The Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS), Community Services and Program Commission (CSP), Behavioral Health Services (BHS) Division invites all interested parties (IP) to respond to this Request for Information (RFI) regarding the Behavioral Health Prevention Integration and Innovation Project.
As a state we recognize the opportunity to expand prevention efforts to be inclusive of substance use prevention, mental health promotion, suicide prevention, and problem gambling prevention to enhance the behavioral health of Kansas communities. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) defines behavioral health as a state of emotional/mental being and/or choices and actions that affect health and wellness. Individuals engage in behavior and make choices that affect their wellness, such as whether or not to use alcohol. Communities can also influence choices and actions that affect wellness, such as imposing and enforcing laws that restrict youth accessing alcohol. Behavioral health, then, can also be used to describe the service systems surrounding the promotion of mental health, the prevention and treatment of substance use, problem gambling, and mental health disorders, and the prevention of suicide.
KDADS intends to integrate and innovate behavioral health prevention in an effort to eliminate disparate efforts and better leverage collective community resources toward shared outcomes.
In this RFI, our objective is to glean new perspectives and new approaches to designing a comprehensive prevention system that is inclusive of multiple behavioral health concerns. KDADS/BHS is seeking system-level thinking for an integrated approach that emphasizes community-level strategic planning and implementation of strategies that utilize the core concepts of SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework.
As a result of the information gathered from this request, KDADS, BHS will issue a request for proposal (RFP) to fund a comprehensive system that ensures adequate community level implementation of evidence based strategies, training and technical assistance, state and community level evaluation, and resource distribution.
A series of surveys/stakeholder inquiries were conducted over the last couple of years to help determine the overall needs, gaps, strengths and areas for enhancement needed to ensure overall BHS Prevention Infrastructure effectiveness, utility in terms of cost-benefit ratio and return on investment, and ability to achieve targeted population-level prevention outcomes. In order to provide interested parties more information to help them respond to the RFI, the following items are included in the data packet: