March 10, 2010
TOPEKA, KANSAS-- [Excerpt] Advocates for Kansans with disabilities on Tuesday stood at the entrance of the parking garage at the Capitol handing out information to legislators about budget cuts to social services.
The advocates, some dressed as the Grim Reaper, had set up white crosses to represent Kansans who they believe have died while on a waiting list for state services.
“We’re sending a message to legislators that people are in crisis,” said Greg Jones, an advocate from Parsons.
More than 1,800 people with physical disabilities are on a waiting list for home- and community-based services. The program is designed to help keep people out of more expensive nursing home care and provide a more independent quality of life.
The State Independent Living Council said 58 people have died while on the waiting list.
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