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. The
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) defines behavioral health as a state of emotional/mental
being and/or choices and actions that affect health and wellness. Individuals engage in behavior and make choices that affect their
wellness, such as whether or not to use alcohol. Communities can also influence choices and actions that affect wellness, such as
imposing and enforcing laws that restrict youth accessing alcohol. Behavioral health, then, can also be used to describe the service
systems surrounding the promotion of mental health, the prevention and treatment of substance use, problem gambling, and mental
health disorders, and the prevention of suicide. 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 COLLABORATIVE HAS TWO MAIN GOALS