On January 6, Attorney General Jack Conway, joined by Governor Steve Beshear, First Lady Jane Beshear, and House Speaker Greg Stumbo, announced that more than $32 million recovered in settlements with two pharmaceutical companies will be used throughout Kentucky to expand substance abuse treatment, including opiate addictions.
According to data from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Kentucky currently only has one-tenth of the treatment beds it needs. This historic settlement has the ability to save lives and save communities across the commonwealth that are being impacted by the devastating effects of substance abuse and addiction.
Approximately $20 million from the settlement fund has been allocated for KY Kids Recovery, a juvenile substance abuse treatment grant program developed with the express purpose of expanding treatment beds at existing facilities across Kentucky and creating new juvenile treatment programs.
Attorney General Jack Conway, Gov. Steve Beshear, First Lady Jane Beshear and members of the Substance Abuse Treatment Advisory Committee announced on Aug. 11 that 19 substance abuse treatment grant proposals from across the Commonwealth have been selected for funding through the KY Kids Recovery program. The grants will fund comprehensive adolescent substance abuse treatment programs, both expanding treatment beds at existing facilities and creating new adolescent treatment programs with the full continuum of care, including intensive outpatient and follow-up care centers.
"These grants will fund public-private partnerships that will result in expanded treatment for teens in every region of Kentucky," said Attorney General Conway, who chairs the Substance Abuse Treatment Advisory Committee. "The KY Kids Recovery program is a critical investment in our ongoing effort to stop the cycle of addiction in our Commonwealth. The recipients of these grants will utilize evidence-based substance abuse treatment services to help families riddled with addiction and save lives in Kentucky."
Kentucky only has about one-tenth of the treatment beds it needs, and according to the most recent report from the Substance Abuse Health and Mental Services Administration, one in eight Kentucky high school students meet the criteria for a substance abuse disorder.
"Substance abuse among young people is devastating not only to the individual afflicted by the disease, but to their families, schools and communities," Mrs. Beshear said. "These statewide KY Kids Recovery investments will help break young Kentuckians' cycle of substance abuse through comprehensive treatment and follow-up care, setting them on the right path toward living addiction-free."
Gov. Beshear created the Substance Abuse Treatment Advisory Committee by executive order to oversee the KY Kids Recovery grant program and distribution of the settlement funds. Existing providers, new providers, community partnerships and nonprofits were eligible to apply for the KY Kids Recovery grants.
The Substance Abuse Treatment Advisory Committee submitted the 19 recommended proposals to Gov. Beshear, who approved the funding for the recipients. The programs recommended for funding are located in every region of the state and encompass all aspects of evidence-based, substance abuse services for adolescents, including prevention, outpatient counseling, intensive outpatient and residential services.
"Kentucky has been woefully lacking in comprehensive, statewide treatment options for youth who suffer from addiction and substance abuse disorders," Gov. Beshear said. "With these grants, families will now have places to turn to for help. Early detection and intervention are the keys to solving the larger problem of substance use and abuse across Kentucky."
$17,976,992 has been recommended in funding from an available total of $19,200,000. The remaining balance will be reserved for future statewide projects and administrative oversight of recipients' expenditures. Awards will be paid through Kentucky Housing Corporation, in compliance with state accounting procedures.
KY Kids Recovery Grant Award Recipients
Boys & Girls Haven, Louisville — $267,084
Will expand its existing programs to offer a continuum of substance abuse treatment services for adolescents and their family members across the Jefferson and Salt River Trail regions (Anderson, Bullitt, Breckinridge, Franklin, Grayson, Hardin, Henry, LaRue, Marion, Meade, Nelson, Oldham, Shelby, Spencer, Trimble, Washington and Woodford counties). These services will build upon the agency's expertise in providing community-based treatment.
Children's Home of Northern Kentucky — $1,500,000
Will initiate residential substance abuse treatment services for adolescents and expand its current Champions Program (Community-Based Behavioral Health Treatment for children and youth in grades 6-12) to include more intensive substance abuse treatment services. Residential treatment will be provided on the Covington campus, serving eight northern Kentucky counties (Boone, Campbell, Carroll, Gallatin, Grant, Kenton, Owen and Pendleton counties).
Communicare — $1,200,695
Provides behavioral health services to the eight-county Lincoln Trail Area Development District (Breckinridge, Grayson, Hardin, LaRue, Marion, Meade, Nelson and Washington counties). The proposal developed will expand existing adolescent substance abuse treatment services to include residential, partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient services. Communicare currently provides prevention, intervention and outpatient substance abuse treatment services for adolescents.
Cumberland River Behavioral Health — $959,775
Will open a 15-bed residential facility and an intensive outpatient program for substance abuse treatment in London. These programs will utilize evidence-based screening, assessment, treatment and continuing care recovery services for youth.
Four Rivers Behavioral Health — $315,876
Will implement an adolescent substance abuse intensive outpatient treatment program in Paducah. This program is available to residents of Ballard, Calloway, Carlisle, Fulton, Graves, Hickman, Livingston, McCracken and Marshall counties.
KVC Behavioral Health Care Kentucky, Inc. — $2,032,998
KVC Kentucky is designing the large-scale implementation of evidence-based, in-home services to treat adolescents with substance abuse and co-occurring disorders across 59 counties in central and eastern Kentucky.
Kentucky River Community Care — $686,165
Will provide substance abuse treatment services to adolescents in the Kentucky River Comprehensive Care area (Breathitt, Knott, Lee, Letcher, Leslie, Owsley, Perry and Wolfe counties). These services will range from initial screening through individual and group outpatient and residential treatment, where necessary.
Maryhurst — $932,928
The expansion of services to outpatient treatment reflects Maryhurst's mission of "serving those in greatest need" and provides the opportunity to bring these services to communities such as Shively in southwest Louisville, Portland in west Louisville, and surrounding counties. The expansion of services will include screening, assessment, mobile crisis intervention, peer and family support, intensive outpatient programs, outpatient therapy and residential services.
Methodist Home of Kentucky — $542,628
This program will use evidence-based practices to support the delivery of services in Woodford, Anderson, Clark, Bourbon, Boyle, Mercer, Powell, Garrard and Jessamine counties. The program includes assessment, case management services and four levels of treatment: outpatient, intensive outpatient, relapse prevention and residential.
Mountain Comprehensive Care Center — $192,720
The center is currently conducting a SAMHSA-funded and nationally ranked Assertive Adolescent and Family Treatment Program in Floyd and Pike counties in the Big Sandy Area Development District in eastern Kentucky, and due to the level of need, proposes to expand its services to all of the Big Sandy Region, including Floyd, Johnson, Magoffin, Martin and Pike counties. The project will build the capacity of staff to provide adolescent substance abuse prevention and early detection, as well as an outpatient substance abuse treatment program in local schools.
Necco — $1,371,283
Necco serves thousands of youth and their families each year through a variety of programs in Kentucky, Ohio, West Virginia and Georgia. Necco will offer a "Comprehensive Services for Youth with Substance Use Disorders" program. The program is built upon a foundation of evidence-based assessments and treatment utilizing nationally recognized intervention models. Necco will offer these services to youth and families in every county in the Commonwealth from office locations in Lexington, Paducah, Grayson, Bowling Green, Florence, Louisville, Hazard, Owensboro, Somerset and Elizabethtown.
Our Lady of Peace — $1,471,143
Part of KentuckyOne Health, Our Lady of Peace has partnered with 26 public high schools in Oldham, Jefferson, Bullitt, Hardin, Meade and Breckinridge counties to implement a three-year after-school substance abuse intensive outpatient program for adolescents, ages 14-18. Services will include mobile assessments, substance use prevention education, a community-based intensive outpatient program and after care. Additionally, Our Lady of Peace has partnered with the district and fiscal courts in Oldham, Henry and Trimble counties to implement a juvenile home incarceration program that will allow adolescents to engage in an after-school substance abuse outpatient program as an alternative to detention center placement following drug/alcohol violations.
Pathways — $841,655
A-STAR (Adolescent Substance abuse Treatment and Recovery) is Pathways Community Mental Health Center's answer to expanded adolescent substance abuse services in Kentucky's northeastern region (Bath, Boyd, Carter, Greenup, Lawrence, Montgomery, Morgan and Rowan counties). A-STAR will expand the continuum of services by adding three specialists in adolescent addiction treatment to serve the region. In addition, two recovery support specialists will work to ensure that participants have a network of recovery support to facilitate long-term success. Pathways will train and supervise 10 existing school-based staff to screen, assess and provide evidence-based addiction services to their caseloads. Pathways will work to replicate and expand the successful Boyd County Juvenile Substance Abuse Program in two other counties. Through this funding, the Early Intervention Program will be reinstituted to serve youth, schools, courts and families.
Pennyroyal Center — $1,075,131
The goal of the Pennyroyal Kentucky Kids Recovery Project is to reduce substance use and abuse among the youth of the Pennyroyal Region (Caldwell, Christian, Crittenden, Hopkins, Muhlenberg, Lyon, Todd and Trigg counties). Services will include a full array of substance abuse and co-occurring services, including assessment, individual, group, and family therapy, an intensive outpatient program, school services, mentoring, case management, in-home therapy services, medication-assisted treatment and residential services. In addition to the treatment program expansion, training will be provided for all staff involved in this program. It is projected that the project will expand services to treat 300 youth and their families.
Ramey Estep Homes — $1,521,744
Will create a dedicated residential substance abuse program and outpatient program. Ramey Estep Homes, located in Rush, will utilize existing facilities to dedicate residential beds that will serve youth from the entire state of Kentucky. Ramey also plans to enhance its network and its community-based services to create an outpatient substance abuse program with wraparound services that strengthens the continuum of care.
Rivendell Behavioral Health Hospital — $24,905
Currently has an inpatient and partial hospitalization adolescent substance abuse treatment program and is looking to expand on the program to better serve the needs of the community. The provider, located in Bowling Green, will develop outpatient programs for adolescents who struggle with substance abuse. The programs will utilize nationally recognized intervention models.
Specialized Alternatives for Families and Youth of Kentucky, Inc. (SAFY)— $1,089,271
The program will connect families to services that support and sustain long-term recovery. This includes the development of a realistic transitional plan to help adolescents and families successfully bridge the journey from home to a variety of treatment options and back to living, going to school and/or working in the community again. New treatment programs will be developed in high-need areas of Pulaski, Mason and Warren counties to address both substance use and trauma. SAFY will develop a training program to help foster parents support early intervention and/or treatment for youth and families needing substance use services. Foster parent training and support will open respite, crisis stabilization and recovery support in 70 counties across the Commonwealth.
The Ridge Behavioral Health System/Bluegrass.org— $1,350,008
The Ridge/Bluegrass Collaborative is a partnership effort between Ridge Behavioral Health and Bluegrass.org, the two largest providers of adolescent substance abuse services the Bluegrass area (Anderson, Bourbon, Boyle, Clark, Estill, Fayette, Franklin, Garrard, Harrison, Jessamine, Lincoln, Madison, Mercer Nicholas, Powell, Scott and Woodford counties). The project will implement the evidence-based Seven Challenges model of intervention across the full continuum of care for adolescents experiencing problems with all levels of substance abuse.
WestCare has a decade of experience in providing substance use and mental health treatment services to the citizens in eastern Kentucky. The organization will provide substance use treatment and prevention services for 500 eastern Kentucky youth over the next year. Outpatient treatment services for youth ages 16 to 21 will be available in Pike, Knott and Estill counties. The organization will also provide licensed residential substance use treatment to males using a youth track for ages 18 to 21 at Hal Rogers Appalachian Recovery Center in Pike County. WestCare Kentucky will target youth from 15 counties for residential services. The organization will also provide evidence-based prevention services to at least 300 area high school students in Pike and Estill counties.
Substance Abuse Advisory Committee
In addition to Attorney General Conway and Mrs. Beshear, committee members include Cabinet for Health and Family Services Secretary Audrey Tayse Haynes, Justice and Public Safety Secretary J. Michael Brown, Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy Director Van Ingram, Kentucky Housing Corporation Executive Director/CEO J. Kathryn Peters and Dr. Allen Brenzel, Clinical Director of the Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities. Rep. Jimmy Lee serves as an ex-officio member of the committee.
History of KY Kids Recovery Grants
The KY Kids Recovery grants were created after Attorney General Conway settled cases against two pharmaceutical companies for $32 million. The court orders filed in both settlements require that the funds be spent on drug treatment programs.
In addition to the $19 million in KY Kids Recovery grants, the settlement is providing $500,000 to complete construction of a Recovery Kentucky center in Carter County, $2.5 million for almost 900 scholarships over two years to Recovery Kentucky centers, and $560,000 to create 14 drug-free homes for people completing and transitioning out of residential substance abuse treatment programs.
The following entities are also receiving funds over the next two years from the settlement:
- $6 million to administer and upgrade KASPER, Kentucky's electronic prescription drug monitoring program.
- $1 million to support substance abuse treatment for pregnant women by Chrysalis House in Lexington and Independence House in Corbin.
- $1.5 million to the University of Kentucky to develop best practices for adolescent substance abuse treatment providers.
- $1 million to develop a school-based substance abuse screening tool with the Kentucky Department of Education to intervene with at-risk children before they enter judicial or social services systems.
- $250,000 to create a database to evaluate outcomes of adolescent treatment.