Stephanie Rhinehart

Prevention Program Manager, Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services/Behavioral Health Services

Ms. Rhinehart is the Prevention Program Manager for the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services/Behavioral Health Services, where she oversees the Prevention program focused on funding and supporting community level Coalitions implementing strategies and activities in youth and young adult Substance Use Prevention and statewide efforts related to Suicide Prevention across the lifespan. 

Ms. Rhinehart obtained her Bachelor of Social Work degree from Georgia State University and her Master of Social Work degree from The University of Georgia.

Ms. Rhinehart has been a Social Worker for over 25 years and is a Licensed Master Social Worker.

Ms. Rhinehart is the NPN representative for the State of Kansas.

Ms. Rhinehart serves on the state Prevention Subcommittee, 988 Planning Committee, Zero Suicide Advisory Board, CCBHC Collaboration, Statewide Suicide Prevention Coalition, Kansas Prescription Drug and Opioid Advisory Committee, and State Epidemiological Workgroup.

Ms. Rhinehart is responsible for overseeing Kansas Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant (Prevention), Synar Amendment, Sober Truth on Preventing Underage Drinking Act, SPRC State Needs Assessment, and SPF-Rx grant.

Prior to starting her career in Substance Use Prevention, Ms. Rhinehart worked in Child Abuse and Neglect Investigations, Therapeutic Foster Care, Infant/Toddler Social Worker for children with Developmentally Disabilities, Supervisor for Foster Care Homes and Family Preservation, Director of Foster Care and Kinship, Adoptions, including working as a Regional Adoption Coordinator and at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services/Administration for Children and Families/Children's Bureau as a Child Welfare Program Specialist.

Ms.  Rhinehart is a native of Wichita, Kansas where she currently resides, and is the mother of one son and loves traveling (especially to Conferences), church activities, documentaries, and the theater.  Her philosophy of life is reflective of a quote from the poet Anatole France who wrote, "To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe.”