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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.

For more information about the grant KDADS secured from SAMHSA, download the Cooperative Agreements for Expansion and Sustainability of the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and Their Families Program, Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) No. SM-16-009.

Voices of Wellness - The System of Care Newsletter


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KSOC Youth Focus Group Report 2018PDF220.58 KB18 Jun, 2018 Download
KSOC Parent Focus Group Report 2018PDF242.60 KB18 Jun, 2018 Download
Core PrinciplesPDF266.17 KB25 Oct, 2017 Download
Social Marketing StrategyPDF477.79 KB25 Oct, 2017 Download
Youth Group ToolkitPDF731.93 KB25 Oct, 2017 Download
PamphletPDF6.74 MB25 Oct, 2017 Download
Listening Tour Summary Report 2017PDF737.05 KB06 Nov, 2017 Download
Listening Tour Full Report 2017PDF539.74 KB06 Nov, 2017 Download

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

Join us for the next Advisory Council Meeting Thursday, August 2 from 5-7 p.m.

Multiple locations across the state will be available for individuals to attend in person and staff will be present at each of these locations to help facilitate the meeting. All sites are connected by video conference so collaboration can occur and individuals can attend by video conference and not have to travel to a meeting site. Once the physical meeting locations are set and video conference link is available, that information will be posted here. In the meantime, individuals can email for additional information or to confirm attendance.

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CharterPDF211.52 KB09 Oct, 2017 Download
SOC Committee SummariesPDF35.14 KB18 Jun, 2018 Download
SOC Site Visit Action StepsPDF64.91 KB18 Jun, 2018 Download
Advisory Meeting Minutes 4.26.18 DRAFTPDF121.93 KB18 Jun, 2018 Download
Advisory Meeting Minutes 1.25.18PDF249.59 KB18 Jun, 2018 Download
Advisory Meeting Minutes 9.7.17PDF848.95 KB05 Feb, 2018 Download
Advisory Meeting Minutes 6.6.17PDF440.49 KB09 Oct, 2017 Download