KDADS analysis identifies 11 communities with greater mental health needs

0 | Sep. 18, 2014 | KDADS, Mental Health

“We’ve been going out and meeting with people in those communities,” said KDADS Assistant Secretary Lea Taylor, addressing a statewide conference on law enforcement training and mental health crises.

Kansas receives $3.5M grant to reduce infant mortality

0 | Sep. 18, 2014 | Child Health, KDHE, Health Disparities

The five-year grant will help bolster a Geary County project known as Delivering Change.

Kansas to share suicide, homicide data with CDC

0 | Sep. 18, 2014 | KDHE, Prevention

The $970,000 grant is part of a federal program to develop strategies to prevent violent deaths. Kansas is one of 32 participating states.

KDADS receives $3.9M grant to expand employment support for mentally ill

0 | Sep. 17, 2014 | KDADS, Mental Health

Staff on the five-year project will work with community mental health centers to expand employment services for Kansans with mental illness at Comcare in Wichita and the Compass Behavioral Health Center in Southwest Kansas.

KDADS outlines $75K in new mental health programs

0 | Sep. 16, 2014 | KDADS, Mental Health

The projects were developed by the Governor’s Mental Health Task Force and the Governor’s Law Enforcement Behavioral Health Advisory Council.

Kansas teens in foster care to get free photo IDs

1 | Sep. 09, 2014 | Children, DCF

The initiative, which will cost about $10,000, is expected to affect 424 teens and young adults.

Breastfeeding advocates to meet in Wichita

0 | Sep. 08, 2014 | Advocacy, Child Health, Children, Community Health, Early Childhood, KDHE, Health Care Delivery

Kansas Health Summit on Breastfeeding organizers expect 200 people - doctors, nurses, program directors, advocates - to attend the daylong session in Wichita.

State prepping to push back on EPA carbon reduction deadline

0 | Sep. 03, 2014 | Environment, KDHE

An official from KDHE's Bureau of Air says his division is working on comments to send to the EPA that will question the "tight" timeline for implementing a plan to reach President Obama's climate change goals.

Davis advocates thorough exam of KanCare

0 | Sep. 02, 2014 | Campaign 2014, KDHE, KanCare

House Minority Leader Paul Davis, the Democratic candidate for governor, said Tuesday that if elected he would order a "top-to-bottom" review of KanCare.

Switch to KanCare complicates Medicaid fraud detection

0 | Aug. 29, 2014 | Agencies, Legislature, KanCare

A national organization leader and a federal report say other governmental agencies tasked with rooting out Medicaid fraud also are struggling to adapt to the managed care model.

Bruffett confirmed as KDADS chief

0 | Aug. 28, 2014 | Government, Agencies, KDADS, Legislature

Kari Bruffett said one of her initial tasks as secretary of the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services will be to work with federal officials to continue the transition away from institutional care for people with disabilities.

Overuse of antipsychotic drugs in some Kansas nursing homes endangering patients

0 | Aug. 25, 2014 | KDADS, Health Care Delivery

Experts say powerful antipsychotic drugs are used too much as “chemical restraints” or sedatives to control the behavior of Kansas nursing home residents suffering from dementia, and that efforts to curb the practice are showing weak results compared to other states.

Yoder stresses importance of federal funding for biomedical research

1 | Aug. 19, 2014 | Government, KU Medical Center, University of Kansas

Last year, KU and the University of Kansas Medical Center received more than $75 million in NIH funding.

Kansas reports first confirmed West Nile case of 2014

0 | Aug. 19, 2014 | KDHE, Public Health

Officials at the Kansas Department of Health and Environment reported 92 cases of West Nile virus in 2013, the most since the disease was first detected in Kansas in 2002.

Kansas cancer consortium receives federal funding

0 | Aug. 18, 2014 | Agencies, University of Kansas

The Cancer Center of Kansas will receive $1.7 million over five years for clinical trials involving more than 300 cancer patients.