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State Hospital in Osawatomie May Freeze Admissions Due to Renovation

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Osawatomie State Hospital is being forced to transfer or discharge 21 patients as it prepares for renovations. The Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services announced Tuesday that the facility's occupancy will be reduced to 146 from 167 until its ceilings can be upgraded to be safer. It also said it expects the hospital will have to stop taking additional patients until the renovations are completed in October. In the past six months federal officials have twice threatened to withhold federal funding from the hospital due to poor conditions and overcrowding. KDADS spokeswoman Gina Meier-Hummel says the renovations will cost $3 million and that most of the affected patients will be moved to assisted living facilities, nursing homes and other community mental health centers.

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