SRS Secretary Rob Siedlecki recently toured Larned State Hospital alongside
local elected officials and employees.
During the tour, the Secretary put to rest pervasive rumors
about closure plans for the facility, instead affirming he wants every available
position at the facility filled.
“Larned State Hospital is a first-class facility and I was
glad to visit and tour,” Secretary Siedlecki said. “My goal was to see how
everything runs. SRS wants to run more efficient and more effective while
delivering the highest quality services. I want open communication and I will
come back to Larned if I have to.”
Employees expressed a number of concerns about everything
from a lack of utilization of available bed space, to a phone system in the
sexual predator treatment program that may not have adequate restrictions. The
Secretary promised to look into the issues and address them with the Kansas
Legislature in January if necessary.
While in the area, the Secretary took advantage of an
opportunity to tour the Great Bend SRS Service Center. The 50 employees at the
Great Bend Service Center welcomed the chance to hear the secretary speak and
were excited to meet him as he toured the office, as was the Secretary.
“I love getting out here and meeting our hardworking
employees,” Secretary Siedlecki said.