In 1991, Gerald Henderson, then executive director of the United School Administrators of Kansas, wrote to Governor-Elect Joan Finney, that to reduce substance abuse in Kansas, it would require the state to work with families. That citizen request resulted in a call for state agencies to find researched-based programs to help educate parents on the importance of their role in helping to reduce youth substance use.
As a result, a statewide initiative called the Kansas Family Initiative (KFI) was launched in 1991. At the same time, Kansas adopted the Communities That Care Model or risk and protective factor model, which outlined factors that put youth at risk for substance abuse. Kansas Family Partnership grew out of this statewide initiative, and in 1995, was established as a not-for-profit organization.
KFP HISTORICAL HIGHLIGHTSÂ
October 1994 – Established Kansas Family Initiative board of directors
June 1995 – Received 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit status.
1995 – 1996 – Hired staff and established office and changed name to Kansas Family Partnership, Inc.
1996 – 1997 – Began statewide Red Ribbon awards for Exemplary Work for Youth Involvement, Community Involvement, Innovation and Special Events. Began parent workshops (Los Ninõs, Preparing for the Drug-Free Years, Effective Black Parenting).
1997 – 1998 – Began coordinating the Kansas Regional Alcohol and Drug Awareness Resources (RADAR) Center. Hosted first statewide Marijuana Prevention Conference.
1998 – 1999 – Coordinated Preparing for the Drug-Free Years program in Kansas correctional facilities. Hosted General Barry McCaffrey, U.S. Drug Czar at state Red Ribbon training.
1999 – 2000 – Developed a “Coalition Connection” e-newsletter. Began Kansas Leadership to Keep Children Alcohol Free Initiative.
2000 – 2001 – Became statewide coordinator of Kansas Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) program. Developed new underage drinking materials including PSAs, movie theater slides,and resolutions on underage drinking.
2001 – 2002 – Sponsored first SADD State Leadership Conference. Developed online search engine for RADAR materials and videos.
2002 – 2003 – Centralized Kansas Family Partnership office and RADAR in a new location. Awarded Kansas Department of Transportation contract for Kansas Youth Leadership Summit (KYLS) on stopping underage drinking.
2003 – 2004 – Sponsored Kansas Grassroots Conference on Club Drugs and Marijuana. Awarded Kansas Parent Corps grant.
2004 – 2005 – Expanded and renovated Kansas Family Partnership website. Began statewide Synar underage tobacco activities.
2005 – 2006 – Provided coordination for 26 town hall meetings on underage drinking. Celebrated 10th Anniversary. Hosted Mika Camarena at Red Ribbon Luncheon. Provided workshop on Adolescent Brain Development.
2006 – 2007 – Initiated a “Fix the Flaw in the Law” campaign. Social host law in Kansas was strengthened through grassroots efforts.
2007 – 2008 – Developed and promoted a “Not in Our House” campaign on social hosting and expanded promotion of Family Day Campaign. KFP board engaged in strategic planning.
2008 – 2009 – KFP Board established five new board task teams. New Fast Facts and Fast Facts on Underage Drinking and on the Minimum Legal Drinking Age were developed and distributed statewide.
2009 – 2010 – Developed a State of the State Regarding Underage Drinking white paper and distributed statewide. Engaged First Lady Stacy Parkinson in producing a PSA on social hosting. KFP SADD Coordinator was named to SADD National Board of Directors. KFP director of communications received an award for public relations plan and design for statewide Family Day campaign. Received a Sunflower Foundation grant to complete an assessment of KFP communication strategies.
2010 – 2011 – Expanded Family Day promotion through a grant from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas; promoted Problem Gambling resources; and engaged First Lady Mary Brownback in producing a PSA on the role of parents in reducing underage drinking.