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Kansas House Eliminates Proposed Budget's Freeze on KNI Admissions

KNIThe Kansas House has voted against a one-year freeze on new admissions to the Kansas Neurological Institute. The Topeka facility provides care for people with severe developmental disabilities. Opponents of the freeze said there aren't other options for some people needing KNI's services. Trent LeDoux (LUH-doo) is a Holton Republican.

A bipartisan group of legislators voted to eliminate the freeze on admissions. The freeze was part of a $14 billion budget that House members are still debating. (As of 3:30 pm)




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The Kansas House is debating that chamber’s budget proposal. The $14 billion budget is mostly in line with a proposal from Governor Sam Brownback. Some of the debate focused on spending for Kansans with disabilities. The budget included a one-year freeze on admitting new residents to KNI. Representative Crum says community based services offer a cheaper alternative to meeting people’s needs.


Legislators also approved an amendment to increase spending for community mental health centers.

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