Thursday, 02 13, 2014
Allison Gardner Martin
Attorney General Jack Conway, Gov. Steve Beshear, First Lady Jane Beshear and members of the Substance Abuse Treatment Advisory Committee announced Wednesday that a question and answer session for KY Kids Recovery grant applicants will be held on February 18, 2014 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Kentucky Capitol Annex Room 171 in Frankfort. Applicants may email questions they would like addressed at the meeting to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The grants will fund comprehensive juvenile substance abuse treatment programs, both expanding treatment beds at existing facilities and creating new juvenile treatment programs with the full continuum of care, including intensive outpatient and follow-up care centers. The deadline for submissions is March 31, 2014. The Substance Abuse Advisory Committee will review the ideas and invite the best responses to submit a second formal proposal. The committee’s request for information (RFI) may be found by visiting this link http://goo.gl/q7Q4wM.
Existing providers, new providers, community partnerships and non-profits may apply for KY Kids Recovery grants. For more information about the program and qualifications visit http://kykidsrecovery.ky.gov .
Substance Abuse Advisory Committee
Gov. Beshear created the Substance Abuse Treatment Advisory Committee by executive order to oversee the distribution of the settlement funds and the KY Kids Recovery grant program.
In addition to Attorney General Conway and First Lady Jane 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 Ashland, $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 will also receive 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 juvenile 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 juvenile treatment.
For more information about Attorney General Conway’s efforts to fight substance abuse, visit www.ag.ky.gov/rxabuse.