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Concerns about residential psych treatment for foster kids


October 13, 2017

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Lawmakers and advocates are raising concerns that Kansas foster children are suffering from a sharp reduction in youth psychiatric residential treatment facilities and shorter stays in them.

The number of such facilities dropped from 17 to eight between 2011 and this past August, while the available beds shrank 65 percent from 780 to 272, according to data provided Tuesday to an oversight panel at the Statehouse.

Officials from Saint Francis Community Services and KVC Health Systems, the private companies that run foster care in Kansas, said losing psychiatric faciliti...

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