Kansas mental hospital regains certification

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -

Kansas officials say one of the state's mental hospitals has regained federal certification for one of its housing units.

The Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services confirmed Tuesday that Osawatomie State Hospital had passed its second federal inspection within four months.

Secretary Tim Keck granted an exclusive interview to The Associated Press before the agency's official announcement.

The hospital is about 50 miles (80 kilometers) southwest of Kansas City. State officials worked for two years to address safety issues and making extensive renovations to lessen the risk of patient suicides.

The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' decision in December 2015 to revoke the hospital's certification was costing Kansas up to $1 million a month in federal funds.


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