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Newsroom SRS Receives Preliminary Results of Kansas Alcohol and Drug Treatment Needs Assessment Study

Topeka - In November 2005 Addiction and Prevention Service (AAPS) of the Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services (SRS) awarded a competitive contract to Datacorp to conduct a comprehensive study of substance abuse treatment needs throughout Kansas.

The Comprehensive Needs Assessment is a series of state of the art needs assessment studies that are being conducted in two phases. The combined studies provide a comprehensive picture of county-level treatment need throughout the state for treatment providers, treatment planners, and policy makers. The studies are designed to facilitate data-driven treatment planning.

Phase I was completed in 2006. In 2007, DATACORP will conduct Phase II of the Kansas Comprehensive Needs Assessment Study. This Phase will utilize archival data from the Communities That Care Student Survey to project and estimate treatment need at the local level for years 2006, 2007 and 2008. Final results of Phase I including recommendations will be presented to SRS leadership and staff on Wednesday, January 10, 2007.

A presentation for the public will take place from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. on Wednesday, January 10, 2007 in the Kansas Room of the Memorial Union at Washburn University. The first hour builds on the presentation given last April and will be a summary of key findings for the now complete Phase I studies. There will also be a presentation of the preliminary results from Phase II of the needs assessment. The second hour will be an interactive workshop allowing participants to work in regional groups to discuss the study results in the specific context of their agency's SRS service planning region.