Independent Living Centers in Southwest Kansas Close
KSCB News - March 9, 2011 5:58 am
GARDEN CITY, Kan. (AP) – An independent living center in Garden
City and two related offices in Liberal and Dodge City were
abruptly closed amid questions about its financial dealings.
Garden City’s Center for Independent Living for Southwest Kansas
closed Monday, shortly after an emergency meeting with the center’s
The centers serve about 500 clients in 35 counties, helping
disabled people to live independently.
The Garden City Telegram reported Tuesday that a state audit
found issues involving more than $1 million.
Bill Miskell, spokesman for the Department of Social and
Rehabilitation Services, says the state ended contracts with the
group last week, but it was the center’s board of directors that
decided to close the facilities.
Former interim director Victor Otero says employees were told
the center closed because of mismanagement of funds.