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“Get Healthy, Kansas!’ was a three year initiative beginning in the fall of 2012 sponsored by the Kansas Consumer Advisory Council for Adult Mental Health (CAC) and underwritten by a grant from SAMHSA to improve the overall health and longevity of mental health consumers in the state of Kansas.  Statistics indicate that those with serious mental illness die on average 20-25 years sooner than people in the general population.  The “Get Healthy, Kansas!” initiative seeks to reverse that trend by working through Consumer Run Organizations (CRO’s) and other mental health partners to educate and train consumers in various aspects of living a more healthy lifestyle.

The Stated Goals of the initiative are as follows:

  1.  The CAC will promote awareness of the “Get Healthy, Kansas!” Project through connecting with existing 
  2. partners and welcoming new relationships. 
  3. Gain the training and infastructure necessary to disseminate information on The “Get Healthy, Kansas!” Project to mental health consumers, consumer run organizations and peer specialists.
  4. Hold a statewide “Get Healthy, Kansas!” Project Celebration.
  5. Directly involve the broadest possible base of consumer leadership, including diverse cultures across the state in our CROs – veterans, persons of color, Native Americans, trauma survivors, members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered communities, transitional-aged youth, older adults and persons with experience in the criminal justice system, etc. – in the implementation and evaluation of the proposed activities.
Each of the stated goals has specific objectives for each of the three years of the project.  The project is just in it’s infancy and many more details will be available as the initiative unfolds, but it is not to early to get the word out, and begin making positive changes in your own life.  Things like quitting or reducing smoking, reducing the consumption of sugar (for example pop), beginning and exercise routine, losing weight, cutting down on fast foods and increasing the number of fruits and vegetables in your diet  can all have dramatic health benefits.
The official kick-off of the project was held March 27, 2013 at the Best Western in Park City.  Participants were primarily from CROs, but also included PEER specialists and represenatives from KU, WSU, SAMHSA and KDADS.  Each CRO was encouraged to send 8 representatives.  Visits to each CRO will begin in the fall of 2013, but you don’t need to wait for the visit, start now and “Get Healthy, Kansas!”

There was a wrap up celebration for “Get Healthy, Kansas!” on August 13, 2015 at the Best Western Hotel in Park City from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. This will be a chance for all of the CROs in the state of Kansas to celebrate their accomplishments during the “Get Healthy, Kansas” program.

While this is no longer an active CAC project, the curriculum is available upon request. If you would like more information please contact:
Melissa Patrick, Kansas CAC Administrative Coordinator
by email at:


Or by phone at
(316) 312-3479