Kansas kids are waiting for phychiatric help

Governor-elect Kelly ‘stunned’ by agency’s lack of action

More than 100 Kansas youth are waiting for residential psychiatric care because of a shortage of treatment beds across the state.

On Tuesday, Gov-elect Laura Kelly voiced displeasure with that.

“I’m stunned, honestly, that your agency has not done anything concrete to deal with that issue,” Kelly told Susan Fout, deputy secretary of the Kansas Department of Aging and Disability Services.

Fout acknowledged the struggles in the system and the difficulty in finding available residential beds.

“We know we’re not doing the service we need to for the youngsters. Kids are getting lost,” Fout said.

Kelly won election last month in part on promises to reform the state’s child welfare system and rebuild dysfunctional state agencies. Her comments suggest she wants significant changes when she assumes office in January.


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