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Reorganization of State Agencies Takes Effect

SRSA promised reorganization of Kansas SRS and the Kansas Department on Aging has been completed. Governor Sam Brownback will host a formal ribbon-cutting ceremony today (MON) launching the revamped...and renamed... agencies. The new Department for Aging and Disability Services will administer Medicaid for Kansans who are aged or disabled. KPR’s Stephen Koranda spoke with Secretary Shawn Sullivan. He says they’ve been reaching out to the groups that work with people who will be served by the new department.

That's Shawn Sullivan, secretary of the Department for Aging and Disability Services.

The Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services is the other agency that's been restructured. Its name has been changed to the Department for Children and Families. The agency will no longer administer Medicaid programs. Secretary Phyllis Gilmore says the change will allow them to focus better on their primary goals, which she says are strengthening families and programs like child protective services.

That’s Phyllis Gilmore, secretary of the Department of Children and Families. She spoke with KPR’s Stephen Koranda. The public is invited to attend the kick-off celebration for the newly-restructured agencies. It takes place at 10 o'clock this (MON) morning, on the south apron of the Kansas Statehouse.  



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