Dave Ranney

Senior Writer/Editor

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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.

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KDHE surveyors sent to Osawatomie State Hospital

CMS to review findings from visit to over-census mental health facility

The 206-bed inpatient facility for adults with severe and persistent mental illnesses this week had 235 patients.

Groups agree overuse of antipsychotic drugs an issue in Kansas nursing homes

Advocates say societal change required to reduce reliance on medication for dementia patients

The leaders of two state organizations say far too many nursing homes have come to rely on using antipsychotic drugs to control residents’ dementia-driven behaviors.

KDHE releases updated health risk data

For the 2013 Kansas Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System survey, KDHE workers conducted telephone interviews with 20,000 randomly selected adults throughout Kansas

New clinic serves adult survivors of childhood cancer

The Survivorship Transition Clinic, a project of the Midwest Cancer Alliance, the University of Kansas Medical Center and Children's Mercy Hospital, will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 6.

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KanCare initiative concerns parents of developmentally disabled adults

KDADS officials say beneficiaries free to opt out of health homes

A health home initiative announced by KDADS encourages but does not require KanCare companies to let developmentally disabled Kansans keep their current case managers if they so choose.

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State scrutiny of Early Head Start programs prompts questions

DCF officials say fraud concerns reason for audits; program directors skeptical

A Wichita-based Early Head Start program has opted to go without nearly $1 million in funding because of difficulties dealing with a state agency.

Crisis intervention center to open in Topeka

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.

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Ruling on in-home Medicaid services creates questions for providers, beneficiaries

New overtime pay requirement expected to increase Kansas costs by at least $13M

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.

Campaign launched to improve state's breastfeeding rate

Kansas hopes to move up from 42nd spot in 2011 survey

The event’s keynote speaker stressed the importance of helping business leaders recognize the economic benefits of breastfeeding.

KDADS awards $1M to south-central Kansas mental health coalition

Crisis services aim to reduce numbers at state hospitals, prisons

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.

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