Kansas (KS) – Boys Homes
A national survey in 2002 and 2003 revealed that there are about 56,000 individuals involved in drug addiction or abuse in Kansas. It was estimated that 10,000 of the 56,000 individuals were 12 to 17 years of age. In 2004, Kansas ranked 24th highest state with federal drug seizures. Imported and locally produced meth or methamphetamine is widely abused in Kansas. Fortunately, there are numerous treatment and rehab facilities in the state to help troubled teens engaged in substance abuse.
The following are some resources that may prove useful for families coping with a troubled teen:
Kansas Juvenile Justice Authority (JJA)
The Kansas JJA located in Topeka manages juvenile correctional institutions such as the Learned Juvenile Correctional Facility and the Atchison Juvenile Correctional Facility. Its East division is dedicated solely for male troubled teens while the West division is for females.
Therapist and counselors
Central Kansas Foundation
The Central Kansas Foundation (CKF) provides substance abuse treatment and prevention programs. They have certified counselors and therapists specializing in alcohol and drug problems. More »
Episcopal Social Services Venture House
The Episcopal Social Services Venture House conducts a delinquency intervention program for teens aged 12 to 17. The program’s curriculum touches on emotional and behavioral aspects that can help teens deal with difficult situations. More »
Located in several counties of Kansas such as Newton, Hutchinson, and Wellington, Mirror, Inc., provides both teens and adults involved in substance abuse with outpatient and residential therapeutic services. They also conduct workshops, seminars and trainings on substance abuse prevention for community-based organizations and groups. More »
Alcohol and Drug Abuse Information or Programs
Kansas Tracking and Reporting of Controlled Substances or K-TRACS
The K-TRACS is Kansas’ prescription monitoring program aiming to promote legitimate use of controlled substances, thereby discouraging substance abuse and misuse. The monitoring system can be accessed by doctors and pharmacists sometime in April 2011. More »
Kansas Health Institute (KHI)
The KHI supplies information on health issues and concerns including substance abuse. Research results, health tips, news and other resources are also available on their website for public consumption. More »
Wyandot Center: Community Behavioral Healthcare
Aside from providing aid to to individuals and families affected by behavioral concerns, the Wyandot Center in Kansas City also offers parenting classes focusing on discipline, children’s self esteem and resolving fights. More »
Children’s Alliance of Kansas
The Children’s Alliance of Kansas offers over 170 training courses in different locations in Kansas. The training courses tackle substance abuse, professional development, behavioral management issues, child development issues, mental health issues and a lot more. More »
Kansas State Department of Education
The Kansas State Department of Education oversees the development of after school programs for youths. They offer a detailed listing of after school programs and services. More »
YMCA of Greater Kansas City
The YMCA of Greater Kansas City conducts before/after school and no school days programs for toddlers and children up to 12 years of age. Kids and teens can also participate in other fun, enriching and educational programs.