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. 


Suicide Prevention

Zero Reasons Why

National Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-8255

​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.

Event Registration

Sponsorship Form

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Rise Up Central Kansas

Drug and Alcohol Prevention

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

Rise Up - Drug & Alcohol Prevention Task Force

This task force focuses on prevention and intervention efforts that reduce the risk of substance abuse.  We focus on ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) training because it has a tremendous impact on future violence victimization and perpetration, and lifelong health.  We support strong families, promote positive social norms, collaborate with area agencies, provide evidence-based resources and training, and educate the risks associated with alcohol and drug use.

Visit Rise Up's website.

All-Stars Prevention Program 

The All-Stars Progam is specifically geared towards 6th graders and is in response to data indicating that this is the use of alcohol and drugs significantly increases between 6th and 8th grade; and research shows the later age someone begins to use substances, the less likely they will have problems later in life.

All-Stars prevents the use of alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, and prescription drugs, and works to give kids hope and envision a bright future for themselves. Research shows kids who have a clear vision for their future, know what they need to do to make it happen and believe risky behaviors will get in the way of it will more likely achieve the future they desire.  For more information, please call Juvenile Services at 620-793-1930.

All-Stars Prevention Program is implemented in the following schools :

  • USD 428: Eisenhower Elementary School, Jefferson Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, Park Elementary School, Riley Elementary School, and Great Bend High School. 

  • Private Schools: Central Kansas Christian Academy, Holy Family School

Youth Intervention

The Immediate Intervention Program uses an evidence-based curriculum giving youth the opportunity to discuss issues that affect them personally.  They will meet with a professional on a weekly basis and services are offered free of charge.  Services cover a range of topics to increase the youth's ability to build a variety of skills.  Youth must be between 10-18 years old.  For more information, please call Juvenile Services at 620-793-1930.

  • Communications & Goal Setting

  • Substance Using Behaviors

  • Responsible Behavior

  • Handling Difficult Feelings 

  • Family Relationships

  • Building Strong Values

The Parent Project

The Parent Project is a class that launched in Spring 2019 and is a parent's guide to changing destructive adolescent behavior.  It reduces family conflict, juvenile crime, recidivism, and improves school attendance.  They have solutions for critical issues like drug use, violence, bullying, truancy, sexuality, poor school performance, and conflict.  To preview Unit 1 of Changing Destructive Adolescent Behavior, click here.  For more information, please call Juvenile Services at 620-793-1930. 


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


E-cigarettes & Youth: what Parents Need to Know

Facts About Electronic Cigarettes

FDA Approved Medications for Smoking Cessation

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Youth Alcohol & Drug Data

Kansas Communities That Cares - 2019 Survey

Barton County exceeds Kansas State averages in 30-day use of substances for youth in the following areas:

  • Alcohol 

    • 22.65%   BT

    • 16.36%   KS

  • e-Cigarettes

    • 15.92%   BT​

    • 12.60%   KS

  • Binge Drinking​

    • 13.11%   BT​

    •   8.31%   KS

  • Marijuana​

    •   7.88​%   BT

    •   7.24%   KS

  • Prescription Tranquilizer Misuse​

    •  1.63%   BT​

    •  1.30%   KS

  • LSD

    •    .95%   BT​

    •    .76%   KS

  • Cocaine / Crack

    •    .95%   BT​

    •    .50%   KS

Click here for the  2019 Barton County - Behavioral Health report. 

Barton County youth substance is affecting our community's social capacity and this is reflected in our school attendance and dropout percentages,  suicide rate, and teen birth rate.  

You can create awareness, not participate in substance use, discourage your friends from partaking, and let your voice be heard by joining the Drug & Alcohol Prevention Task Force!  


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

The 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 in Kansas

The Kansas Human Trafficking Advisory Board outlines priorities, provides publications, and training on trafficking.  

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.

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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.