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 2021 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 2022, meetings will be held Jan. 20, Feb. 17, April 21, May 19, Aug. 18, Oct. 13, and Nov. 17. Due to the global coronavirus pandemic, the DAC will be meeting virtually until further notice. To join the Zoom virtual meeting, contact Christina Ashie Guidry at christinag@ucsjoco.org.

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 2023-2028 Funding Priorities Report is the culmination of the most recently completed formal planning process. The report includes the DAC approved funding priorities for the 2023-2028 grant cycles, a description of the methodology, and a summary of the information collected and reviewed.

The 2022 Alcohol Tax Fund (ATF) grant cycle is now closed; the 2023 ATF grant cycle will open in May of 2022. The 2023 ATF Requests for Proposals, grant application, and agency standards will be available in early May; a virtual pre-proposal meeting will take place in mid-May; applications will be due in late July, 2022.

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 2022 ATF grant must discuss their request with Christina Ashie Guidry, christinag@ucsjoco.org, prior to submission.

2022 Alcohol Tax Fund Grants

Proposals for 2022 grants were reviewed by the Drug and Alcoholism (DAC) of Johnson County, and $1,898,797 in ATF grants was recommended for funding.

2022 ATF Recommendations Report

2021 Alcohol Tax Fund Grants

Proposals for 2021 grants were reviewed by the Drug and Alcoholism Council (DAC) of Johnson County, and $1,922,200 in ATF grants was recommended for funding.

2021 ATF Recommendations Report

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 Year End Report
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 Year End Report
2019 ATF Recommendations Report