Governor Laura Kelly Signed Executive Directive Authorizing Pay Increases for Direct Care Staff at Larned State Hospital

For Immediate Release

December 3, 2019

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Cara Sloan-Ramos

Public Information Officer

– Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS) Secretary Laura Howard announced today that an executive directive signed last week by Governor Laura Kelly authorized increases in pay for direct care staff at Larned State Hospital (LSH). The order took effect December 1, 2019.

“KDADS’ state hospital employees do important and meaningful work every day that has a direct impact on the quality of life for some of our most vulnerable citizens,” Governor Kelly said. “ was proud to sign this directive to support them in those efforts as part of my commitment to our state workforce.”

Pay increases will affect more than 325 current benefits eligible employees and new hires in positions with the job titles listed:


Pay Grade Step Increase

Client Training Supervisor (CTS)


Licensed Mental Health Technician (LMHT)


Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)


LPN, Senior


Mental Health Developmental Disability Technician (MHDDT)


Safety and Security Officer I (SSO I)

(step 16 of Pay Grade 19 becomes entry step)

SSO Lieutenant


Safety Security Officer II (SSO II)


“Pay increases are part of a continuing effort by KDADS to address staffing and retention challenges at our state hospitals,” Secretary Howard said. “Fundamentally, we are working to lower overtime costs and hours worked, reduce turnover and unfilled positions, and give our human resource experts tools to enhance recruitment and retention efforts.”

“We operate in a very unique situation in western Kansas, where the number of workforce applicants is smaller than other areas in the state and we compete with other state agencies for those qualified applicants,” said LSH Superintendent Lesia Dipman. “This increase will not only move us toward reducing the disparity in pay levels with facilities in the surrounding area, it will help us acknowledge the work our dedicated staff does every day to provide excellent treatment to our residents.”

Implementing these pay increases is the result of dedicated involvement from and collaboration with Governor Kelly, the Secretaries of KDADS and the Kansas Department of Administration, and the Kansas Organization of State Employees.

KDADS assumed responsibility for administering the state’s hospitals in July 2012.