Do Not Confirm Phyllis Gilmore

Posted February 12, 2012 by kansaskoooh
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Phyllis Gilmore was the Executive Director of the KSBSRB, Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board for the past 11 years. The board was established in 1980 to license and regulate psychologists, social workers, professional counselors, master level psychologists, marriage and family therapists and addiction counselors.

If the KSBSRB receives a report of alleged violation of one of their licensed workers, the board makes a jurisdictional determination on whether or not to investigate which must meet two criteria.

1. “The complaint pertains to a profession or scope of practice regulated by the board”.
2. “The complaint alleges facts constituting noncompliance with, or violations of the rules, regulations, and/or Statutes, and/or Board ordered conditions governing the practice or conduct of the professional on whom the report is being filed”.

See the link here for the Investigation Policies and Procedures, KSBSRB March 2006

The December 11, 2006, Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board Complaint Review Committee Minutes show that there were several cases where the committee determined “lack of jurisdiction”. One of the cases included a child in SRS custody and the complaint was dismissed due to “lack of jurisdiction”. There was also a complaint that a licensed social worker violated the confidentiality of adoptive parents.

NOTE, Several complaints have been made against Social Workers and those have been

See this link for the Dec. 11, 2006 KSBSRB Committee Minutes

On March 18, 2008, in a closed meeting Phyllis Gilmore and Roger Skurlock were questioned about these cases that they refused to investigate which were noted on the Dec 11, 2006 meeting notes. During the meeting Gilmore and Skurlock claimed they investigate ALL allegations, but that isn’t the case.
Here is a clip from that meeting. Turn up your speakers, parts of the conversation are transcribed and you can read it. I would start at 1:00 minute into the video and at 1:35 you can read and hear the questioning of these cases:

No Surprise Here: “Her (Gilmore’s) private sector experience is primarily within the areas of adoption and health care.”
The Senate Confirmation Oversight Committee will debate whether to recommend the appointment to the full Senate, which will probably vote on Gilmore’s appointment within about a month. Contact every Senator in Kansas ASAP to recommend that Gilmore NOT be approved for this position.

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Unnecessary, overburdened

Posted January 29, 2010 by kansaskoooh
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Although officials in Reno County claim to be mystified at the obscenely high rate at which children are torn from their families in the county, there is a clue to why it’s happening right in your excellent story “Review of SRS status is ongoing,” Jan. 17. Tearing “ungovernable” children from their families and parking them in an institution with other “ungovernable” children for a couple of weeks may have been “cutting edge” in the 19th century. Now, it’s widely recognized as barbaric.

It doesn’t matter how kind the staff may be or how pretty the building, it’s still an institution and it’s still inherently harmful. And the foolishness of placing a bunch of children with behavior problems together right at the age when they are most vulnerable to peer pressure should be obvious. There are far better answers in such cases, such as wraparound programs, in which intensive help is brought right into the home – 24/7 if necessary – and it still costs less than institutionalizing children.

When a rate of removal is as sky high as Reno County’s, odds are a lot of children are being torn from everyone they know and love when family poverty is confused with “neglect.” In other cases, families may have real problems, but the right kinds of help could keep them safely together rather than subjecting the children to the enormous inherent trauma of foster care. One major study of 15,000 typical cases found that children left in their own homes fared better in later life even than comparably maltreated children placed in foster care. Other studies have found abuse in at least one in three foster homes. The record of group homes and institutions is worse.
And it’s not just the children wrongfully removed who suffer. The more that SRS caseworkers are overloaded with children who don’t need to be in foster care, the less time they have to find children in real danger – so more such cases are missed.

The problem is even worse than the official figures show. Unlike every other state, Kansas simply refuses to count a child as removed if he is sent home before the first court hearing. Add in those children and there is a good chance Kansas as a whole is the child-removal capital of America – and Reno County is, of course, far worse than the average for Kansas.

None of this means no child ever should be taken from her or his parents. But it does mean that foster care is an extremely toxic intervention that should be used sparingly and in small doses. Unfortunately, Kansas in general and Reno County in particular have been prescribing mega-doses of foster care, and the county’s children are suffering enormously for it. Kansas needs to learn from places that have rebuilt their systems to improve child safety by emphasizing family preservation.

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In The Best Interest Of The Child, Kansas Children have been Beat, Raped, Emotionally Abused AND Murdered

Posted January 24, 2010 by kansaskoooh
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Children are removed from the home when there is no abuse and then there are children such as Damion Thomas and Brooklyn Coons who are beat to death under the watch of the Kansas SRS Social Workers.
Adam Herrman was lost under their care and reports state he was physically and emotionally abused by his adoptive parents but the State could not look as if they made a bad decision and left Adam in this home. Adam has been missing since he was 11 or 12 years old! SRS Social Workers don’t even know what happened to Adam or when he went missing.
Adam born Irvin Groeninger III should have been with his biological father and this never would have happened. But no surprise, the Sedgwick County DA’s office terminated the parental rights of his biological parents.

The system is not working!

Kansas: Coffeyville couple sues SRS worker after granddaughter’s beating death

Posted January 24, 2010 by kansaskoooh
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Read more:
 Coffeyville couple sues SRS worker after granddaughter’s beating death


The Wichita Eagle



A family’s lawsuit accuses a state social worker of gross negligence, saying
she failed to protect a 23-month-old Coffeyville girl beaten to death by her
father’s meth-addicted girlfriend. 

The lawsuit, filed in federal court Tuesday, accuses SRS social worker Linda
Gillen of not taking steps to remove Brooklyn Coons and her brother from a
dangerous household after the maternal grandparents repeatedly raised concerns
about injuries to Brooklyn. 

The lawsuit — brought by Brooklyn’s maternal grandparents, Larry and Mary
Crosetto — contends Gillen “failed to act to protect their grandchildren because
of a pre-existing grudge.” The grudge involved actions the Crosettos took years
earlier in their adoption of Brooklyn’s mother, Angela Crosetto Coons, the
lawsuit says. 

Brooklyn’s death is a case of a social worker who remained determined to keep
children with a parent even when it put the children at serious risk, the
lawsuit contends. Other agencies that could have protected Brooklyn deferred to
SRS because they thought the social worker was taking steps to monitor the girl,
it says. 

In an interview, Larry Crosetto said Gillen, a licensed social worker with
the Coffeyville office of the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation
Services (SRS), “was aware there was a situation in that home. She didn’t
investigate and find out what the situation was. 

“What we hope to do is get SRS to act in these situations … and prevent it
from happening to another family,” Crosetto said. 

SRS won’t comment because of the pending litigation, spokeswoman Michelle
Ponce said Friday. 

Gillen remains employed as an SRS social worker, Ponce said. 

Gillen could not be reached for comment. 

The litigation is filed in federal court because of the argument that
Brooklyn and her survivors were denied their constitutional rights by the state,
said Randy Rathbun, a Wichita lawyer and former U.S. attorney for Kansas who is
representing the Crosettos in their lawsuit. 

The Kansas Attorney General’s Office prosecuted the girlfriend in Brooklyn’s
death, which occurred on Jan. 20, 2008. The girlfriend later married Brooklyn’s
father. On Dec. 30, 2009, a judge sentenced Melissa Wells Coons to life in
prison for the murder of Brooklyn. 

The same day the judge sentenced Melissa Coons, Brooklyn’s father, Randy
Coons, was charged with aggravated child endangerment, said Ashley Anstaett,
spokeswoman for the Attorney General’s Office. 

The lawsuit against Gillen seeks more than $75,000 in damages. 

The first loss 

The Crosettos had dealt with a tragic loss less than six months before their
granddaughter’s murder. On Aug. 9, 2007, Brooklyn’s mother, Angela Coons, died
of a sudden illness at a Wichita hospital. She was 24. 

Angela Coons had moved her small children — Brooklyn and son Christian, now 7
— to be with her in Wichita just weeks before she died, Larry Crosetto said.
Angela Coons was working in Wichita as a Comcare caseworker. 

After their daughter became ill, the Crosettos rushed to Wichita. After she
died, they brought their grandchildren back to their Coffeyville home, Crosetto

Before Angela Coons moved to Wichita, she had left Randy Coons and moved in
with her parents. Because Angela was busy completing her degree at Pittsburg
State University, the Crosettos had “practically raised” their grandchildren,
Larry Crosetto said. 

The weekend after they buried their daughter, their son-in-law, Randy Coons,
showed up on their front porch with two Coffeyville police officers and demanded
to take the children, Crosetto said. The son-in-law moved the children in with
him and his girlfriend, Melissa Wells. 

“Within a week of the kids being put into that home, Brooklyn showed up on a
weekend with her lip stitched together,” Crosetto said. 

A narrative, timeline 

The lawsuit provides this timeline: 

In the fall of 2007, the Crosettos started seeing bruises on Brooklyn, and
their granddaughter received medical treatment twice for suspicious

“The Crosettos began to get more and more concerned about the bruises on
their grandchildren,” the lawsuit says. 

On Nov. 5, 2007, school officials told Gillen, the SRS social worker, that
Christian had bruising that looked suspicious, the lawsuit says. 

According to the lawsuit narrative: The next day, Larry Crosetto tried to
reach Gillen about the bruising, but got no return call, so he tried to contact
her again on Nov. 14, 15 and 16, eventually reaching her on Nov. 20. Gillen said
she had interviewed a school official, the children’s father, his girlfriend and
Christian. Gillen indicated she had been at the girlfriend’s home, the lawsuit

Gillen said a case had been opened and she would make a recommendation in
about 30 days. “She refused to discuss the suspected drug situation in the
home,” the lawsuit says. 

Crosetto said the grandchildren remained with the girlfriend during the week;
the grandparents got the children on weekends. They would exchange the children
in the front yard of the girlfriend’s home. He said he wasn’t allowed

He became concerned about the conditions in the house, noticing that the
children had rashes that appeared to be from fleas and that they looked “filthy
dirty” every Friday night when he or his wife picked them up. 

“Sometimes it was hard to tell if it was bruises or dirt,” he said. 

“I tried everything to find out what was going on inside that house,” said
Crosetto, a 62-year-old accountant. 

He said he began taking pictures to document injuries he saw. 

Escalating situation 

The situation got worse. 

On Dec. 10, 2007, the lawsuit says, Crosetto called Gillen again because the
“bruising and marks were beginning to escalate. She told Crosetto to call the
police as it was her duty to try to protect the family and keep it together.
Larry asked for an appointment to visit about her duty to protect the

On Dec. 12, 2007, Crosetto sought help from school officials. “Their position
was that SRS had taken control of the situation and it was out of their hands,”
the lawsuit says. 

On Sunday Dec. 23, the Crosettos’ doctor noticed bruises on Brooklyn’s face
while she was at church, and he thought SRS should be notified. The doctor
recommended that Larry Crosetto have another doctor examine Brooklyn the next
day. On Dec. 24, the second doctor saw the girl, called police and sent a letter
to the Coffeyville SRS office asking that “they investigate the situation and
get back to him.” 

Gillen did not respond to the letter, the lawsuit says. But that same day the
doctor called police, a Coffeyville police officer took a report from Crosetto
in the doctor’s office and said he would contact the prosecutor’s office when it
opened after the holiday, Crosetto said. 

“I was under the understanding that the Police Department was trying … to
intervene, that the roadblock was SRS,” Crosetto said. 

The Crosettos believed Brooklyn was in danger. 

“I was scared to death,” Crosetto said. 

The grandparents met with Gillen at her office on Dec. 28, and Larry Crosetto
offered a CD showing Brooklyn’s injuries. Gillen refused to accept it, saying it
would be a police matter, the lawsuit said. 

“The meeting became heated when it became apparent to the Crosettos that the
defendant had some animus against them and was not going to do anything to
protect the children. Mr. Crosetto made it clear that he was afraid she was not
going to do anything until one of his grandchildren was killed.” 

And then the worst happened. On Jan. 17, 2008 — 20 days after the Crosettos
expressed their fears to Gillen — Coffeyville police responded to a 911 call
about Brooklyn. She was unresponsive, and she was in the care of Wells. Police
saw head trauma and bruises. 

Doctors found that Brooklyn’s brain was bleeding as a result of her being
struck on the head, and she had brain damage from being shaken, the lawsuit

The day after the 911 call, it says, police put three other children from the
home of Wells and Randy Coons into protective custody because of “deplorable”
living conditions and because of the fatal injuries to Brooklyn. 

The lawsuit says that the Police Department didn’t take more steps to protect
Brooklyn and the other children before Jan. 18, 2008, “as it reasonably believed
that the defendant was undertaking her statutory obligations to safeguard” the

The lawsuit argues that Gillen’s “conduct increased the danger to (Brooklyn)
from the meth addicted girlfriend.” 

Reach Tim Potter at 316-268-6684 or 



Posted January 23, 2010 by kansaskoooh
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December 1, 2009, Kansas SRS Secretary Don Jordan agreed that he would do his best to investigate allegations of children removed from their parents custody. 

To think that the citizens pay Jordan’s wages and he so arrogantly has refused to live up to his own word is not surprising. Jordan had the audacity to insinuate that parents are liars without even looking into the cases as if Social Workers and the State of Kansas could do no wrong even with the Legislative Post Audit findings of falsification of documents by Social Workers.

After all, Jordan stated that the Sedgwick County DA bullied Social Workers into falsifying records to remove children from their parents custody. Jordan had stated that his office had even gone to the efforts to “train” his Social Workers into not being bullied into writing things they don’t believe to place children in the custody of the State.

Jordan, as the head over all Kansas Social Workers that are employed by the State, this would make Jordan a mandated reporter as well and his failure to act on this has made him an accessory to crimes against children and families in Kansas.