Health Allocations

Health Initiatives

9-8-8 Mental Health and Crisis Lifeline

Kansas recently launched 9-8-8 as the official 24/7 three-digit dialing code for the National Suicide and Crisis Lifeline. Beginning Saturday, July 16, Kansans and all Americans can call 9-8-8 during mental health and substance abuse emergencies. ARPA State Fiscal Recovery Funds (SFRF) allocated $3M to fund a portion of the initial implementation of the program which includes the hiring of workforce, training, technical support and software to provide in-state coverage of 9-8-8 crisis calls. To learn more about this lifeline service, visit the Kansas Department of Aging and Disability Services (KDADS) website.

Nursing Homes Staff Support Program

KDADS is administering this funding and has conducted outreach to all eligible facilities. Please contact KDADS for more information.

Rural Hospital Innovation Grant

Per 2021 HB 2208, $10M in SFRF was allocated to fund Rural Hospital Innovation Grants. Program aims to strengthen and improve the healthcare system and increase access to healthcare services in eligible counties. The transitional assistance provided through the program will help hospitals adjust their current healthcare delivery models to alternative approaches better suited to the communities they serve (e.g., conducting market studies, acquiring new tools and infrastructure such as telemedicine delivery methods, and acquiring the services of healthcare professionals). This assistance will help communities achieve and maintain optimal health. Additional details can be found here.

Nutritional Program Funding

Per 2022 CCR HB 2510, $1.5M in SFRF was allocated to the Kansas Department of Aging and Disability Services (KDADS) to provide funding for a program that provides nutrition and food security support to vulnerable populations. To access a list of resources and services offered and learn more about eligibility for nutrition programs, please visit the KDADS website.

Closed Health Programs

Frontline Hospital Employee Retention Plan - APPLICATION PERIOD CLOSED​

The SPARK Executive Committee allocated $50 million to Kansas hospitals to either provide premium pay or improve retention of nursing resources and support personnel. Qualified facilities may use the funding for either premium pay as defined in the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) or for funding a program designed by the facility to improve the retention of nursing resources and support personnel. The program is now closed. To learn more about this program, click here.

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