Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Peer Support for Veterans and Families

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Kansas is a military friendly state. Kansans appreciate service members, veterans and families and the sacrifices they have made in service for our country and our state. If you are a service member, veteran or family member, you may need help with post-traumatic stress, family stress, reintegration issues, substance abuse issues, depression, and suicidal or harming thoughts. HELP IS AVAILABLE.

No matter what county you live in, work in or are stationed in, you can find help with behavioral problems, substance use problems and find other service member/veteran peers who can help you locate and navigate treatment options to get the treatment you deserve.

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Help for Military Veterans

LiveConnected KS

LiveConnected KS LogoLiveConnected KS is a service of KDADS. According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Kansas has nearly 194,000 veterans, or 9% of the total population, and thousands more serving in the Kansas National Guard, Reserves and on Active Duty. LiveConnected KS was developed as part of the strategy recommended by the Kansas team participating in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Governor’s Challenge to Prevent Suicide among Service Members, Veterans, and their Families.

Ongoing support of LiveConnected KS is provided by the SMVF Subcommittee of the Governor’s Behavioral Health Services Planning Council. The SMVF subcommittee works towards a vision of an expanded and identifiable network of service providers and community supports to adequately meet the behavioral health care needs of veterans, services members, and their families as well as ongoing engagement of SMVF in eliminating barriers to treatment in creating flexible treatment and recovery options.
For more information about training and resources available, please visit the LiveConnected KS website at

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Providing Services to Veterans

Because Kansas has nine percent veteran population (24 percent of those ages 17 to 60 years), and that population is slated to grow with downsizing of active military, Reserves and the National Guard. With the reduction of stigma in seeking Behavioral Health treatment and the need for service members, veterans and families, it is important that providers are prepared to work with our service members and families.

One way to do this is to ensure providers are trained in military cultural responsiveness. If you are not a veteran or family member, competency and basic understanding of language and experience is critical for engagement, retention in treatment, as well as for providing proper referrals for support services. If that is not possible, it is important to ensure that providers are connected to another agency you can refer military members and families to if the need arises.

There are many avenues of training available for developing competency and basic knowledge for serving the military population. The Governors Behavioral Health Service Planning Council’s Subcommittee on Veteran issues has recommended several that are listed below. 

It is also vital as a service provider or stakeholder providing services, to identify if persons seeking services are military members or families. This can be done by simply asking upon intake of a new client “Have you ever served in the military, or has an immediate family member served? If so, what are the dates/years of service?”