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SDS secretary's policy affects Larned State Hospital

SRS to continue to treat mentally ill patients

Photo by PHIL CAUTHON KHI News Service Pedro Moreno, deputy secretary at the Kansas Department of Social Rehabilitation Services, recently made controversial comments in light of the budget cuts in state spending.

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KHI News Service
TOPEKA — The head of the state welfare agency has countermanded controversial comments made recently by a top deputy to a group of mental health advocates.
Pedro Moreno, deputy secretary at the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services, met July 27 with members of the Mental Health Coalition of Kansas.
Moreno, who heads disability and behavioral services at the agency, said he planned to ask the state’s judges to take into consideration SRS’ budget situation and the capacities of the state hospitals before committing persons to the facilities. Admission to the hospitals is restricted to those ...

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