Official: Funding boost for Kansas mental hospital in works

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A top Kansas social services official says Gov. Sam Brownback will push for additional funding for the state’s two mental hospitals.

Secretary Tim Keck of the Department for Aging and Disability Services also says Brownback is considering proposing pay raises of up to 10 percent for workers who care for patients at the hospitals in Larned and Osawatomie.

Legislators in both parties said Thursday they welcomed the news that the Republican governor is working on proposals to help the hospitals fill staff vacancies and deal other issues.

But they also remained wary of his administration’s interest in examining whether a private company should run the Osawatomie hospital.

The federal government in December pulled funding from the Osawatomie hospital after finding problems. It’s costing the state up to $1 million a month.

 

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