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Dave Ranney, Senior Writer/Editor, is a journalist who has covered state government for the Harris News Service, the Wichita Eagle and, most recently, the Lawrence Journal-World. He has a special interest in social services. Ranney received the Burton W. Marvin Kansas News Enterprise Award in 2000. The award recognizes outstanding reporting by a Kansas newspaper. Ranney, who holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology, worked with adults with developmental disabilities for eight years before becoming a reporter.
Valeo Behavioral Health Care hopes its new facility will mean fewer mentally ill adults are referred to Osawatomie State Hospital or end up in jail.
The new rule, due to take effect Jan. 1, 2015, requires state Medicaid programs to pay home care workers minimum wage and overtime. But Kansas has asked the Department of Labor to exempt Kansas from the ruling or delay its implementation.
The event’s keynote speaker stressed the importance of helping business leaders recognize the economic benefits of breastfeeding.
The coalition will provide services aimed at reducing the number of people with severe mental illnesses who are referred to Osawatomie State Hospital or end up in the state’s correctional system.
“We’ve been going out and meeting with people in those communities,” said KDADS Assistant Secretary Lea Taylor, addressing a statewide conference on law enforcement training and mental health crises.
The projects were developed by the Governor’s Mental Health Task Force and the Governor’s Law Enforcement Behavioral Health Advisory Council.
Administration officials told the Children's Cabinet director that it would be “unwise to move forward” in applying for a Preschool Development Grant without first conferring with the Kansas Legislature.
Similar sessions have been held in Manhattan, Abilene and Wamego.
The initiative, which will cost about $10,000, is expected to affect 424 teens and young adults.
Kansas Health Summit on Breastfeeding organizers expect 200 people - doctors, nurses, program directors, advocates - to attend the daylong session in Wichita.