When DCCCA moves to it's new home at Clinton Parkway and Kasold Drive in late May, it will mark the agency's first relocation since its founding in 1974.
Bruce Beale, director of the private agency that deals with substance abuse prevention and treatment, said the growth of DCCCA during the last few years had necessitated the move to the $1,050,000 building now under construction. The agency is now located at 2200 W. 25th,
"Mainly we've outgrown this facility, and the new building gives us more room," he said. "Right now we don't have enough room in this building to do the community functions we want to do. At the new office we hope to present more seminars and programs for the general public, and we'll be hiring two new counselors. We don't have room to do those things now."
In addition, three staff members are located across the street in a converted garage, he said.
The growth of DCCCA, an agency that provides a number of services related to substance abuse prevention, intervention and treatment to all age groups, is the result of the success it has had both inside and outside the state.
ACCORDING TO a letter that Beale sent to DCCCA board members, the agency now employs 135 people at 12 locations in Kansas. Plus, the organization has contracts with Oklahoma, Texas and Arizona prison systems to administer treatment programs to prisoners, and the agency just signed a contract to provide a prevention program in Connecticut, Beale said.
The agency also contracts to provide such services for the Kansas Department of Corrections, and receives 46.3 percent of its $5 million annual budget from that department alone. All of the contracts are won through a bidding process, Beale said.
Beale said there seemed to be some misperceptions about the location of the new office. First, he said, there was some misunderstanding about how the organization could afford to build rather than lease much less move.
DCCCA got a good deal on the new building, he said. The facility costs per square foot will be $2.21 cheaper in the new building than in the current facility, Beale said in the letter.
HE ALSO SAID there's a misperception that DCCCA just serves a socioeconomic group that isn't represented in the western part of town. In fact, Beale said, the organization serves every class in the socioeconomic spectrum, and the move to the west is simply following the growth trends of the city.
DCCCA plans to pay the building off within five years, and as a result will have an additional $66,000 a year available for other projects, Beale said in the letter. Moreover, DCCCA will still have options remaining which include selling the building and moving to smaller quarters, selling the building and leasing it back or leasing extra space to offset expenses.
According to a brief history outlined in the letter explaining the move, the agency began as The Douglas County Citizens Committee on Alcoholism in 1974. Shortly after its beginning, DCCCA became aware that there was a shortage of alcohol-related services in Kansas. In 1976, DCCCA added the Lawrence Alcohol Safety Action Project, which provided evaluations, education and treatment for individuals arrested for drunken driving.
DCCCA ESTABLISHED treatment programs in Franklin, Miami, Osage, Coffey, Anderson and Linn counties in 1978.
In 1981, DCCCA started the Kansas Alcohol Safety Action Project, which was financed by the Kansas Department of Transportation. The project included the establishment of public information campaigns, educational efforts and an 800 number to report drunken drivers.
The agency started looking into establishing prisoner-treatment contracts in the mid- to late-1980's. It also started the Governor's Center for Teen Leadership and the Regional Prevention Center, both aimed at working with youngsters to reduce the likelihood of alcohol and drug problems before they started.
So far in the 1990s, DCCCA has established residential treatment programs for women and their children in Topeka and Wichita, an adolescent day treatment program in Topeka, a cooperative training project with Kansas University to educate school administrators about alcohol and drug abuse prevention issues, and a program to treat prisoners convicted of sex offenses.