HORTON, Kan. — The Kickapoo Tribe in Kansas has received a $1.18 million grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) through the Center for Mental Health Services’ Circles of Care program.

These funds will support the Kickapoo Child and Family Programs Initiative over the next three years and join the network of children and youth programs that currently support the families in the community.

“The Circles of Care program builds on great work that is already happening here,” said Carla Ramirez, secretary of the Kickapoo Tribal Council.

The Kickapoo Child and Family Programs initiative will focus on building staffing, infrastructure, and internal supports for a system of care that brings existing programs and departments together under a focused and holistic vision. Program goals include strengthening a system of supports for children and families, improving availability and accessibility of behavioral health and wellness programs in the Kickapoo community and building strong connections to promote Kickapoo culture and tradition.

“Families are at the center of our community, and the Kickapoo Tribal council is excited for the child and Family Programs Initiative, through SAMHSA’s Circles of Care grant program, to build upon and strengthen our support system for families in the area,” said Lester Randall, Tribal Chairman.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration awards a growing number of annual programs for American Indian and Alaska Native communities around the country through a competitive application and review process. The Circles of Care Program supports Native communities in their efforts to plan and develop community-based systems of care that strengthen mental health supports for children and families and that reflect the unique cultural and social needs of their communities.

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