Kelly Center Drug and Alcohol Wellness Network (DAWN) is the substance abuse treatment program provided by the student support services at Fort Hays State University. Located in FHSU’s Kelly Center, Kelly Center Drug and Alcohol Wellness Network provides access to a range of support services for both students and self-referred clients from the Hays, Kansas community. The substance abuse treatment program is outpatient and uses evidence-based methods of treatment with an emphasis on education and awareness.
Treatment and Staff
As the DAWN program is university-based, it operates under a unique structure of treatment. There are drug and alcohol evaluations offered, but clients are not required to complete an assessment in order to enroll in the counseling portion of the program. All treatment is individualized and scheduled based on the unique needs of the client.
Counseling is in the form of individual therapy and is scheduled independently by clients. Counselors use CBT and aim to identify the unique triggers that cause clients to use and abuse drugs or alcohol and then further help them find better outlets. There is also peer support group therapy as well as educational groups available to help develop healthy friendships to prevent other students from heading down the same unhealthy path.
The DAWN program also offers court-ordered Alcohol Information Sessions. The 12 steps are not integrated into treatment, although clients may be referred to local chapters if desired.
As the DAWN program is only one department of the student support center, clients have access to a range of other services, including academic support, general counseling, online mental health screenings, accessibility services and life skills workshops. Additionally, Tiger CLAWS (Campus Leaders Advocating Wellness for Students) is an educational program that connects students in peer groups to encourage healthy decision making in risky situations. This program is closely linked with Safe Ride—a hotline for those who are too intoxicated to drive.
The Kelly Center Drug and Alcohol Wellness Network is primarily designed for students attending FHSU, although the general public may benefit from the educational groups and the AIS. For those who are at risk of or are currently abusing alcohol and drugs, this is an ideal basic program utilizing traditional therapy that can start them on a road to recovery.
Kelly Center Drug and Alcohol Wellness Network
Fort Hays State University
600 Park St
Hays, KS 67601
Kelly Center Drug and Alcohol Wellness Network Cost: Free for students. Reach Kelly Center Drug and Alcohol Wellness Network by phone at (785) 628-4401.
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