KDADS Awards FY21 Kansas Prevention Collaborative-Community Initiative Grants

For Immediate Release

July 30, 2020

For more information, contact:
Cara Sloan-Ramos

TOPEKA The Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS) Behavioral Health Services Commission has selected awardees to receive $550,000 in FY21 Kansas Prevention Collaborative-Community Initiative (KPCCI) grants. The goal of KPCCI is to reduce and prevent substance abuse in identified communities and enrich prevention efforts across the state through the implementation and sustainability of effective, culturally competent prevention strategies.

Grantees will create a comprehensive, community-based strategic plan that will result in community driven strategies to reduce underage drinking, youth marijuana use, shared risk and protective factors and produce sustainable systems change. Communities will utilize the Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) model designed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to assess their local needs, build capacity and create a plan.

These funds are intended for the focus of primary prevention efforts directed at individuals not identified to be in need of treatment services.

Fourteen Kansas coalitions received grant funding:

  • THRIVE, Allen County
  • Clay Counts, Clay County
  • Live Well, Crawford County
  • Franklin County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition, Franklin County
  • Grant County Community Foundation, Grant County
  • Mirror, Inc., Harvey County
  • Boys & Girls Club - Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation, Jackson County
  • Youth Achievement Center, Leavenworth County
  • FACT, Inc., Marion County
  • Rise Up Reno, Reno County
  • Safe Streets, Sedgwick County
  • PARS, Shawnee County
  • United 4 Youth, Nemaha County
  • KCK Life Recovery Coalition, Wyandotte County

“The data shows us a clear connection between substance use, including underage drinking, marijuana, and other substances, and behavioral health concerns,” KDADS Director of Youth Services Gary Henault said. “The work performed by these coalitions is part of the overall strategy for a comprehensive prevention program. The inclusion of youth in this work is fundamental and is seen as the most effective approach to reach not just the youth, but all concerned citizens including families, educators and legislators.”

Utilizing funding and technical assistance, community coalitions will analyze local data that is contributing to substance abuse within their identified geographic area. Resources and technical assistance will be provided to review local assessment profile, logic model, and action plan to address these issues using the five-step SPF process (i.e., assessment, capacity building, planning, implementation, and evaluation). This will also include reviewing plans for sustainability, cultural competence, and evaluation.

The coalitions awarded grants will be supported in their efforts by KDADS and its partners in the Kansas Prevention Collaborative (KPC).

About the Kansas Prevention Collaborative

The Kansas Prevention Collaborative was created in 2015 to integrate and innovate behavioral health prevention efforts. A partnership of several different state, educational and provider agencies, the KPC’s goal is to expand prevention efforts to be more inclusive of mental health promotion, suicide prevention and problem gambling education and awareness, as well as to increase the availability of resources to adequately fund local-level prevention and promotion strategic plans. For more information, see

The KPC’s website can be viewed here: