Behavioral Health Services

Drew Adkins, Commissioner

Drew Adkins

Assistant Commissioner Adkins assists in the management of the BHS Commission and supervision of staff. He is mainly responsible for oversight and management of the Community Integration section within BHS which houses the CARE (Client Assessment Referral and Evaluation) team, the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) Implementation team, the Quality Assurance Team, and the Nursing Facilities for Mental Health Pre-litigation Settlement Agreement response. Drew reports to Commissioner Brown and serves on the KDADS Leadership Team.

Drew has a background in Missouri state government, working most recently in the Missouri Department of Mental Health as the Communications Director for the Office of Disaster Services and serving a stint before that with the Missouri Department of Economic Development. He also spent several years serving as legislative staff within the Missouri House of Representatives. Drew has a Master of Business Administration and a Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics from the Bloch School at UMKC, and a Master of Science and Bachelor of Science from Missouri State University. He volunteers on the Board of the Urban Ranger Corp in Kansas City, MO, and volunteers with Camp Quality Northwest.


What We Do

The Behavioral Health Services Commission manages mental health services in Kansas, working with 26 community mental health centers across the state. In addition, it oversees addiction and prevention service programs for the State of Kansas, including targeted workforce development initiatives. In addition, the commission works in close collaboration with the Governor’s Behavioral Health Services Planning Council.

Our work is supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and KDADS. KDADS is responsible by statute and holds the authority and responsibility to coordinate and provide substance abuse and mental health services in Kansas. We promote effective public policy and develop and evaluate programs and resources for behavioral health prevention, treatment and recovery services.