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Governor Kelly says state mental hospital needs changes

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly says a troubled unit within a state hospital for the mentally ill is “not a therapeutic environment” and promised changes.

The Wichita Eagle reports that Kelly discussed the latest problems at Osawatomie State Hospital on Thursday after federal inspectors again threatened to pull Medicare funding.  Kelly says the 60-bed Adair Acute Care unit is “way too small to have 60 people with some serious mental health issues in that one place.”

She says state officials are working on improvement plans to lower the number of patients in the unit and provide beds elsewhere.

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