Mon November 5, 2012
KS Officials To Discuss Disabled Waiting List
Two top officials in Governor Sam Brownback's administration are preparing to make an announcement about the waiting list faced by hundreds of physically disabled Kansans seeking in-home services.
Lieutenant Governor Jeff Colyer and Aging and Disability Services Secretary Shawn Sullivan have planned a Statehouse news conference Monday. The administration didn't provide details before the event.
Advocates have filed complaints based on a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that says states must provide services to people with disabilities. Earlier this year, negotiations broke down between the Brownback administration and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and HHS forwarded the waiting list complaints to the Justice Department.
Sullivan told legislators in September that the state is trying to reorganize the waiting lists to determine who still needs services.