Kansas governor plans to merge social services agencies

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(AP Photo/John Hanna, File) (AP Photo/John Hanna, File)
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly plans to merge state agencies providing services to poor and troubled families, the elderly, the mentally ill and the developmentally disabled into a single large department.

Kelly said Wednesday that she believes Kansas residents now served by the Department for Children and Families and the Department for Aging and Disability Services will benefit from having a single “point of entry” into state government.

Her plan also would move juvenile justice programs from the Department of Corrections into her new Department of Human Services.

Her administration is stressing that it's not a move to cut costs or employees.

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