The Kansas Prevention Collaborative was created in an effort to integrate and innovate behavioral health prevention efforts. The Collaborative has two main goals:
- Expanding prevention efforts to be more inclusive of mental health promotion, suicide prevention, and problem gambling education and awareness.
- Increasing the availability of resources to adequately fund local level prevention and promotion strategic plans.
All services provided by the Collaborative partners are designed to support capacity development, increase engagement and involvement and expand opportunities in terms of fiscal and other resources to communities across the state.
The new Kansas Prevention Collaborative (KPC) website was created to serve as a communication hub for behavioral health coalitions across the state; it will allow coalition members to exchange resources and information and lead the conversation about prevention in the state. The website is also designed to ensure that coalitions have access to the tools necessary to do sustainable work within their communities.
In June of 2015, five contractors were selected to provide services as part of the collaborative.
|Provision of statewide training and technical assistance to community coalitions, community initiatives, and KDADS projects that may be focused on one or more behavioral health concerns (substance abuse prevention, problem gambling awareness and prevention, suicide prevention, mental health promotion)
|The Center for Learning Tree Institute, Greenbush
||Provision of statewide, regional, and local-level behavioral health data collection, analysis and evaluation, including the Administration of the Kansas Communities that Care Student Survey
|Wichita State University-Center for Community Support and Research
||Provision of statewide behavioral health education, resource and information dissemination, consumer outreach and advocacy including the development of a communication’s hub and the development and facilitation of a statewide prevention coalition
|Keys for Networking
||Provision of behavioral health education, resource and information dissemination, consumer outreach and advocacy with a specific focus on creating and maintaining adequate capacity to support families and individuals in crisis and providing guidance to families and individuals in accessing appropriate services within communities, educational entities, and home environments
The Collaborative will support capacity development as we seek to increase and advance local prevention efforts. DCCCA will coordinate training and TA, coaching, and partner with the evaluation team as appropriate to ensure communities have the skills necessary to utilize the Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF), implement evidence-based strategies, and achieve outcomes.
Keys & NAMI will increase state and local capacity in terms of advocacy, access and promotion, increasing the ability to infuse behavioral health across the continuum of care.
Engagement & Involvement will be supported by our system as we work to engage diverse stakeholders within our prevention efforts. We will work with communities of place and practice and focus on building collaborative relationships across the state
Creating efficiencies in our support systems and focusing on locally driven initiatives we have created Opportunities for communities to implement comprehensive level strategic plans with adequate funding to ensure success.