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Systems of Care Expansion & Sustainability Cooperative Agreement

System of Care LogoSAMHSA awarded a four-year System of Care (SOC) Expansion and Sustainability Cooperative Agreement to KDADS in 2016. The purpose of this program is to improve behavioral health outcomes for children and youth (ages birth through 21 years) with serious emotional disturbances (SED) and their families. Kansas SOC is the partnership of the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS), Community Engagement Institute (CEI), and four Community Mental Health Centers (CMHCs): Compass Behavioral Health, South Central Mental Health Counseling Center, Sumner Mental Health Center and Wyandot Center for Community Behavioral Health.

Kansas SOC will support the wide scale operation, expansion and integration of the SOC approach by creating sustainable infrastructure and services that are required as part of the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and their Families Program (CMHI). This will build upon progress made in developing comprehensive SOC across the county by focusing on sustainable financing, cross-agency collaboration, the creation of policy and infrastructure and the development and implementation of evidence-based and evidence-informed services and supports. Other activities supported will include the implementation of systemic changes, training and workforce development.

The goal is to continue these efforts to ensure that this approach becomes the primary way in which mental health services for children and youth with SED are delivered throughout the nation.

Kansas Youth Mental Health Awareness Month Art Competition

Flier for the Kansas Youth Mental Health Awareness Month Art CompetitionEnter the 2018 Youth Art Competition to raise awareness for Youth Mental Health Month. This is an opportunity to share your perspective and art throughout the state.

Theme: A Day in My Body: What Makes Me Whole

Please send completed forms to
Call or text 316-779-4014 with questions
Deadline: May 11th
Ages: 12-21
All media accepted
Download the Art Competition Entry Form

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Voices of Wellness - The System of Care Newsletter


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Advisory Council

The Advisory Council will provide governance for all aspects of the Kansas System of Care.  The goals of the Council will be to support infrastructure that allows for implementing, sustaining, and expanding the System of Care.

Goals and Responsibilities:

  • Enhances the impact of local youth and family leadership efforts
  • Supports interagency coordination, communication, and collaboration process
  • Supports capacity building efforts of local organizations
  • Develops a strategic financing plan
  • Ensures policies and practices are consistent with the principles of System of Care
  • Assists in developing a social marketing plan
  • Expands statewide and local collaboration with other youth-serving organizations
  • Creates a reporting and evaluation process
  • Influences state and local policies
  • Reviews local crisis response strategies
  • Guides the development of sustainability funding options for children and youth with Serious Emotional Disturbance and their families.
  • Provides an organizational structure that is a locus of legitimacy, authority, and responsibility
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Advisory Meeting Minutes 9.7.17PDF848.95 KB05 Feb, 2018 Download