Treating drug and alcohol addiction is DCCCA's job in Pratt but extends to other areas as well.

Drug and alcohol addition can overwhelm and capture a person's life. For those in Pratt suffering from those addictions, there is help available and it's in downtown Pratt.

The DCCCA group's main focus is on drug and alcohol treatment. But they also provide information on traffic safety, bullying and suicide prevention as well, said Rachal Harper, program coordinator.

The Pratt DCCCA office is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday through Friday. The contact number is 620-672-7546.

The DCCCA staff also works with foster families and help prepare them to take in foster children. Sometimes the children in the foster care program have been through trauma before they go into foster care and DCCCA provides therapy for those children.

The DCCCA programs also include being a resource office for traffic safety in Kansas. They have contacts to national campaigns through the State of Kansas for information and training on child passenger safety, teen safety, bus safety and distracted driving, Harper said.

"We don't do just drugs and alcohol. We've grown," Harper said.

At the Pratt facility, located at Fifth and Ninnescah, their work is focused on drug and alcohol treatment, said Joy Schwartz, DCCCA community support specialist, who covers 19 counties in Southwest Kansas.

Schwartz works with community and county task forces and coalitions. Their focus is on prevention of underage drinking, prescription drug addiction and gambling. She provides support and helps organizations with the grant process so they can pay for these programs.

Schwartz also helps create strategic plans to address specific problems in communities.

Much of the DCCCA work is with the court system. They provide assessments for court evaluations and its mostly with drugs, alcohol and DUIs. The overwhelming drug of choice in Pratt cases is methamphetamine. They DCCCA staff operates an eight-hour alcohol and drug Information School every other month that is required for those with DUIs.

They also offer outpatient treatment for groups and individuals. A licensed therapist is on the staff as well as a peer mentor. The peer mentor works directly with the client on a more personable level. The peer attends meetings with the client and helps the client get established in the community.

From July 1, 2016 to May 1, 2017 DCCCA served 141 clients through the Pratt office and that is a typical number for out-patient services. The majority of those clients are uninsured or under insured. With that many clients receiving treatment, there could be more needing help.

"That says to me there's plenty more people out there that need our services," Harper said.

One advantage of having DCCCA in Pratt is that they have access to two drug and alcohol programs in Wichita for both men and women.

"We have quick access to get our clients into a higher level of care," Harper said.

The DCCCA program has been around for 40 years and started in just one location. Now it covers Pratt, Wichita, Pittsburg, Lawrence, Topeka, Hays, Oklahoma City and Tulsa.

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