Kansas Agency Lifts Restrictions on Some Services

By: AP
By: AP

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ The state is no longer blocking access to in-home services for the physically disabled.

The Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services says it started a rolling waiting list for those services Monday. In-home services are designed to keep the disabled from going into nursing homes.

In December, SRS officials imposed a freeze because of budget problems. That meant people could not start receiving the services, even if someone else stopped receiving them.

But legislators added $10.4 million to the budget for the fiscal year that ends June 30 for such services.

Now, SRS officials say they will permit one person to start obtaining services for every two people who drop them.

But SRS officials said the additional funds wouldn't be enough to continue the ``rolling'' waiting list through the next fiscal year.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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