Over $17 Million Coming to Kansas to Address the Opioid Crisis


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TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today announced that the State of Kansas and the Kickapoo Tribe in Kansas (KTIK) have together received $17.2 million in federal grant funding to address the opioid crisis. The funding will be used to increase access to treatment for substance use disorders, remove barriers to public health interventions like naloxone, and expand access to recovery support services.

“The opioid crisis impacts families across Kansas, which is why it’s critical that we make opioid treatment and prevention resources available in every community,” Governor Laura Kelly said. “This funding will help make that possible, and in doing so save lives and bring relief to struggling Kansans.”

The Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS) has received more than $16.7 million, and the KTIK has received $500,000 in federal grant funding to address the opioid crisis and support individuals in recovery.

The funding, provided through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), will support states, tribal lands, and territories’ opioid response efforts. The grants are part of National Recovery Month and SAMHSA’s State Opioid Response (SOR) and Tribal Opioid Response (TOR) grant programs.

For KDADS, this grant will provide access to medication-assisted treatment to reduce overdose deaths for Kansans with opioid use disorder or stimulant use disorder. Strategies and interventions will focus on evidence-based prevention, treatment, and recovery support services for the illicit use of prescription opioids, heroin, fentanyl, fentanyl analogs, and psychostimulants.

The funding will also allow Kansas to increase investments in overdose education, peer support specialists in emergency departments, and allow states to invest in other strategies that will help save lives in hard-hit communities.

“Our prevention and addiction teams recognize the dangers of opioids in our cities and rural areas and the damaging impact they have on so many lives,” said KDADS Secretary Laura Howard. “I’m glad to support Governor Kelly and her administration’s effort to ensure this crisis is addressed across the state and in every community.”

KTIK will develop a holistic TOR program, KTIK Return to Community (R2C), that includes prevention; screening; treatment; and peer-led recovery for opioid, stimulant, and other substance use.

“The opioid crisis has had a devastating effect on tribal nations throughout the U.S.,” Lester Randall, Kickapoo Tribal Chairman, said. “It’s a relief to see addiction and opioid crisis funding coming in to underserved communities to assist our efforts in increasing access to treatment and supporting individuals in recovery. The funds coming into the Kickapoo Tribe from opioid grants and settlements are going to result in lives saved and a preventative trajectory for our people.”

The state and tribal grants run until September 29, 2024.

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Derek Nester
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Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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