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State social workers also in short supply

Add the Kansas Department for Children and Families to the growing list of state agencies having trouble recruiting and retaining workers. Nearly a quarter of social workers with DCF left the job in a yearlong period ending Dec. 1, 2015, the Kansas Health Institute News Service reported. Also, there were 67 vacant positions at the end of last year, a sharp increase in vacancies from the previous year. As with the state hospitals, corrections system, the Kansas Highway Patrol and other agencies, part of the problem is low pay. “We are not really competitive with salaries,” DCF Secretary Phyllis Gilmore told a House committee last week. – Phillip Brownlee