Gov. Brownback and SRS Secretary Siedlecki discuss closing Lawrence SRS office

By Scott Rothschild · July 6, 2011 · Comment on this

Gov. Sam Brownback and Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Secretary Robert Siedlecki Jr. talk about the closure of Lawrence SRS office and Medicaid cuts. Later, Kansas Department of Health and Environment Secretary Robert Moser talks further about Medicaid costs. The comments were made Wednesday, July 6, 2011, during a Statehouse news conference called by Brownback to review his first six months in office.


Alceste 6 years, 11 months ago

Rich!! Siedlecki is a much larger puppet with a most limited vocabulary than I had initially thought. He's a little man. Very little, parroting the same "remarks" over and over. Something of a hot head, too, eh? Work on that polishing, Bobby.....

Lana Christie-Hayes 6 years, 11 months ago

When will the REAL questions be answered?? Such as case load numbers and %'s per capita and need by a larger city to have SRS access for services for children and adults in need of care or who are being abused?

jafs 6 years, 11 months ago

I predict that those questions will not be answered at all.

And, I wouldn't be at all surprised if folks at SRS were being told not to release it.

Lana Christie-Hayes 6 years, 11 months ago

.. meaning there needs to be direct access from local law enforcement, and for other agencies and groups that are already in Lawrence, such as Bert Nash, First Step at Lakeview, DCCCA, and others. .

Lana Christie-Hayes 6 years, 11 months ago

Lawrence is THE hub for many local communities and definitely for Douglas County!!

straightforward 6 years, 11 months ago

Lawrence is not a hub for local communities in the same way a county seat in central or western kansas is. Rural communities are more isolated and the distance between hubs is much larger. If there is no office in Lawrence, the citizens of Douglas county are still not that far from Topeka, KCK, OP or Ottawa and the drive to any of these locations is direct and easy.

I know when some people hear Brownback's voice they immediately plug their ears and start screaming, but you have to listen to the answer and in this case it makes perfect sense.

Lana Christie-Hayes 6 years, 11 months ago

You really don't get it, do you?? It makes NO sense at all.. Neither one of these men are able to explain the true logic of this... they continue to evade the tough questions. It seems that you are the one that needs to open your ears and mind.

Aimee Polson 6 years, 11 months ago

It sounds like the governor is trying to phase out SRS service centers making the entire operation an internet driven thing. Maybe he will contract out with Vangent and create a call central of disgruntled former employees and then berate them for trying to be too helpful and having too low of a call quota.

deec 6 years, 11 months ago

You're probably on the right track, only it will be IT21 out of Olathe. They already got the no-bid contract for the DOL IT work and call center. Allegedly the new sec. of labor may be related to one of the bigshots at IT21. But that's just a coincidence and all... Fired the former call center director and brought in three contract IT21 guys at $190-$225/hr.

Lana Christie-Hayes 6 years, 11 months ago

Good info.. and hits the nail on the head I'm sure!

LHS56 6 years, 11 months ago

What a bunch of BS!!!! I've use to work with individuals similar to Siedlecki in the past. I will say they are consistent. They will not discuss facts...only blue sky, etc. What a terrible mistake. So many people will suffer. We need to limit Brownie to two years!!!!!!!

xclusive85 6 years, 11 months ago

Scott, were you there? Do you know what that sign that has 3,163 is about? Can't really read it with the camera work.

Lana Christie-Hayes 6 years, 11 months ago

That's suppose to be the BIG # of jobs created since he's been in office!! Yea Right!!

OldSoldier 6 years, 11 months ago

Look how Side-kickie's head bobs up and down when BB speaks. Rather like a puppet, don't you think?

Lana Christie-Hayes 6 years, 11 months ago

They both are spewing nothing but political mumbo jumbo and B>S!

Pamela Shanks 6 years, 11 months ago

Brownback doesn't have to worry. He knows, as does the republican majority, that Douglas County votes democratic. Why not get 40% of their necessary funds by cutting the Lawrence office? It won't hurt them politically. Sad but true. I think that we may see more of this in the future. There is no down side for them. Maybe the newest volunteer organization should drive the homeless population on that short direct trip to the Toepka and Overland Park offices to drop them off for more convenient access to services.

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