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Federal Officials Investigate Kansas Disabled Services Waiting List


TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Complaints about possible civil rights violations arising from waiting lists for physically disabled Kansans seeking state services have been sent to the U.S. Department of Justice. The Lawrence Journal-World reports that the federal Office of Civil Rights unsuccessfully tried to negotiate a voluntary settlement with Governor Sam Brownback's administration. At issue is whether Kansas is doing enough to provide services to disabled residents who in some cases have been on waiting lists for three years. A U.S. Supreme Court decision requires states to provide services to people with disabilities. Officials with the U.S. Attorney's Office for Kansas are meeting with the Department of Justice to consider further action. Brownback's office did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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