Kansas Free Narcan Program

Kansas citizens or organizations can request a free naloxone (Narcan) kit or fentanyl test strips.  Naloxone (Narcan) can be carried and administered by anyone to reverse the life-threatening effects of an opioid overdose, while fentanyl test strips can prevent someone from unknowingly ingesting a lethal dose of fentanyl. Learn more and submit a request at www.dccca.org/naloxone-program.

DCCCA is funded for this project by the Kansas Dept. of Aging and Disability Services (KDADS) through the State Opioid Response (SOR) grant initiative from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and Healthy Blue of Kansas.

Sedgwick Co. Offers Free “File of Life” Magnets

Sedgwick County EMS is offering residents a free “File of Life” magnet with a sleeve that holds a patient’s medical information. 

First responders are trained to look for the magnet on the refrigerator during emergencies so they can obtain health information pertinent to the situation.

If you are interested in getting one, visit www.SedgwickCounty.org/ems/ems-file-of-life, and at the bottom of the page submit your name and mailing address.

Patients can download and complete a File of Life form which can be placed with the magnet. In addition to offering more space to write your information, this form has questions about primary care physicians, your preferred hospital, medical history and prescription medication(s) you may be taking.  

Here’s where you can download the File of Life form: https://bit.ly/3rSLxNg  

Temp WIC Benefit Increase Extended in Missouri  

Missouri WIC announced the extension of the temporary increase of the Cash Value Benefit for Fruit and Vegetable Purchases (CVB) starting October 2023 and lasting through September 2024. 

Eligible participants must contact their WIC local agency immediately to schedule an appointment to load the additional benefits on their eWIC card before redeeming any October benefits. Participants who redeem any October benefits before receiving the increase will not receive the increase until November and must return to the local agency prior to November to update their eWIC card.

The new monthly amounts will be $26 for child participants, $47 for pregnant and postpartum participants, $52 for breastfeeding participants, and $78 for women exclusively breastfeeding multiples. Previous CVB values range from $9-11.