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Garden City Telegram (Newspaper) - September 5, 2015, Garden City, KansasThe Garden City Telegram saturday september 5, 2015 a5 that several years later the a acc which houses about 143 juvenile offenders still does not adequately supervise juvenile offenders. Legislative Post audit recommended in its newly released report that a acc develop and implement a More formal and documented process to verify officers performed checks As required. In August the a acc adopted the same electronic log process used at other Kansas department of corrections facilities. The audit notes a acc officials will continue to instruct supervisors to perform spot checks of duties performed by staff and will use coaching and discipline when discrepancies continue to occur. We will continue to focus on incrementally enhancing our efforts and outcomes department of corrections Secretary Ray Roberts wrote in response to the audit. This will include a More comprehensive Quality Assurance practice to spot Check compliance with supervision requirements for you in general population segregation and suicide precaution statuses. Auditors tested a random Sample of 11 suicide precaution logs and were Able to review video surveillance on three of the logs. Auditors found that in All three logs where video was available workers Hadnot performed the necessary visual checks. In one Case the audit said an offender who was supposed to be checked 12 times Over the course of three hours was checked Only three times. In the other two cases video footage included extended blacked out periods because of inactivity. Auditors said this indicates officers did not perform checks. In another instance a review of video footage showed a period of inactivity lasting about two hours for an inmate who was supposed to receive checks at least every 15 minutes. Another period of inactivity lasted 45 minutes. In All three cases described above officers had documented that checks were completed during the periods where we saw no evidence of checks on surveillance footage the audit reads. This Issue is More significant than staff incorrectly documenting checks. Documenting that checks were completed when they were not undermines Kyc cos control Structure to ensure suicide precaution checks occur As required. Brownback unclear on Kypers privatization continued from Page a1 Money her organization provides is sometimes the largest source of funding for Many of the agencies. I see our agencies getting Cut Federal Grants state Grants and City and county funding they re seeing big cuts to their agencies. So we Hope to kind of make up some of that so they can keep their doors open Escareno said. A More competitive Grant process is also making it More difficult for the agencies she said. I feel for them because i used to be on the other Side of the table and thatus before Grants got As competitive As they Are now. I cant imagine that struggle to worry about where the next Dollar is coming from Escareno said. She said Many of the agencies provide very Low Cost or free services to Finney county residents. We do have a High rate of poverty and so its really important that we keep our funding up Escareno said. That is what makes the United ways annual fundraising Campaign so important she said. This years Campaign kicked off aug. 19. So far about $ 112,000 has been raised toward the $ 570,000 goal. Funds raised will be distributed in 2016. Much of the Money raised so far has come from Pace setter organizations businesses that do their own United Way campaigns prior to the campaigns official kick off. They kind of set the Pace for our Campaign Escareno said. And thatus where a lot of the funding that we have so far came from. Escareno said historically almost half the Campaign goal about 45 percent comes from Tyson fresh foods. Escareno said the United Way staff Board members and staff members from the 23 partner agencies will make a presentation at Tyson next week As part of an internal Campaign for employees there to give a payroll deduction to donate to United Way. That brings usually $ 250,000, she said. Escareno described Tyson employees As extremely generous. I think when they move to our Community they understand How important those agencies Are to getting people started and on their feet and that kind of thing she said. She said Tyson corporate offices match about 25 percent of what their employees give. Escareno said the United Way will also conduct similar campaigns at us 457, Garden City Community College Hydro resources Northern natural Gas Chesapeake Energy the City of Garden City and Finney county. Organizations seeking funding must submit an application every year. United Way does a site visit and the Agency appears before the United Way Board for an allocation hearing. The Campaign wraps up at the end of 2015, Escareno said. For every Dollar raised the United Way donates 85 cents to its partner agencies. Weave worked really hard to keep administrative costs Down and its really showing Escareno said. I strongly believe that our donors work hard to make a living and when they donate to the United Way and Trust us to do the right thing then we need to take that very seriously and we do. Last year the organizations total pledge amount was $ 632,000, about 15 percent of which was never received Escareno said because Peoples circumstances change. The 23 partner agencies for the 2016 Campaign include big Brothers big Sisters of Finney and Kearny counties Catholic social service communities in schools Community Day care Center inc. Family crisis services inc. Finney county retired senior Volunteer program a sep Garden City family Myca Garden City recreation commission Garden City area chapter of the american red Cross girl scouts of Kansas heartland Kansas childrens service league meals on wheels Miles of smiles real men real leaders Russell child development Center Santa be Trail Council boy scouts of America building blocks Southeast asian Mutual assistance association spirit of the Plains Casa inc. The salvation army United cerebral palsy of Kansas United methodist mexican american ministries and seeds of Hope jail ministry. United Way helping the Community continued from Page a1 Arentt in the appropriate car seat or not in one at All. Theress a lot of expectations for kids when they re growing that they dont need anything or that the parents assume its not going to happen to us its going to happen to somebody else we drive carefully a Devora said. Convertible car seats which can be installed in a car facing Forward or backward make up the majority of the car seats Given out at Rcd Devora said. They re Able to follow the child from the Hospital to probably 2 or 3 years old Devora said. In the event of a car crash backward facing car seats Are More Likely to prevent whiplash in infants whose spines Are still developing Devora said. Rcd also provides a variety of free services outside of the family vehicle. The tiny k program helps infants with developmental delays and disabilities and the building blocks project provides in Home visits behavioural health interventions Early literacy programs health Check ups English and Spanish information materials Parent support groups to clients in 19 area counties. The Kansas childrens service leagues Early head Start program offers weekly Home visits for expectant mothers or parents of toddlers and has openings for the Early head Start program in Garden City Liberal Hugoton and Satanta. Kids aged three to five in vulnerable families can get Early education and other services through Kcal head Start program at Home or in a classroom setting in Finney Gray Grant Haskell Kearney Scott Seward Stanton Stevens and Wichita counties. Christie Reed director of both programs said Home visits by Kcal provide educational activities based on the Childs current development like walking and making a House Safe for a baby. We can help parents with making sure that the child gets sees a doctor and has insurance Reed said. If a Parent needs to go Back to school or get a better Job Well help facilitate that process. Whenever they re in crisis Well help them Access appropriate services. As a federally funded Agency Kcal is meant to serve the most needy families Reed said. Priority is Given to people at or below the poverty level homeless families Foster care kids and kids who have developmental delays Reed said. Although we do accept other families its based on whether weave filled those priority slots. Parents can Call pcs los help line 24 hours a Day at 1 800 children. Mothers in Southwest Kansas who find themselves sleep deprived and up late at night can also find resources on Facebook. Ashley Boyts Oyler a 37 year old Garden City Mother of five boys is an administrator for the Saks breastfeeding & parenting group on Facebook. Maybe its four in the morning and you a vent slept in 24 hours theress probably going to be another mom thatus on Facebook at that time Boyst Oyler said. Its Nice to have someone there to speak with and say hey you can always sleep next year right a the group consists of about 650 mothers doctors chiropractors and other professionals who share medical advice and opinions on parenting. Members share articles related to pregnancy breastfeeding formula feeding different parenting styles childrens behaviour issues and other social and emotional development issues. Members of the Facebook Page Host a breastfeeding support group in Garden City in the evenings Boyts Oyler said that is regularly visited by Janet Colson an International Board certified lactation consultant with St. Catherine. It is hard As a new Parent to connect with people Boyts Oyler said. I think parenting is such an All consuming Endeavor that it can be really difficult for moms and dads to connect with previous social circles. Parenting resources plentiful in the area continued from Page a1 wow. Senior enteric. Com transportation. Huml we get you where you need to go this project funded in part by the Dot Public transit program. Lift equipped. 240970 1008n 11th Gard monday Friday 6am 7pm general Public transportation Call 620 272 3626 Finney county transit 1008 n. 11th, Garden City is pick ups hourly As posted at bus stops Ada Par transit available for qualified applicants City link 241885

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