Governor Steve Beshear's Communications Office
Gov. Beshear Announces $3 Million in Grants for Heroin, Prescription Drug Abuse Treatment
FRANKFORT, Ky. – In the final issuance of funds allocated through landmark heroin legislation, Gov. Steve Beshear today announced more than $3 million in grants to provide substance abuse treatment for both county and state inmates in jails, and for injectable extended-release treatment for offenders as they are released from custody.
The injectable, known as Medically Assisted Treatment or MAT, is designed to prevent relapse.
The grant funds are part of the $10 million authorized in Senate Bill 192, bipartisan legislation passed in the 2015 legislative session aimed at curbing the rise in heroin use and opioid addiction.
“Throughout my administration we’ve worked across party lines to combat substance abuse, targeting methamphetamine, prescription drug abuse, synthetic drugs and, most recently, heroin,” Gov. Beshear said. “These grants will build on those initiatives, and will help expand critical treatment services to help individuals break the cycle of addiction.”
The latest grants will make it possible for the launch of new substance abuse treatment programs in six jails and the expansion of existing treatment programs in two other jails. In addition, some of these jail programs will also provide MAT. A total of $1.5 million will be allocated to the jail programs.
The new programs will bring the total number of substance abuse treatment slots provided by the Kentucky Department of Corrections to 5,773. This is an increase of more than 300 percent since the end of 2007, when the number of substance abuse treatment beds totaled 1,430.
Another $1.5 million will be used for MAT in state prisons for 763 offenders participating in substance abuse treatment programs.
The funded programs include:
- Boyd County Detention Center - A new 20-bed substance abuse program for male state inmates
- Casey County Detention Center – A new 50-bed substance abuse program for male state inmates
- Daviess County Detention Center – Expand current substance abuse program by 25 beds for state inmates
- Fayette County Detention Center – A new 20-bed substance abuse program for male state inmates; use of MAT
- Kenton County Detention Center – A new 70-bed substance abuse program (20 state inmates, 50 county inmates); use of MAT
- Laurel County Detention Center – A new 36-bed substance abuse program for county inmates
- Louisville Metro Department of Corrections – A 60-bed substance abuse program for county inmates; use of MAT
- Mason County Detention Center – Expand current substance abuse program by 20 beds (state inmates)
- Montgomery County Detention Center – A new 20-bed substance abuse program for county inmates
- Pulaski County Detention Center – Approved for use of MAT
- State prison substance abuse program participants – 763 beds