Kansas to Move More than 100 Psychiatric Hospital Inmates
Associated Press - April 8, 2016 1:53 pm
The state of Kansas is moving more than 100 mental health inmates from a state psychiatric hospital in Topeka to several facilities run by multiple agencies in an effort to relieve a staffing shortage.
The Wichita Eagle reports that the Kansas Department of Aging and Disability Services will transfer 60 mental health inmates from special units at Larned State Hospital to a Kansas Department of Corrections facility on the same campus, starting Monday.
A Kansas Department of Aging and Disability Services spokeswoman says the inmates were in a unit at the hospital as part of a 2006 agreement meant to alleviate overcrowding at the adjacent correctional facility.
The department plans to gradually transfer the inmates back to the Department of Corrections and shut down two units in the state hospital to address the staffing shortage.