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KDADS Prevention Introduction

On July 1, 2012, the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS) came into being as a result of Governor Sam Brownback’s executive reorganization order that merged the former Department on Aging with the Disability and Behavioral Health Services Division (formerly administered by the Department for Social and Rehabilitation Services) and elements of the Health Occupations Credentialing Division (formerly administered by the Department of Health and the Environment).

The agency administers services to older adults; administers behavioral health, including addiction and prevention programs; manages the four state hospitals and institutions; administers the state’s home- and community-based services waiver programs under KanCare, the state's Medicaid program; and directs health occupations credentialing. KDADS is the second largest agency in state government, both in terms of budget and total number of employees.

KDADS is guided by the agency’s mission of partnering to promote prevention, treatment, and recovery to ensure Kansans with behavioral health needs live safe, healthy, successful, and self-determined lives in their communities, and the vision that Kansas communities support prevention and recovery throughout the lifespan.

The goals of KDADS are to continue to deliver quality Older Americans Act services; to keep older adults and persons with disabilities at home and independent as long as possible; to keep them safe by ensuring that those who provide their care are qualified and tested; to support an integrated and coordinated Medicaid system to help those the agency serves; and to provide Kansans who need behavioral health services with appropriate care so they can live productive and fulfilling lives.

Prevention and Promotion Services is a division within the Behavioral Health Services Commission. The Behavioral Health Services Commission (BHSC) manages mental health services in Kansas, working with 26 community mental health centers across the state. In addition, it oversees addiction and prevention service programs for the State of Kansas, including targeted workforce development initiatives. In addition, the commission works in close collaboration with the Governor’s Behavioral Health Services Planning Council. The commission is also charged with overseeing the state’s two psychiatric hospitals, Larned State Hospital and Osawatomie State Hospital.

Our work is supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). KDADS is responsible by statute and holds the authority and responsibility to coordinate and provide substance abuse and mental health services in Kansas. We promote effective public policy and develop and evaluate programs and resources for behavioral health prevention, treatment and recovery services.

Contact KDADS to learn more.