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Prevention focuses on providing resources for people's emotional, psychological, and environmental needs, for their social well-being.  We work hard to build support systems between individuals and community resources.  We use data from Kansas Communities That Care, CDC, KDADS, and BHS to make evidence-based decisions.  These task forces bring awareness and compassion to subjects and individual voices. 

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Suicide Prevention

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National Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-8255

As a task force, we provide community education in multiple ways since 2012 ranging from church outreach to providing a youth speaker for all Barton County high school and middle school students.  This valuable community awareness and education events can’t happen without your support and willingness to help prevent suicide in our community.

 
​Suicide Prevention Task Force

As a task force, we provide community education in multiple ways since 2012 ranging from church outreach to providing a youth speaker for all Barton County high school and middle school students.  This valuable community awareness and education events can’t happen without your support and willingness to help prevent suicide in our community.

Glow for Life

Glow for Life is an awareness and remembrance event that raises awareness for suicide prevention.  We support suicide prevention by providing a quality walking and running event in memory of those we have lost and in honor of their family and friends. Proceeds will be used to sponsor community suicide prevention education.
 

Saturday, September 28th, 2019  (6:15 PM - 10:30 PM)

Veteran's Memorial Park

Event Registration

Sponsorship Form

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Tobacco Prevention

Tobacco Cessation

The Kansas Tobacco Quitline www.KSquit.org or

1-800-QUIT-NOW (784-8669) provides:

  • FREE one-on-one coaching to help tobacco users quit. 

  • Available 24 hours a day/7 days a week online or by phone. 

  • Trained Quit Coaches 

  • Support to create an individual plan to quit tobacco and fight cravings. 

This FREE service is available to Kansans who are ready to quit any form of tobacco. 

CDRR Task Force

Our task force utilizing funding to reduce tobacco use and improve healthy behaviors. 

  • Reduce Secondhand Smoke Exposure

  • Prevent Youth from Using Tobacco

  • Promote Opportunities for Cessation

  • Increase Physical Activity

  • Improve Community Nutrition

Resources

E-cigarettes & Youth: what Parents Need to Know

Facts About Electronic Cigarettes

FDA Approved Medications for Smoking Cessation

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Alcohol & Drug Prevention

Education & Resources

Kansas Substance Abuse, Gambling & Suicide Helpline 1-866-645-8216 

Depression, problems with drugs and alcohol, gambling addiction. These things can turn your world inside out. Out of nowhere up is down, black is white. Reality looks more like a funhouse mirror, warping everything you thought you knew. In no time, you lose who you are. You lose who you wanted to be. And the people around you suffer as well.

You may feel uncertain, even fearful. But you can be sure about one thing: Getting better starts with understanding the problem, recognizing warning signs and asking for help. It Matters KS and the Kansas Prevention Collaborative can help point you on a path to healing. Every Kansan matters.

The Kansas Prevention Collaborative, an initiative of the KDADS, was created to expand prevention efforts to be inclusive of substance use prevention, mental health promotion, suicide prevention, and problem gambling prevention to enhance the behavioral health of Kansas communities. Data at both the state and national level underscore that now is the time to more comprehensively address prevention efforts across the spectrum of behavioral health. The Kansas Prevention Collaborative was created in an effort to integrate and innovate behavioral health prevention efforts.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation and reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.

 
Drug & Alcohol Prevention Task Force

This task force focuses on prevention efforts that reduce the risk of substance abuse.  We support law enforcement saturation at youth events, provide educational resources, and advertise the risks associated with alcohol and drug use.

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Resources

Organizations we support & look up to

Kansas Prevention Collaborative

The Kansas Prevention Collaborative was created in an effort to integrate and innovate behavioral health prevention efforts.  KDADS recognized the opportunity to expand prevention efforts to be inclusive of substance use prevention, mental health promotion, suicide prevention, and problem gambling prevention to enhance the behavioral health of Kansas communities. Communities can also influence choices and actions that affect wellness, such as imposing and enforcing laws that restrict youth accessing alcohol. Data at both the state and national level underscore that now is the time to more comprehensively address prevention efforts across the spectrum of behavioral health.

Kansas Communities That Care

Kansas Communities That Care (KCTC) has been collecting Barton County data measures for alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, and prescription drugs, since 1994.  This data is collected from students in 6, 8, 10, and 12 grade.  Data includes:

  1. Past 30-day use

  2. Perception of risk or harm

  3. Perception of parental disapproval of the use

  4. Perception of peer disapproval of the use

2019 Barton County Behavioral Health Community Report

County Health Rankings

Annual County Health ranking provides a revealing snapshot of how health is influenced by where we live. Barton County Health Rankings are reviewed annually and used as evidence to prioritize our coalition work.

Barton County Health Rankings

It Matters Kansas

The It Matters KS website and related educational campaigns are sponsored by the Behavioral Health Services Commission at the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS). Behavioral Health Services works to help communities understand the extent and cause of multiple behavioral health concerns including substance use, depression, suicide, and problem gambling. The goal is to empower communities with tools and resources to make a positive change.

Substance Abuse &
Mental Health Services Administration

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.

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Human Trafficking

Creating Awareness

To Get Help, call 1-888-373-7888

Human trafficking is the criminal activity of holding another person for the purposes of exploitation through forced labor and sex trafficking.

The Kansas Anti-Human Trafficking Unit provides resources on human trafficking in the state of Kansas. They have a team of advisers composed of law enforcement personnel, prosecutors, court personnel, advocates, victims of human trafficking and other pertinent parties who have expertise in this field.

Family Crisis Center in Great Bend, is our local resource and expert on the topic of Human Trafficking.   To contact the Family Crisis Center, call 620-792-1885. 

Human Trafficking Task Force

From 2016-2018, the Partnership had a task force specifically dedicated to educational and preventative efforts regarding this topic.  We worked hard to create a resident-led voice of awareness and bring together agencies to work collaboratively on the effort.  This task force is no longer active.

Central Kansas Partnership

1400 Main St., Great Bend, KS 67530

centralkansaspartnership@gmail.com