Gaston | Editor
LYNDON—The Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation
Services (SRS) is restructuring its offices statewide, a process
which will include merging six regions into four and the closing
of nine service centers – Coffeyville, Fort Scott, Garnett,
Lawrence, Lyndon, Marysville, McPherson, Pratt and Wellington.
According to a press release distributed by SRS, the considerations
for selecting offices for closure were caseload size, proximity
to other SRS offices, and the ongoing focus on providing services
in the most cost efficient means possible.
“It’s a process that takes several months,”
said SRS spokesman Rachel Whitten. “Case loads have to be
reassigned and worked out where they’ll go, and we have
to figure out where the workers will go. We’re going to
take our time and make sure it’s done right.”
The state had 106 SRS offices, at least one in each county, before
scaling back significantly between 2003 and 2007, when they closed
63 offices. Following the closure of the next 11 offices, there
will be 33. Osage County alone has hundreds of cases, which will
likely be serviced by remaining offices in Emporia, Ottawa and
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