State To Cut Jobs At KNI, Larned Hospitals

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- Kansas officials say more than 50 jobs will be eliminated at state hospitals in Topeka and Larned in an effort to save up to $3 million.

The Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services says it will eliminate 35 jobs at the Kansas Neurological Institute in Topeka and about two dozen jobs at Larned State Hospital.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports most of the job reductions will come from resignations or retirements.

Under a proposal to be presented to the Legislature, the savings would be used for employee raises, hiring at least three more psychiatrists and covering reductions in federal aid.

The plan includes eliminating administrative positions at KNI and consolidating two residence buildings. Clinical and dental services will be merged or reduced within about six months.

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