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House committee votes to freeze KNI admissions

March 13, 2012

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— A Kansas House committee endorsed a proposal to freeze admissions to the Kansas Neurological Institute for one year.

The home for the disabled in Topeka has been the center of controversy since 2010, when a commission recommended it be closed. That recommendation was rejected but Gov. Sam Brownback and some legislators continue to look for ways to cut costs at the institute.

Rep. Dave Crum, a Republican from Augusta, says care of disabled people is moving away from central institutions like KNI to community-based care. He says Kansans who need residential care could still live at Parsons State Hospital.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports Rep. Sydney Carlin, a Manhattan Democrat, criticized those who voted for the amendment Monday, saying the state is obligated to care for its disabled citizens.

Comments

handley 3 years, 2 months ago

Republicans do not care about anything but themselves and the rich.

kernal 3 years, 2 months ago

Sounds like a bunch of hooey. Which Kansas communities is he referring to?

oldbaldguy 3 years, 2 months ago

KNI is a proper state function. It should be funded. It will not be any cheaper to put the folks in the community. With Kancare coming along, I can see services being denied for community care.

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