Behavioral Health Services

Andrew Brown, Commissioner

Commissioner Andy Brown

Commissioner Andrew Brown leads Behavioral Health Services for the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services. Commissioner Brown has more than 25 years of experience in human services program management and public service. He came to KDADS in 2017 to serve as Prevention Program Manager. Andrew reports to Deputy Secretary of  Programs Janis DeBoer and serves on the KDADS leadership team.

Prior to joining KDADS, Andrew worked at Headquarters, Inc. in Lawrence, Kan., where he served as executive director. Brown earned a Bachelor of Applied Sciences in Human Services degree and Graduate Certificate in Non-Profit Management from Washburn University in 2010 and a Master of Social Work, Concentration in Administration, Advocacy and Policy, from the University of Kansas in 2012.  He is a 2016 Washburn University Alumni Fellow and a 2015 Leadership Lawrence Alumni.

Drew Adkins, Assistant Commissioner

Drew AdkinsAssistant Commissioner Adkins assists in the management of the BHS Commission. He will be directly responsible for oversight and management of the CARE/PASRR, NFMH and CCBHC Divisions, Medicaid State Plan Amendments and Quality Assurance. 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 on FEMA’s Crisis Counseling Program. He also served as a Project Manager for Regional Engagement with the Missouri Department of Economic Development. He spent several years serving as legislative staff within the Missouri House of Representatives. He’s attended the Bloch School of Management at UMKC as a 2021 MBA Candidate, with a Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics, as well as a MS in Project Management and a BS in Political Science from Missouri State University. He volunteers on the Board of the Urban Ranger Corp as Treasurer and volunteers with Camp Quality Northwest on camp staff.

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.

Commission Organizational Chart