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Inspectors “Alarmed” by Staffing Shortages at State Mental Health Hospital

Larned State Hospital has suffered high turnover among employees, many of whom have been asked to work 12- or 16-hour shifts. Efforts to hire additional workers has been stymied by the relatively low pay offered, the rural setting, and the difficult working conditions. (Photo illustration by Cathy McNorton/KHI)

A new report is painting a troubling picture of the Larned State Hospital. Written by a team of inspectors, the report says understaffing is putting patients at the mental-health facility at risk. We get more from Jim McLean of the KHI News Service.

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