Governor Kelly Announces Nearly $2M to Support Kansas Children Exposed to Drugs
Joe Denoyer - December 7, 2023 4:58 pm
TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today announced that the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), in partnership with the Kansas Alliance for Drug Endangered Children, is awarding nearly $2 million to 18 Kansas service agencies in the first round of All Hands on DECK (Drug Endangered Children of Kansas) grants. The grants will help these organizations better identify and support children living in an environment where a parent or other caregiver uses, distributes, manufactures, or cultivates illegal drugs.
This is the first round of grants being provided through the $6 million Kansas received from the Bureau of Justice Assistance (Department of Justice) to address substance use and misuse, promote public safety, reduce overdose deaths, and support access to prevention, harm reduction, treatment, and recovery services in communities as well as the justice system.
Approximately 140,860 Kansas children are living in environments where their parent or caregiver uses substances, and an estimated 5,155 Kansas infants are born exposed to substances every year. Children living in drug environments are at risk for devastating effects, including severe neglect, physical, emotional, and sexual abuse, and developmental delays.
The selected community organizations will focus on developing a response to address drug endangered children that fits their community’s unique needs. Activities include providing training to multidisciplinary professionals; providing training on adverse childhood experiences and trauma-informed systems of care; establishing community drug drop boxes; and distributing care bags with necessities for children placed in custody.
The grants total $1,930,001.89.
The awardees include:
Liberal Area Coalition for Families $124,000
Additional grant awardees will be announced in Spring 2024.