Jim McLean, KHI News Service

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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