Session 2000
Effective: March 22, 2000

      A  Concurrent  Resolution urging the Governor and the Governor's Substance Abuse
      Prevention Council to establish statewide standards to evaluate the success of substance
      abuse programs.

      WHEREAS,  Alcohol and drug abuse has a substantial impact on the
State of Kansas and its citizens; and

      WHEREAS,  The loss of human resource potential and increased fam-
ily violence, increased health care costs, truancy and accidents on Kansas
roads and in the work place due to alcohol and drug abuse is devastating;

      WHEREAS,  The overwhelming and crucial role that alcohol and drug
abuse plays in both juvenile and adult criminal behavior is extraordinary;

      WHEREAS,  As much as 70% of those incarcerated have alcohol and
drug abuse problems; and

      WHEREAS,  A system of coordinated and comprehensive programs
would be effective in reducing or preventing the losses and costs resulting
from alcohol and drug abuse; and

      WHEREAS,  The current failure of many programs to successfully ad-
dress alcohol and drug abuse problems is the central cause for high re-
cidivism rates among adults and juveniles; and

      WHEREAS,  Effective alcohol and drug abuse programs must be iden-
tified and fully utilized in the effort to successfully deal with these critical
problems: Now, therefore,

      Be it resolved by the Senate of the State of Kansas, the House of Rep-
resentatives concurring therein: That the Legislature urges the Gover-
nor and the Governor's Substance Abuse Prevention Council to work with
all state agencies to establish statewide substance abuse standards to mea-
sure and evaluate the short term and long term performance outcomes,
efficiencies and success of publicly funded prevention, education and
treatment programs; and

      Be it further resolved: That the Governor's Substance Abuse Preven-
tion Council prepare and submit a report to the Joint Committee on
Corrections and Juvenile Justice Oversight on the progress toward the
development of such standards prior to January 1, 2001; and

      Be it further resolved: That the Secretary of State is hereby directed
to send enrolled copies of this resolution to the Governor, the Secretary
of Social and Rehabilitation Services and the Commissioner of the Ju-
venile Justice Authority.