Skip to Full Menu

Providing information, education, and training to build knowledge, develop skills, and change attitudes that will lead to increased independence, productivity, self determination, integration and inclusion (IPSII) for people with developmental disabilities and their families.

State Agency Accused Of Retaliation Against Service Provider
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
November 7, 2003

TOPEKA, KANSAS--An attorney has accused the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services (SRS) of retaliating against a provider of community-based services because the provider is involved in a suit against the state agency.

"This is outrageous," said Jim Kaup, an attorney who represents a coalition of community groups that are suing SRS for failing to provide adequate funds for programs that keep people with developmental disabilities out of institutions.

Kaup said that a September 3 letter to Tri-Valley Developmental Services from SRS amounted to a threat to cut funding for the program.

According to Kaup, the letter instructed Tri-Valley to accept a 15-year-old boy with autism who is being kept at Parsons State Hospital -- or else SRS would pull its contract with Tri-Valley.

Tri-Valley's executive director says the agency does not have enough money to serve the boy.

The letter came after the boy was added as a plaintiff to the lawsuit against SRS.

"The message is pretty clear," Kaup said. "Keep this up and we'll put you out of business."

The state had not responded to inquiries from the Lawrence Journal-World by the press time.

Related article:
"SRS accused of threatening party in suit against state" (Lawrence Journal-World)


©2018 The Minnesota Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities
 370 Centennial Office Building  658 Cedar Street   St. Paul, Minnesota 55155 
Phone: 651.296.4018   Toll-free number: 877.348.0505   MN Relay Service: 800.627.3529 OR 711   Fax: 651.297.7200 
Email:   View Privacy Policy   An Equal Opportunity Employer 

The GCDD is funded under the provisions of P.L. 106-402. The federal law also provides funding to the Minnesota Disability Law Center,the state Protection and Advocacy System, and to the Institute on Community Integration, the state University Center for Excellence. The Minnesota network of programs works to increase the IPSII of people with developmental disabilities and families into community life.