government is out of control and not in touch with reality. P.S. You blow!

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Jim Williamson 2 years, 4 months ago

Dear Legislators:

Good job standing up to the Governor! We're confident that your unified disapproval of this executive order will stop this ill-informed, misguided change from happening.

Sincerely, The Kansas Arts Commission

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Getaroom 2 years, 4 months ago

It is yet another move on the game board for Brownbackward to dismantle what was supposed to be a democratic form of government. And a step closer toward the glorious free(wheeling) market/privatization of public services, a la, a Koch Brothers version of a Libertarian agenda.

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bhs1999 2 years, 4 months ago

Please let it be noted that the Juvenile Justice Authority state organization that oversees the juvenile programs discussed in this article was carved out of SRS in 1997.

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vuduchyld 2 years, 4 months ago

Welcome to Brownbackistan, it's where Kansas used to be Welcome to Brownbackistan, it's our new theocracy! Brownback and Koch call all the shots, we're governed by the rich The wealthy all get wealthier and the rest can all eat $%#

the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SLUfNPdirdE

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vuduchyld 2 years, 4 months ago

Welcome to Brownbackistan, it's where Kansas used to be Welcome to Brownbackistan, it's our new theocracy! Brownback and Koch call all the shots, we're governed by the rich The wealthy all get wealthier and the rest can all eat $%#

the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SLUfNPdirdE

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mloburgio 2 years, 4 months ago

Siedlecki needs to go back to florida or new york and find his kids. remember children in single familes turn out to be bad kids.

republican christians, they hate in the name of god!

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Bill Thompson 2 years, 4 months ago

I guess I'm surprised that the Republican legislators actually stood up against King Sam on anything at all! There is some hope left after all...

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Paul R Getto 2 years, 4 months ago

"“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” said Sen. Tim Owens, R-Overland Park" === Good point, sir, but they won't listen. There is only one objective; spend less money on services to those who need them the most. Denying service is the best way to save money, no matter who is in charge.

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Gandalf 2 years, 4 months ago

Hopefully between democrats and decent republicans, they will be able to the idiot down.

I wish someone would do a popularity poll on guv blowsalot right now.

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Gandalf 2 years, 4 months ago

“This whole thing hasn’t been vetted enough,” Kelsey said.

When has gov blowsalot vetted anything?

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tolawdjk 2 years, 4 months ago

When a man born and raised in Indiana and has had his leg blown off in Iraq has the University of Kansas say "Yep, we are proud to call you a resident of the State of Kansas. Please come here and know that we will give you in-state tuition." Then and -only- then will I consider considering Sidekick a "resident" of Kansas.

As soon as Brownback's term is over, Sidekick is on the next chartered jet to National Airport and K Street. Anyone who thinks otherwise is deluding himself.

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JayhawkFan1985 2 years, 4 months ago

Another step in the great leap backward...

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Jaminrawk 2 years, 4 months ago

"Siedlecki shot back that he has bought a home in Kansas and is paying taxes here. “I prefer you call me a Kansan,” he said."

Wow, that is pretty lame. Brownback is losing support across the board. The GOP is even getting tired of his BS. No way this clown gets reelected. I would vote for nearly anyone, over him. I seriously hope the GOP has some candidates lined up to run against him. This isn;t a governorship, it's a tyranny.

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Cait McKnelly 2 years, 4 months ago

Wow. Things are getting bad when legislators from both parties start ripping into BB's goons. My own reaction to this "proposal" was, "You've got to be kidding me!" However, it's to be expected given that BB hired most of his "human services" people from a state that got into deep doodoo with them at the helm to begin with. (Those that weren't had no experience in social welfare to begin with. One wonders if their outright ignorance wasn't the lesser of two evils.) He doesn't seem to be having much luck with hiring competent people but I guess that's what happens when the only criteria for employment is how shiny you've made his boots.

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atiopatioo 2 years, 4 months ago

Brownback is taking control like Obama took control ramming his medical care through. I am impressed how he mirrors Obama.

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its_just_math 2 years, 4 months ago

Oh dear lord! SR should send SB a big, big, big Christmas present just for giving him great job security. Never in my life!

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Flap Doodle 2 years, 4 months ago

Get all your little friends together and vote for somebody else come election time, bub

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captainzeep 2 years, 4 months ago

Sammy and minions can't catch a break. Parade of ineptitude marches on... I predict some staff will be shedding "Kansan" status soon.

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question4u 2 years, 4 months ago

"They also said it was proposed without any input from experts in the field."

When Brownback is involved, doesn't that go without saying? Experts get in the way, since they advise you not to do illogical things.

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cowboy 2 years, 4 months ago

Anyone in this admin ever heard of a pilot program....granted they would probably put Capt. Wrongway Corrigan in charge of it.

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Richard Heckler 2 years, 4 months ago

Members of the legislature need to rein in the "executive order privilege" that is being abused by Sam Brownback. There must be a way.

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Eride 2 years, 4 months ago

Glad to see the legislature standing up to some of the general retardation in the Brownback administration.

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Steve Jacob 2 years, 4 months ago

Have anyone noticed many moderate State Congressional Republicans from the KC area have fought Brownback on many things this year? Kansas is not a right wing as you think.

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tolawdjk 2 years, 4 months ago

Siedlecki shot back that he has bought a home in Kansas and is paying taxes here. “I prefer you call me a Kansan,” he said.

Why, he even moved into his new home with several lovely carpetbags!

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WilburM 2 years, 4 months ago

Wow. When all the Republican start turning on Siedlecki and Brownback, you know things are getting bad. Time after time, there is no planning, no real consultation, and big push-back. Either they don't care or there is no learning curve or both. Foolish and arrogant. Nice pair.

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parrothead8 2 years, 4 months ago

Given Siedlecki's history, he prefers that you call him a [insert any state where Siedlecki is offered an opportunity for political advancement]-n.

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AverageCitizen 2 years, 4 months ago

Mark my words, it is some sort of move to cut into state jobs and/or put in his OWN ideas about how the family should look and operate. No good government needs to change anything unless it is malfunctioning. Since the testimony is that this system is working fine, the only other reason for this move is to achieve something the governor wants. What could that be? It certainly isn't to help Kansas citizens!

Why isn't this bozo working on creating jobs instead?

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cowboy 2 years, 4 months ago

Siedlecki shot back that he has bought a home in Kansas and is paying taxes here. “I prefer you call me a Kansan,” he said.

This has to be the first management job this A$$hat has ever had. Anyone who has ever managed a large group or made changes to a complex system knows damn well that you need to have some exploration , feedback , and buy in before you ever pull the trigger.

What an amateur hour staff the governor has assembled

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