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Newsroom SRS Announces New Program for Substance Abuse Prevention

Grant Provides Funding to Serve Families Affected by Substance Abuse

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.
  • LutraGroup
  • inDepth Learning