Grant Provides Funding to Serve Families Affected by Substance
Topeka – The Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services (SRS)
has been awarded a $2,500,000 grant from the Administration for Children and
Families to provide services to families and youth affected by methamphetamine
or other substance abuse.
The program has two areas of focus. The first will provide services to
substance-affected families with children who have been placed in foster care or
are at risk of out of home placement. These families will receive targeted
training on parenting, children’s living skills and family skills.
Skills training will be provided through a model program of the National
Institute of Drug Abuse and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services
Administration – the Strengthening Families Program. Kansas is the first state
in the nation to implement the Strengthening Families Program statewide. These
services will be available beginning March, 2008.
The second focus area will target youth ages fifteen and older in foster
care, or former foster children currently receiving independent living skills.
Beginning in 2009, a web-based program will be launched to integrate substance
abuse prevention with life and independent living skills.
"We must continue to help families impacted by substance abuse," said
Governor Kathleen Sebelius. "I'm proud Kansas is the first in the country to
implement the Strengthening Families Program statewide and hope it makes a real
difference--especially for the children."
Partner agencies involved in the Kansas initiative, Kansas Serves Substance
Affected Families (KSSAF) include:
- University of Kansas, School of Social Welfare
- Kansas Alliance for Drug Endangered Children
- KVC Behavioral Healthcare, Inc
- TFI Family Services, Inc.
- St. Francis Community Services
- Youthville, Inc.
- DCCCA, Inc.
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