Garden City Telegram from Garden City, Kansas on June 2, 1971 · Page 10
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Garden City Telegram from Garden City, Kansas · Page 10

Garden City, Kansas
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Wednesday, June 2, 1971
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State Mental Health Training Program Endangered By LEW FERGUSON Associated Press Writer TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Kan- •ais' mental health training pro- igram, for over two 'decades a mieoea of psychiatry, is endangered by the current fiscal climate of state government, says Dr. Robert A. Haines. Dr. Haines, director of the Division of Institutional Management in the state Department of Social Welfare, has juggled more figures than a mathematician in recent months trying to keep budget cuts from disrupting the train- Ing program.' "If we dion't unscramble this financing business, I know we won't have much of a training program in a few years," he said in an interview. The psychiatric residency program, which since the late 1940s bias been recognized as a leader in turning out psychiatrists, is threatened, Dr. Haines -said, because the state is not remaining competitive in what it pays doctors going through flhe program. "It's sffll a darn good program; there's no question about that," Dr. Haines said, "but this financing still has me on a teeter-totter about it." Ten of 22 doctors in the psychiatric residency program at Topeka 'State Hospital are leaving July 1, he disclosed. A couple are going into the Menninger Foundation program here, amid the remainder are leaving the state. Haines said many of them were upset by the turmoil over finances during the recent session of the Legislature and the uncertainty whether the training program would be. funded at all. v Also, he added, the public administration service pay scale of $8,500 for the first year, $9,000 for the second year and $9,500 for the third year is not competitive. ; Effective July 1, the Menninger School of Psychiatry is raising what it pays doctors in its program to $11,000 the first year, $12,000 the , second year and $13,000 the third.. The Veterans Administration Hospital has authority to match any program in the area, and also will go to $11,000, $12,000 and $13,000. Withdrawal of the \Q doctors will leave Haines and the Board of Social Welfare some money which might be used to raise Hie stipends for the 12 doctors who are staying, but no decisions have been made. The state Finance Council would have to approve raising the stipends. "If we don't have stipends which attract individuals, then they'll go elsewhere to work," decides to go elsewhere after three years and not to <a Kansas hospital. The trainees work as physicians while in training. Haines originally asked for $1.3 miffion during fiscal year 1972 to finance the training program. Budget Director James W. Bibb altowed no money for the program in drawing up the proposed budget for Gov. Robert Docking last fall. After Haines and his staff, appealed total elimination of funds for the training program, Docking recommended to the Legislature that the program be'given $750,000 for next year. Then, during the legislative session, Haines polled superintendents of the various in- stitutions to get their opinions on what could or couldn't be cut. ' None of the superintendents wanted the chaplaincy, psychologist or therapist programs cut at their institutions. That left Haines, with "a lot of trouble",, figuring out how to make $750,000 stretch to fund the psychiatric training pro- gram as well. Money for training psychiatric aides was eliminated from the budget, but Haines juggled his books to pay the aides from the salary budget and no reductions were necessary in this program. Haines also transferred some faculty members from the training program budget to the salary budget. After doing all this juggling, Haines returned to Docking and asked for $225.000 additional funds to pay the doctors already .in the training program. This was the cost of financing 12 five-year career positions. "I said I thought we had a moral obligation to help these people complete their train- ing," Haines said. Docking asked the House Ways and Means Committee to add the $225,000, and the Legislature agreed—approving a total of $975,000 to continue the training program, a reduction of more than a third of a million dollars from Haines' original request. . He believes the program has Poge 11 Garden City Telegram Wednesday, June 2, 1971 been wired together for another year, but is fearful of what the future holds. "I feel strongly it won't go on _ unless we get some changes," i<he said. Also, the state pays $21,000 for starting psychiatrists at its institutions once they get out of the three-year training program. ''They can go elsewhere for $24,000," Haines said. 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