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Youth Drug Treatment Program to Be Funded by State at Children's Home

Nineteen substance abuse treatment grant proposals from across Kentucky -- including one from Covington -- have been selected for funding through the KY Kids Recovery program.

The grants, announced by Attorney General Jack Conway and Governor Steve & Jane Beshear, will fund comprehensive adolescent substance abuse treatment programs, 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 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.” 

In Covington, the Children's Home of Northern Kentucky will receive $1.5 million to initiate a residential substance abuse treatment services for adolescents and to expand its Champions Program (Community-based Behavioral Health Treatment for children and youth in grades 6 to 12) to include more intensive substance abuse treatment services. The residential treatment will be provided on the Covington campus in Devou Park and will serve eight Northern Kentucky counties: Boone, Campbell, Carroll, Gallatin, Grant, Kenton, Owen, and Pendleton.

Necco received $1.3 million. It 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 utilizingnationally recognized intervention models. Necco will offer these services to youth and families in every county in the Commonwealth from office locations in Florence, Lexington, Paducah, Grayson, Bowling Green, Louisville, Hazard, Owensboro, Somerset, and Elizabethtown.

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,” Jane 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.

-Staff report

Photo: Children's Home of Northern Kentucky in Covington/provided