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Prevention network dumped before replacement created

A plan by the state to develop a new community-based network of mental health and prevention programs sounds promising. But it is concerning that the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services eliminated funding to the state’s 10 regional prevention centers, effective July 1, before the new network was in place. The Center for Community Support and Research at Wichita State University received a $685,000 grant from KDADS to design the new behavioral health system, a process that is expected to take about a year, the Kansas Health Institute News Service reported. Two other groups received grants totaling more than $950,000 to help with planning and implementation. Meanwhile, the old regional centers have either closed or are trying to find alternative sources of funding. – Phillip Brownlee