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Brownback proposes $2 million for Larned hospital

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- Gov. Sam Brownback's administration is asking the Legislature for about $2 million to alleviate staffing problems at Larned State Hospital.

The hospital for the mentally ill is in danger of losing its federal certification because of the inadequate staffing. Losing the federal certification could cost the state $14.5 million a year. The hospital also houses the state's sexual predator treatment program.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports (http://bit.ly/IgLu14 ) the administration is seeking $993,000 to hire 23 direct care staff. Another $940,000 would be used to increase pay for nurses.

State hospitals in Parsons, Osawatomie and Kansas City, Kan. have also reported being understaffed. All the hospitals are facing major increases in overtime costs.

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Information from: Lawrence Journal-World, http://www.ljworld.com