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KDADS Schedules Listening Tour for Kansas System of Care to Address Needs of Children with Serious Emotional Disturbance

For Immediate Release

April 20, 2017

For more information contact:
Angela de Rocha
Director of Communications
Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services
785-806-7482

TOPEKA – The Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS) has scheduled a listening tour of the state for public discussions of the Kansas System of Care, a project for addressing the needs of children and youth in the state with a serious emotional disturbance (SED) and their families.

The federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has awarded KDADS a four-year, $9.5 million grant to create the System of Care (SOC) under SAMHSA’s System of Care Expansion and Sustainability Cooperative Agreements program.

“We are going to be working with community partners to improve the lives of children with SED and their families,” KDADS Secretary Tim Keck said. “This listening tour will allow us to collect the best ideas from around the state about improving behavioral health outcomes for this vulnerable population.”

KDADS is collaborating with four Community Mental Health Centers (CMHCs) in Kansas and with the Center for Behavioral Health Initiatives (CBHI) at Wichita State University’s Community Engagement Institute to strengthen the services provided to children with SED.

“Our goal is to create an outcomes-based system that is family centered and culturally appropriate to meet these children’s needs,” Secretary Keck said.

The listening tour sessions are scheduled for:

May 1
5–7 pm
South Central
First United Methodist Church
1429 N Andover Rd
Andover, KS

May 2
5–7 pm
South Central
First Baptist Church
200 Oil Hill Rd.
El Dorado, KS

May 5
6–8 pm
Sumner
Raymond Frye Complex
320 N Jefferson Ave.
Wellington, KS

May 10
4–5 pm
Compass
1111 E Spruce
Garden City, KS
*Video conference option

May 15
6–8 pm
Wyandot/PACES
KCK South Branch Library
Kansas City, KS

June 20
Noon–1:30 pm
Compass
506 Avenue L
Dodge City, KS

June 20
3–4:30 pm
Compass
1111 E Spruce
Garden City, KS

June 21
11:30 am – 1 pm
Compass
404 N Baughman
Ulysses, KS

June 21
3–4:30 pm
Compass
204 S College
Scott City, KS

Individuals who wish to provide feedback but are unable to attend one of these events are invited to participate in the following survey: https://wichitastate.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_e3RRxBFo8FmyxAp.