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Caregivers Union Calls for Improvements in Services for People with Disabilities

By Elana Gordon


Prairie Village, KS – About 100 caregivers in Johnson County are urging the state to protect services for people with disabilities. They're part of a statewide campaign that the Service Employees International Union launched earlier this week. Christopher Glenn says the state may not pay contracted caregivers, like him, for the total number of hours of care that a person with disabilities actually needs.

Glenn: Especially if you're working with a family member, you don't even have the money to provide for yourself or that family member.

The Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation services is also doing a study on the working conditions of caregivers to better identify the costs of providing such care.

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