Addiction Policy Forum Launches Statewide Resource to Address Addiction Crisis in Kansas
Residents in Kansas Can Now Find Local Addiction Resources by County
Topeka, KS – Today Addiction Policy Forum, a leading addiction nonprofit, has expanded its Addiction Resource Center (ARC) to include treatment resources, facilities and health care providers specific to Kansas.
“In a crisis, time is of the essence,” says Jessica Hulsey Nickel, Founder and CEO of Addiction Policy Forum. “We wanted to eliminate the possibility of patients and families being taken advantage of by bad actors and patient brokers and instead direct individuals to a list of local, reliable treatment resources, facilities and healthcare providers throughout Kansas. We are hopeful the expansion of the ARC database into Kansas will help save lives in the state.”
The ARC includes a comprehensive, interactive website to help individuals and families struggling with addiction learn about substance use disorders and access critical resources. This platform dispels harmful myths about addiction by presenting the science behind the disease in easy-to-read formats, guiding concerned individuals through a self-assessment tool, helping to develop a proposed action plan and providing a database of local treatment providers. The ARC also includes a telehealth service staffed by addiction counselors and licensed social workers that provide callers with substance use disorder information, education on treatment options, and support. Kansas residents can call the line at 1-833-301-HELP (4357), Monday through Friday from 9AM to 6PM EST.
“The ARC is designed to be a starting point that is comprised of education based on the latest science, a free telehealth service staffed by licensed clinicians and counselors and a researched treatment provider database,” says Danielle Tarino, Addiction Policy Forum’s VP of Health Information Technology. “Now, patients and families that are struggling with addiction in Kansas will be able to find treatment resources and healthcare providers specific to their county or area.”
Addiction Policy Forum, which has chapters in 43 states and a national office in Washington, D.C., plans to continue adding state-specific resources to its database throughout 2018. In addition to addressing addiction through community resources, APF is committed to affecting policy change at the local, state and national levels and raising awareness of the nationwide addiction crisis.
About Addiction Policy Forum
Addiction Policy Forum is a 501(c)(3) organization established in 2015 as a diverse partnership of organizations, policymakers, and stakeholders committed to working together to elevate awareness around addiction, and to improve programs and policy through a comprehensive response that includes prevention, treatment, recovery, and criminal justice reform. Jessica Hulsey Nickel, whose own family was devastated by addiction, is the founder of a coalition of 1,700 families impacted by substance use disorders and is available for further explanation and interviews by media.
More information on our mission and projects is available at http://addictionpolicy.org.