DCCCA, Healthy Blue to expand naloxone resources in Kansas

photo by: AP File

The overdose-reversal drug Narcan is displayed during training for employees of the Public Health Management Corporation, Dec. 4, 2018, in Philadelphia.

Lawrence-based nonprofit DCCCA plans to expand access and distribution of the overdose-reversal drug naloxone, commonly known by brand name Narcan, throughout Kansas, among other initiatives in collaboration with Healthy Blue.

DCCCA will receive $125,000 to go toward initiatives that increase access to substance-use prevention resources and tools, expand mental health first aid training opportunities, and provide naloxone vending machines for opioid overdose response.

“Through this partnership, we’re taking a proactive approach to addressing substance use disorders and mental health challengers in our community,” said Bryan Baier, president of Healthy Blue, in a news release Friday. “By combining our resources and expertise, we aim to make a positive impact and provide the necessary tools to those who need them.”

Chrissy Mayer, DCCCA’s chief community based services officer, said the collaboration “aligns perfectly” with DCCCA’s mission to promote health and wellness.

“We are eager that our joint efforts will lead to meaningful improvements to combat opioid overdose and enhance mental health awareness,” she said in the release.

Healthy Blue is a collaboration of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City and Anthem Partnership Holding Company.

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