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Attorney General Beshear Brings Funds for Addicted, Visits Young Scholars, Talks with RCN

Attorney General Andy Beshear visited Northern Kentucky and dropped off a big check for addiction services, visited with Governor's Scholars at Northern Kentucky University, and sat down for a podcast chat with The River City News.

The first-term Democrat presented a check worth $450,000 to Transitions, Inc. in Covington to support the Women's Residential Addiction Program (WARP).

The money comes from funds recovered in the Purdue Pharma case that Kentucky lawmakers allocated for 15 different recovery facilities and drug treatment centers.

Including Transitions, Beshear has presented nearly $7.5 million in funding to 14 recovery facilities and drug treatment centers across the state.

“As a result of this court settlement, my office is able to provide support to Transitions and other deserving drug treatment and recovery agencies throughout the Commonwealth,” Beshear said. “Transitions has been saving lives for 47 years. I am honored to support what they are doing to improve the lives of women and their families throughout Northern Kentucky.”

Transitions is a residential chemical dependency treatment program that serves men and women in the Northern Kentucky area. Services include short-term and long-term residential programs, intensive outpatient treatment, mental health counseling, targeted case management and sober living. Transitions’ WRAP House is one of the few residential programs that allow women with children under the age of 12 to reside with them during treatment. Clients that complete residential treatment programs are offered access to outpatient aftercare counseling for up to year.

“Transitions Inc. is humbled and grateful to receive the funds from the Commonwealth of Kentucky,” said Jim Beiting, CEO of Transitions. “The funding will go a long way to keep the WRAP House operating as a beacon of hope for women struggling with the disease of addiction.”

“Helping women and families access treatment for drug and alcohol addiction is one of the most important things we can do to stop substance abuse in Northern Kentucky,” said Rep. Dennis Keene, of Wilder. “Thanks to Attorney General Beshear, we will have valuable resources to help families and save lives in our community.”

“Northern Kentucky has been hit especially hard when it comes to addiction, so this money comes at an ideal time as we work to help as many as we can escape this deadly cycle,” said state Rep. Arnold Simpson, of Covington. “I was proud to support this spending plan when the General Assembly adopted the budget and am confident that Transitions Inc. will put its portion to good use.”

Meanwhile, Beshear also paid a visit to NKU's Governor's Scholars, a statewide program that brings bright young people to state universities for several weeks every summer. It was a bit of a homecoming for the attorney. He was a Governor's Scholar in 1995 on the Highland Heights campus.

“For more than 30 years, Governor’s Scholars has been helping our high school students realize their potential and the amazing opportunities right here in Kentucky,” Beshear said. “Over the last several weeks visiting this year’s class, I have met some outstanding young men and women and heard amazing stories of true passion and determination.”

Beshear has visited the program's participants at NKU, Murray State, and Morehead State.

The attorney general talked about the addiction funding, how NKU has changed, and other issues facing Kentucky in an in-depth conversaton with RCN.