KDADS awards prevention grants to discourage substance use by middle and high school-aged youth

andy lambertNovember 12, 2013


TOPEKA — The Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS), Community Services and Programs Commission, Behavioral Health Services Division, has awarded grants totaling $205,000 to 16 community coalitions and school districts across Kansas. These grants are intended to support efforts to reduce and discourage substance abuse (specifically, underage alcohol use, binge drinking, and/or marijuana use) through the implementation of evidence-based strategies that target high school-aged youth.


Funding for the grants was made available through the Kansas Department of Education’s Safe and Supportive Schools Program working with KDADS. The Safe and Supportive Schools initiative is a federal grant administered through the Office of Safe and Healthy Students (OSHS), U.S. Department of Education.


Using these grants, community groups and school districts will implement evidence-based strategies that have an impact on youth substance use. These include discouraging retail access, increasing family involvement, bolstering effective enforcement, changing social norms and discouraging early initiation into substance use.


“We are pleased to support the important work of KDADS,” said Education Commissioner Dr. Diane DeBacker. “Substance abuse is a very real concern among our youth. Our goal for awarding this grant is to keep Kansas children health, safe and in school.”


“KDADS welcomes the opportunity to partner with the Kansas State Department of Education to promote the use of science-based prevention strategies across Kansas communities. This effort aligns with our on-going commitment to addressing behavioral health challenges at the local level,” KDADS Secretary Shawn Sullivan said. “This partnership creates a greater opportunity for enhanced and expanded efforts to create and sustain safe, supportive, and healthy homes, schools, and communities for our children and youth.”


Safe and Supportive Schools is a grant administered through OSHS at the U.S. Department of Education. The grant is designed to support measurement of school climate (also known as Conditions for Learning or CFL) regarding substance use and targeted intervention programs to improve those conditions at the high school level.


Grantees are:


Labette County Substance Abuse Task Force Parsons, KS           $   3,239.00
Sherman County Community for Prevention Education Goodland, KS $              5,000.00
Everyday Prevention Impacting Community Hays, KS $              5,000.00
Trego County Vision for Youth WaKeeney, KS $              5,000.00
Smith County Drug & Alcohol Council Smith Center, KS $              5,000.00
Grinnell & Wheatland Public Schools Grinnell, KS $              8,050.00
Blue Valley School District and RPC Overland Park, KS $              9,942.00
The Bridge Coalition Eudora, KS $            12,500.00
Jackson County Communities that Care Coalition Mayetta, KS $            10,130.00
Olathe Communities that Care Olathe, KS $              9,942.00
Labette County Family Coalition Parsons, KS $            21,997.00
Live Well Live Atchison Atchison, KS $            21,000.00
Reno County Communities That Care Association Hutchinson, KS $            22,500.00
Drug Free Osage County, Inc. Lyndon, KS $            22,500.00
Saint Thomas Aquinas Overland Park, KS $            22,500.00
Erie Risk Reduction & Education of Underage Drinking Erie, KS $            20,700.00
     $         205,000.00


–Press release via Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services 




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