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KDADS Receives Grant to Expand Access to National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

For Immediate Release

January 13, 2020

For more information, contact:
Cara Sloan-Ramos

Public Information Officer
KDADS
785-296-0807

TOPEKA, Kan. – The Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services was one of 12 states to be awarded a two-year grant from Vibrant Emotional Health, the nonprofit administrator of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, to enhance support for Lifeline-affiliated crisis centers and boost in-state answer rates through its 2019 State Capacity Initiative. Kansas was awarded $193,946 over the grant period.

“This opportunity for KDADS to partner in improving the technology and training capacity will help save more lives in Kansas.” said KDADS BHS Commissioner Andy Brown. “By increasing the in-state answer rate for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline more Kansans will have their calls and texts responded to in their time of crisis. We’re grateful to Vibrant Emotional Health for the grant award that made this possible.”

KDADS will collaborate with Headquarters, Inc. in Lawrence, the only statewide Lifeline-network crisis center in Kansas, to increase in-state answer rates over the next two years. As a term of the award agreement, KDADS will be expected to reach in-state answer rates of 70 or 80 percent, with the ultimate goal of achieving at least a 90 percent in-state answer rate following the grant period.  

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is the nation’s confidential, 24/7 mental health crisis hotline, and is funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and administered by Vibrant. Calls to the Lifeline are answered by trained counselors at over 170 locally-funded and operated crisis centers that comprise the Lifeline network. In 2018, the Lifeline answered over 2.2 million calls from people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress across the United States.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is an effective, life-saving safety net for those experiencing mental health crisis. The funds provided by SAMHSA support infrastructure, training, and best practices across the national network. However, the funds to sustain the operations of crisis centers in the Lifeline network come from state and local contributors. Many of the crisis centers in the network require more funding and resources in order to continue operating and serving the Lifeline’s growing community of callers. Vibrant’s State Lifeline Capacity-Building Initiative works to address this by collaborating with states to expand access to care and enhance the capacity of Lifeline-affiliated crisis centers to increase in-state answer rates for suicide crisis calls. These temporary two-year funds are designed to stimulate more sustainable, long-term state resource commitments to support Lifeline centers to more efficiently respond to callers in crisis in their local communities.

“By effectively resourcing Lifeline crisis centers across the country, more calls can be answered in-state rather than by the Lifeline’s national backup centers,” says Dr. John Draper, Director of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and Executive Vice President of National Networks for Vibrant Emotional Health. “This can help us more quickly connect callers to trained crisis counselors, and create more efficient linkages to local treatment, support, and emergency services.”

About the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Funded by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and administered by Vibrant Emotional Health, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a leader in suicide prevention and mental health crisis care. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides free and confidential emotional support and crisis counseling to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, across the United States. The Lifeline is comprised of a national network of over 160 local crisis centers, uniting local resources with national best practices. suicidepreventionlifeline.org

About Vibrant Emotional Health

Vibrant Emotional Health is a non-profit organization that helps individuals and families achieve emotional wellbeing. For more than 50 years, groundbreaking solutions have delivered high-quality services and support, when, where and how people need it. They offer confidential emotional support through a state-of-the-art contact center and crisis hotline services that use leading edge telephone, text and web-based technologies and include the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, NFL Life Line and NYC Well. Each year Vibrant helps more than 2.5 million people live healthier and more vibrant lives. www.vibrant.org