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DCCCA BLENDS TREATMENT PROGRAMS WITH SOCIAL CARE

April 12, 1996

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DCCCA no longer confines itself solely to the treatment of drug and alcohol problems.

More than two decades have passed since an agency then known as the Douglas County Citizens Committee on Alcoholism began operations in Lawrence.

In addition to officially changing its name to DCCCA in 1989, adding employees and expanding operations to other areas of the state and nation, many other changes have taken place at DCCCA.

Though the agency is still a leading innovator in the treatment and prevention of alcohol and drug problems, DCCCA has expanded its array of services to improve the human condition and reduce a number of other social problems.

Today DCCCA employs 170 full-time employees at 10 locations in Kansas and is operating on a budget of about $6 million this fiscal year.

The agency recently was awarded a contract to take over family preservation services now provided by the Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services (SRS).

DCCCA will provide those services in Sedgwick County, which includes Wichita.

"That's kind of in line with the way DCCCA is going," said Bruce Beale, executive director. "We started out as a drug and alcohol treatment agency, but now the scope has grown much bigger. It didn't take us long to figure out that folks have other problems that lead to their addictions. Statistically, two-thirds of the families that SRS refers as high-risk or in need of family preservation services have drug and alcohol problems as well."

Beale said DCCCA would be serving about 500 families a year in Sedgwick County.

Going national

DCCCA recently has added several other programs to the list of services it provides.

One such project started in 1995 and is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to do the HUD Youth Leadership Development Project. As part of the program, DCCCA provides three- and four-day retreats for youths from public and Indian housing sites across the country.

The program targets 11- to 18-year-olds living in public housing. The youths learn about leadership from a variety of perspectives with special emphasis on American Indian, Hispanic and black American cultures.

Since the program started, four retreats have been conducted around the country. Two more retreats are scheduled for April and June this year to specifically serve youths from the Chicago Housing Authority.

"The idea is that they will go back and spread what they've learned," said Colleen Pederson, director of program development for the HUD Youth Leadership Development Project. "Our staff makes a visit to them to encourage them to choose one do-able activity. This program gives them the chance to raise awareness of violence, gangs and drugs and alcohol."

Other new additions

Another new program expected to be launched this fall is the Attorney General's Violence Prevention Conference and Media Project.

The project's goal is to raise awareness of this generation of teens and help them to recognize their role in the prevention of violence. Efforts will focus on schools with high incidences of juvenile crime, juvenile detention centers and other institutions that serve high-risk youth.

As part of the project, DCCCA will develop an MTV-style video that covers Kansas laws and the ways a violation can affect a youth. The video and other educational materials will be distributed to 50 school districts across the state. The project also will include a two-day violence prevention retreat for teams of youths from 15 different high-risk secondary schools.

Another recent project launched by DCCCA is the HIV Risk Reduction Project, which offers peer education to the youthful black American population, a speakers bureau and print materials for local businesses. The project is funded by a two-year contract with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

In 1994, DCCCA began a three-year statewide media campaign to prevent underage drinking and driving through targeted media activities. Recently, DCCCA was awarded the contract to operate the Kansas Safety Belt Education Office. The purpose of the project is to decrease deaths and injuries in vehicle crashes by increasing the use of seat belts and child safety seats.

The mission continues

Though DCCCA continues to add new programs, it still continues to operate many of the projects it is known for around the state.

In 1981, DCCCA began providing treatment services for those in the Kansas Department of Corrections system.

Since 1991, DCCCA also has provided treatment for inmates who are imprisoned for sexual offenses. As part of the Sexual Abuse Treatment Program, DCCCA provides treatment at the Hutchinson and Lansing correctional facilities.

DCCCA also continues to operate the East Central Kansas Regional Prevention Center and the Governor's Center for Teen Leadership. Both projects are aimed at preventing drug and alcohol problems among Kansas youths.

DCCCA also continues to operate three Women's Recovery Centers around the state. Those centers provide residential treatment programs for women with children.

In addition to those services, DCCCA also has several contracts with various agencies to evaluate their various needs.

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