Crittenton Agency In Topeka Takes Budget Hits

By: AP posted by Carissa Fox
By: AP posted by Carissa Fox

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ A 111-year-old agency in Topeka that
provides residential and outpatient care for at-risk girls is
fighting back after losing almost one-third of its budget in the
last two years.

Florence Crittenton lost Medicaid funding as the number of
clients it helped declined. And United Way of Greater Topeka
stopped funding the organization.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports (http://bit.ly/HlkMkB ) the
agency has responded by adding four new programs it hopes will
bring in more revenue, while also improving community service.

Crittenton was once known primarily as a sanctuary for pregnant
teenagers. It now offers an outpatient therapy clinic, an exercise
program, a wellness program and respite services on the weekends
for severely emotionally distressed children.

CEO JoLana Pinon says the agency knew it needed to diversify and
losing the funding provided motivation.


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