400 S. Santa Fe, Salina, KS 67401

Central Kansas Foundation

Salina, KS

The Central Kansas Foundation for Alcohol & Chemical Dependency (CKF) continues to be a leader in addressing the needs of people with substance use disorders in Kansas. With facilities in Salina, Abilene, Junction City, McPherson and Beloit, the agency is able to provide a wide range of services, with an emphasis on each individual's unique needs.

The Pathfinder Recovery Center was opened in September of 2010 as a drop-in center accessible to any individual, family or community member who needs information about addiction and recovery, or support throughout the stages of recovery. The Recovery Center was named the Pathfinder after the first CKF program, founded in 1967, to honor CKF's history and roots as a community-based program.

Over the past several years, CKF has successfully integrated recovery services into acute and primary care settings, which is viewed as a key component in early detection, intervention, and support for those with substance use disorders. It is the goal of the Central Kansas Foundation to support recovery through the lifespan and to celebrate each person's unique path to recovery.


CKF's mission is to serve as a catalyst for the development and delivery of quality, effective, and innovative substance abuse prevention and treatment services. The Foundation is recognized as a leader in the field and an agency that places the highest priority on the diverse needs of the community, while offering each person compassion, dignity, and respect.

CKF received its second three-year accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) for:

  • Detoxification: Alcohol and Other Drugs/Addictions (adults)
  • Intensive Outpatient Treatment: Alcohol and Other Drugs/Addictions (adults)
  • Outpatient Treatment: Alcohol and Other Drugs/Addictions (adults, children and adolescents)
  • Prevention/Diversion: Alcohol and Other Drugs/Addictions (adults, children and adolescents)
  • Residential Treatment: Alcohol and Other Drugs/Addictions (adults)

2013 Agency Accomplishments:

  • Implemented electronic health records
  • Contracted with three Managed Care Organizations through the newly implemented "KanCare" state Medicaid program
  • CKF launched into social media on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest
  • Raised over $250,000 for the Pathfinder@50 capital campaign
  • Received a grant to utilize a smartphone application developed by the University of Wisconsin-Madison (A-Chess) to assist patients in recovery.
  • Year 3 of the project "Grants to Expand Care Coordination" with the University of Kansas
  • Received a 3 year grant with the Salina Area United Way
  • CKF staff represented the agency in 42 community meetings or events involving more than 2,000 community members

CKF Stats

  • Region/Population Served-State of Kansas
  • Detox/Residential Beds: 20
  • Average Daily Census-Inpatient Unit: 18
  • Admissions into formal treatment services in 2013: 895
  • Top 5 diagnoses:
    • alcohol dependency (29%)
    • alcohol abuse (16%)
    • amphetamine abuse (13%)
    • marijuana abuse (12%)
    • amphetamines dependency (9%)
    • all other diagnoses (21%)
  • # hospital patients seen by CKF staff in 2013: 382
  • # of patients seen by Pathfinder Recovery Center staff in 2013: 957

CKF Services

  • Assessment & Referral
  • Outpatient Services
    • Individual & Family Counseling
    • Level I and Level II: Outpatient
    • Continuing Care Programs
  • Residential Services
    • Inpatient Treatment-20 bed facility
    • Social Detoxification
    • Medication Assisted Withdrawal
    • Buprenorphine Detox
    • Partial Day with Available Room & Board
  • Pathfinder Recovery Center
    • Inquiries
    • Recovery Coaching
    • Recovery Support Groups
    • Recovery Skills Groups
    • Interim Services-Passport to Change Group
    • Continuing Care Groups
    • Detox Support
    • Education/Treatment group Linkages
    • Aftercare Support
  • CKF@Salina Family Healthcare Center
    • Assessments/Referrals
    • Outpatient Groups
    • Individual and Family Counseling
    • Strategic Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (S.B.I.R.T.)
  • CKF@Salina Regional Health Center - crises intervention and treatment for patients with substance use disorders
  • Prevention - The Regional Prevention Center (RPC) and the Tobacco Use Prevention Coalition provide resources, educational opportunities, and community development activities in 17 counties in Kansas.

Prevention...Education Programs:

  • Alcohol/Drug Safety Action Projects (ADIS)- ADIS provides basic education about alcohol and other drugs and meets the requirements of K.S.A. 8-1567.
  • Youth Education and Safety (YES)- YES is an 8 hour educational program for adolescents at risk for substance use problems and their parents.
  • Tobacco Cessation Classes
  • Salina Weekend Intervention Program (SWIP)- Complies with Kansas DUI law requiring attendance at an alcohol/drug information program and for those whose offense calls for 48 hours of incarceration
  • Anger Management - 8 week program
  • Batterer's Intervention Program (BIP)- BIP is certified by the Kansas Attorney General's Office.

Loan Repayment and Tax Incentives:

All primary care physician opportunities in Salina qualify for the Kansas Medical Student Loan (KMSL), the Osteopathic Medical Service Scholarship (OMS) and the Kansas Bridging Plan.

For more information on this and other opportunities, please contact:
Heather Fuller
Executive Director

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