Substance Abuse

United Community Services, through the Drug and Alcoholism Council of Johnson County, has been working to increase resources for, and access to, substance abuse services since the 1970's. The entire community benefits when substance abuse is prevented and/or effectively treated, with lower healthcare costs, a reduction in crimes, child abuse and neglect, and increased employment and productivity overall. The Drug and Alcoholism Council (DAC 2020 members), a program of UCS founded in the 1970’s, is an all-volunteer advisory body that oversees functions related to alcohol/drug planning and allocations in Johnson County. The goal is to reduce alcohol and other drug problems by promoting, supporting, and advocating for the full continuum of care – prevention, education, intervention, treatment and recovery – for residents of Johnson County.

The DAC’s primary activity is making recommendations to city and county governments on the allocations of funds generated by the Kansas liquor-by-the-drink excise tax (referred to as alcohol tax funds – ATF) to substance abuse prevention and treatment programs. Non-profit agencies, public school districts and local government entities competitively apply for ATF through an application process to the DAC. Through this process participating jurisdictions maximize the benefits of funds, and enable thousands of Johnson County residents to access services.

The DAC meets regularly, typically on the third Thursday of the month from 5:30-7:00 p.m. In 2020, meetings will be held Jan. 16, Feb. 20, April 16, May 21, Aug. 13, Oct. 15, and Nov. 19. Notice of Action Without A Meeting: DAC voted on August 13 to approve taking action without a meeting on a 2020 grant amendment request. The proposed amendment and motion will be sent to the DAC no earlier than Monday, August 24. Responses will be retained for official record. For more information, contact Christina Ashie Guidry at or  (913) 438-4764.

Every three to five years the ATF funding priorities are developed through a formal planning process that includes input from key stakeholders, a review of current literature, and an analysis of indicator data in Johnson County. The Alcohol Tax Fund 2019-2021 Funding Priorities Report is the culmination of the most recently completed formal planning process. The report includes the DAC approved funding priorities for the 2019-2021 grant cycles, a description of the methodology, and a summary of the information collected and reviewed.

The 2021 Alcohol Tax Fund (ATF) Request for Proposal (RFP) will be released on May 4, 2020 and the grant application is due August 4, 2020. Applicants must be a nonprofit, a Johnson County public school district, or a program of Johnson County government or the 10th Judicial District Court. Applicants not receiving a 2020 ATF grant must discuss their request before it is submitted to UCS. A virtual pre-proposal meeting will be held on May 14. For the 2021 funding priorities, click here. For the application and more information, contact Christina Ashie Guidry at or  (913) 689-2326.

2020 Alcohol Tax Fund Grants

Proposals for 2020 grants were reviewed by the Drug and Alcoholism Council (DAC) of Johnson County, and $2,023,712 in ATF grants was recommended for funding.

2020 ATF Recommendations Report

2019 Alcohol Tax Fund Grants

Proposals for 2019 grants were reviewed by the Drug and Alcoholism Council (DAC) of Johnson County, and $2,023,712 in ATF grants was recommended for funding.

2019 ATF Recommendations Report

2019 Agency Standards

2018 Alcohol Tax Fund Grants

In 2018, 25 programs received allocations of $1.9 million to support programs and services for local residents. Taken together, these programs and services form a continuum of alcohol and substance abuse services for Johnson County residents. According to grantees’ year-end reports, nearly 57,700 Johnson County residents participated in programs or received services supported, in part, by ATF allocations. The 2018 Alcohol Tax Fund Year-End Report describes how funds were used.

2018 Alcohol Tax Fund Recommendations Report

2017 Alcohol Tax Fund Grants

2017 Alcohol Tax Fund Year-End Report