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KDADS Awards $2 Million to Contractors to Continue Work of Kansas Prevention Collaborative

For Immediate Release

July 8, 2020

For more information, contact:
Cara Sloan-Ramos
785-296-0807

TOPEKA – The Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS) recently awarded Wichita State University (WSU), Learning Tree of Greenbush, DCCCA and the University of Kansas

$2 million in one-year contracts funded by federal Substance Abuse Block Grants to continue the work of the Kansas Prevention Collaborative (KPC).

Since 2015, the KPC has led efforts to integrate and innovate behavioral health prevention in the state of Kansas. In partnership with several different state, educational and provider agencies, the KPC’s goal is to expand prevention efforts to be more inclusive of substance abuse prevention, problem gambling awareness and prevention, suicide prevention, and mental health promotion, as well as to increase the availability of resources to adequately fund local-level prevention and promotion strategic plans.

“Communities and individuals who need prevention services have greatly benefited from the many successes KPC has seen over the last several years,” Gary Henault, KDADS Behavioral Health Commission Director of Youth Services, said. “The work of the KPC is invaluable and the award of these contracts will allow us to remain a driving force in the prevention community as we work to bring together state, local and community efforts to meet the needs of Kansans.”

The KPC will support capacity development and seek to increase and advance local prevention efforts. All services provided by KPC and its partners are designed to support capacity development, increase engagement and involvement, and expand fiscal opportunities and other resources to communities across the state including the support of 14 Kansas Prevention Collaborative-Community Initiative coalitions and seven Partnership for Success coalitions across the state. To learn more about KPC, visit the website at http://kansaspreventioncollaborative.org.

Each partner provide a specific role to the KPC: Wichita State University provides education, resource and information dissemination and consumer outreach and advocacy; Learning Tree of Greenbush provides data collection and analysis and evaluation; the University of Kansas provides a community documentation evaluation system; and DCCCA provides facilitative training and technical assistance.