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2003 Senate Bill 123: An Alternative Sentencing Policy For Non-Violent Drug Possession Offenders.

by Gert Cozadd last modified Oct 04, 2018 01:13 PM

 What is Senate Bill 123?

On November 1, 2003 legislation become effective that provides that certain adult offenders sentenced for a first or second drug possession be sentenced to Community Corrections intensive supervision and be required to successfully complete a certified drug treatment program in lieu of being sentenced to a state correctional facility.


To provide community intervention and the opportunity for treatment to certain offenders with substance abuse problems in order to address more effectively prison recidivism of substance abusers in the state prison system, which should be reserved for serious, violent offenders.


There are four primary partners in the SB 123 process, each with their own responsibility.

The Kansas Department of Aging and Disability Services.

Is the licensing and regulatory body of Substance Abuse Treatment Agencies for the state of Kansas.  As licensure is already regulated regulated,  KDOC trust the judgment of KDADS.

The Association of Addiction and Prevention Services.

The Association of Addiction and Prevention and Specialist in the licensing body for certified drug and alcohol counselors in Kansas.  Kansas Department of Community Corrections accepts full counselor credentials from AAPS as valid. 

Kansas Department of Corrections.  

Responsible for the certification of all treatment providers who wish to assess and treat SB 123 clients.

Provide Cognitive-Behavioral Intervention Tools (CBIT), Cognitive-Behavioral Intervention Curriculum (T4C) and Substance Abuse Treatment (SAP) for Counselors.

Collaborate with Providers in coordination with KDADS and Kansas Sentencing Commission.

Kansas Sentencing Commission.

The main responsibility the Sentencing Commission in regards to Senate Bill 123 is to reimburse the 127 certified Senate Bill 123 treatment providers for approximately $6.9 millions in services to SB 123 offenders each year.

SB 123 Provider Requirements

Agencies must submit an implementation plan detailing the integration of cognitive concepts into SB 123 treatment to KDOC.

License by Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS) and Kansas Association of Addiction and Prevention.  For additional information about licensure, you may contact the KDADS at 785-296-6807 or access the KDADS website.

Counselor certification in the Cognitive-Behavioral Intervention Tools (CBIT), Cognitive-Behavioral Intervention Curriculum (T4C) and Substance Abuse Treatment (SAP) for Counselors.

To be eligible to provide SB 123 services must have an "Implementation Plan" approved by Kansas Department of Corrections.

Counselor certification on the administration of the Substance Abuse Subtle Screening Inventory III (SASSI-III)

Note:  Agencies performing one or more of the following; Assessments, Social Detox or Drug Education Services DO NOT need to have someone certified in the cognitive-behavioral tools but must be licensed by KDADS-AAPS.

Counselor Requirements:

Be certified by the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS). 

Certification with Addiction and Prevention Services (AAPS).  KDOC confirms each applicant's counselor certification status with the Kansas Alcohol and Addictions Professional (KAAP).  KAAP may be reached at (800) 880-2352 or by email at

Be certified in the Cognitive-Behavioral Intervention Tools, Cognitive-Behavioral Intervention Curriculum, Substance Abuse Treatment. For more information about training click here.

Re-certification every 4 years.

Counselors not in compliance with the above stated requirements will not be considered for certification by KDOC.

Getting Started

Once approved by Kansas Department of Community Corrections, providers must also complete the following documentation with Kansas Sentencing Commission and Community Corrections to ensure payment.

Enter into a "Provider Agreement with Community Corrections Agency" with each Community Corrections agency to whom they intend to provide services.

Enter into a "Quality Service Organization Agreement (QSOA)" with their Community Corrections and Kansas and Kansas Sentencing Commission.  NOTE: Agencies performing detoxification services only do NOT need to have someone certified in cognitive-behavioral tools but must be licensed by AAPS.                                                                                                    

2003 SB 123 Program Information and Updates.

2003 SB123 program updates are available from the Kansas Sentencing Commission (KSC). The KSC website includes Quarterly Conference Reports and a variety of supplemental material relevant to on-going 2003-SB123 activity.  To access the SB 123 Operations Manual or access additional information you will need to go the Kansas Sentencing Commission’s website or call the commission at (785) 296-0923.

Operations Manual

The 2003-SB123 Operations Manual provides the background of the Senate Bill, the full text of 2003-SB 123, with overview for implementation with chapters regarding Community Corrections and Treatment Providers. The document also provides you with all the required forms that support SB 123. KSC posts updated forms on its website.

SB 123 Approved Substance Abuse Treatment Programs

Approved 2003-SB123 Treatment Providers.

This spreadsheet provides you with a listing of substance abuse treatment providers who have been approved by KDOC to provide services to SB 123 clients. If you have any questions regarding the information contained herein, please feel free to contact Gert Cozadd at or by phone at 785-296-3998.


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