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Kansas State School for the Blind: Unleashing the power of independence

Established in 1867, Kansas State School for the Blind is perched on a hilly, leafy 10-acre campus at 1100 State Ave. in Kansas City, Kan. Like any other learning institution, the school focuses on preparing students for a viable career — except that its student body is blind and visually impaired, and, aside from a small on-campus population, is scattered throughout the state.

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In a year of turmoil, mental health center finds financial stability, but state questions remain

Not quite one year ago, the agency that provides mental health services for some of Johnson County’s neediest residents was in turmoil. Revenues were so low, the Johnson County Mental Health Center needed an emergency cash infusion to end the year with a positive balance. The executive director had been placed on administrative leave. And clients were worried about cuts in services, particularly to vocational and teen substance abuse programs.