Friday, January 22, 2010

Kansas Family Awaits Help

Kansas Governor Mark Parkinson says the state faces its worst economic crisis since the Great Depression -- and it's not over. While residents wait to see how the state legislature deal with the problem, the journalists at the Kansas Health Institute are doing some great reporting on how state budget cuts are likely to hurt real people. Here's one of Dave Ranney's stories.

OLATHE, KS. -- About five years ago, Leslie Debrabander invited a woman from Johnson County Developmental Services to her home to talk about the possibility of getting services for her daughter.
Abby Debrabander, then age 5, has multiple physical and developmental disabilities.
"We talked about Abby and the services she would need and what was available," Debrabander said. "When we were through I asked her when she thought we'd get started and she said it would probably be seven or seven and a half years. I couldn't believe it."

Here are other articles from the series:
Waiting Lists For State Services Expected to Grow

Parents Await Help For 'Differently-Abled' Son

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