SRS Goes To One Hotline

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ The state welfare agency is moving to a single telephone number for people to call when reporting possible child abuse and neglect.

A task force recommended having a single number for the Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services. The task force said the change would streamline the investigation of complaints.

Gov. Kathleen Sebelius appointed the task force after two girls in Wichita, aged 6 and 7, were removed from their stepmother's home. Police said they'd been tortured and starved for months.

SRS already had a statewide number, 1-800-922-5330, but also had six regional telephone numbers. Those numbers will operate until Nov. 30, but on Sept. 1, callers have heard a recorded message saying they'll stop after that date.