Senate Committee Agrees With Closing 1 KNI Cottage

By: AP (Posted by Josh Mabry)
By: AP (Posted by Josh Mabry)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ A Kansas Senate committee agrees with a recommendation to close one of the 21 residential cottages at the Kansas Neurological Institute in Topeka.

State officials say closing the cottage and redistributing its residents to other cottages would save $753,000.

The Senate Ways and Means Committee agreed on Monday with a recommendation from the House budget committee to close the one building.

KNI serves those with severe developmental and physical disabilities. It currently has 163 beds and 153 residents.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports the House budget committee recommended using the savings from the closure to provide home- and community-based services to 15 disabled Kansans on a Medicaid waiver list.

Twelve jobs would be eliminated but no layoffs are expected because of redistribution and attrition.

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Information from: The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal, http://www.cjonline.com


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