Kentucky Court of Justice
Drug Court programs statewide requesting supplies for U.S. troops in Afghanistan during National Drug Court Month

Press Release Date:  Monday, May 13, 2013  
Contact Information:  Jamie Neal
Public Information Specialist
502-573-2350, x 50033

Drug Court Works! To Support Our Troops FRANKFORT, Ky. -- In celebration of National Drug Court Month, Kentucky Drug Court programs statewide are collecting supplies for active-duty soldiers in Afghanistan throughout May. Drug Court programs are asking the public to give items the troops need and requesting that agencies and businesses serve as donation sites.

“Drug Court provides participants an opportunity to experience freedom from addiction,” Kentucky Drug Court manager Elizabeth Nichols said. “During National Drug Court Month in May, Drug Court programs and their participants want to serve the men and women who help protect freedom for all Americans. We need the community’s support to be successful. Please donate items to help soldiers wherever you see a ‘Drug Court Works to Support Our Troops’ box with the American flag and yellow ribbon and, if you head a business or an agency, offer to serve as a collection site.”
Drug Court programs serve 115 of Kentucky’s 120 counties. Each of seven Drug Court regions is requesting specific items for the troops. The items needed are listed below. To obtain a list of donation sites or volunteer to serve as a donation site, contact the local Drug Court program at the email address or phone number provided below.  

The donations will be combined and presented to the military in June to be delivered overseas. 

The National Association of Drug Court Professionals hosts National Drug Court Month each May to highlight the impact of drug court programs across the nation.

The “Drug Court Works! To Support Our Troops” logo was designed by Jimmy Newland, who graduated from the Crittenden County Drug Court program in March. Newland’s logo was selected in a design contest that was hosted by Kentucky Drug Court and received 39 entries from Drug Court participants and one graduate (Newland).

Lewis County Drug Court participant Michael Smith placed second and Powell County Drug Court participant Brenda Jones placed third in the contest.

The competition was judged by a Drug Court Month Committee composed of staff members from each Drug Court region.

Local Information
Region 1
Counties: Ballard, Caldwell, Calloway, Carlisle, Christian, Crittenden, Fulton, Graves, Hickman, Hopkins, Logan, Livingston, Lyon, Marshall, McCracken, McLean, Muhlenberg, Todd, Trigg, Union and Webster counties

Items needed:
Aspirin/pain relievers
Anti-bacterial gel
Baby wipes
Body powder                  
Air fresheners
AA batteries                                                                                      
Board games                  
Beef jerky                                     
Ballard/Carlisle/Fulton/Hickman counties: Violeta Barnes, or 270-628-0390
Caldwell/Livingston/Lyon/Trigg: Douglas Martin, or 270-365-5726
Calloway/Marshall counties: Shelly Groves, or 270-753-2414
Christian County: Mike Walker, or 270-889-6016
Crittenden/Union/Webster counties: Amber Miller, or 270-389-2271
Graves County: Kimberly Brand, or 270-247-8711
Hopkins County: Karen Bridges, or 270-824-7326
Logan/Todd counties: Jennifer Watson, or 270-889-6016
McCracken County: David Wallace, or 270-575-7158
McLean/Muhlenberg: Marianne Darity,, 270-338-9947
Region 2
Counties: Allen, Barren, Breckinridge, Butler, Daviess, Edmonson, Grayson, Hancock, Hardin, Henderson, Meade, Metcalfe, Ohio, Simpson and Warren counties

Items needed:
Dental floss                             
Disposable razors    
Lip balm
Crossword/word find puzzles
Tuna in a pouch

Allen/Simpson counties: Chas Taylor, or 270-237-3617
Barren/Metcalfe counties: Candy Reed, or 270-651-1494
Breckinridge/Grayson/Meade counties: Becky Heibert, or 270-422-3030
Butler/Edmonson/Hancock/Ohio counties: Rhonda Vaughn, or 270-526-8886
Daviess County: Ray Austin, or 270-687-7014
Hardin County: Diane Hopkins, or 270-766-5265
Henderson County: Jamie Berry, or 270-827-5595
Warren County: Kathy Glenn, or 270-746-7043

Region 3
Counties: Adair, Casey, Clinton, Cumberland, Garrard, Green, Hart, Jessamine, Knox, LaRue, Laurel, Lincoln, Marion, McCreary, Monroe, Nelson, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Russell, Taylor, Washington, Wayne and Whitley counties

Items needed:
Baby wipes
Cotton swabs
Eye drops                                              
Foot powder                                                                
Gallon-size resealable plastic bags     
Small to-go packets of powdered creamer 
Granola bars                             
Hard candy

Adair County: Megan Long, or 270-384-1083
Casey County: Kevin Slone, or 606-787-0695
Clinton/Cumberland counties: Barry Cross, or 606-387-0945
Garrard/Jessamine counties: Patricia Rhorer, or 859-885-3145
Green/Marion/Taylor/Washington counties: Jennifer Caulk, or 270-465-0681
Hart/LaRue/Nelson counties: Kayce Osborne, or 502-349-0745
Knox County: Patricia Sears, or 606-545-5423
Laurel County: Cindi Reams Wagers, or 606-330-2150
Lincoln/Pulaski/Rockcastle counties: Ryan Tucker, or 606-677-4321
McCreary County: Clarence Matthews, or 606-376-1511
Monroe County: Arlyn Mink, or 270-487-0806
Russell/Wayne counties: Diana Catron, or 270-343-3954
Whitley County: Tracy Richardson, or 606-549-9956
Region 4
Counties: Bell, Breathitt, Clay, Estill, Floyd, Harlan, Jackson, Johnson, Knott, Lawrence, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Magoffin, Martin, Owsley, Perry, Pike, Powell and Wolfe counties

Items needed:
Lip balm
Mouth spray/breath strips
Nasal spray
Petroleum jelly (like Vaseline)
Small packages of tissues
News magazines
Instant soup

Bell County: Linda Greene, or 606-337-2284
Breathitt/Powell/Wolfe counties: Drema Terry, or 606-666-8383
Clay/Jackson/Leslie counties: Dana Caldwell, or 606-672-2437
Estill/Lee/Owsley counties: Wilma Spicer, or 606-464-2102
Floyd County: Sue Blackburn, or 606-886-2838
Harlan County: Joe Baker, or 606-573-1558
Johnson/Lawrence/Martin counties: Susan Stumbo, or 606-789-9811
Knott County: Glenda Shrum, or 606-785-5605
Letcher County: Brenda Hall, or 606-633-8925
Magoffin County: Daphne Helton, or 606-349-6624
Perry County: Billie Adams, or 606-435-6145
Pike County: Rebecca Swiney, or 606-433-7043

Region 5
Counties: Bath, Boyd, Carter, Clark, Elliott, Fayette, Greenup, Lewis, Madison, Menifee, Montgomery, Morgan and Rowan counties

Items needed:
Blank post cards
Paperback books
Protein bars
Protein powder/shakes
Ravioli (pop-top cans)

Bath/Menifee/Montgomery/Rowan counties: Carmen Rogers, or 859-498-0240
Boyd County: Bill Church, or 606-739-0259
Carter/Elliott/Morgan counties: Jessica Newman, or 606-743-2112
Clark/Madison counties: Audrey Collins, or 859-623-6320
Fayette County: Danielle Sanders, or 859-246-2501
Greenup/Lewis counties: Andy Harris, or 606-473-0769

Region 6
Counties: Bourbon, Franklin, Boone, Bracken, Campbell, Fleming, Gallatin, Harrison, Kenton, Mason, Nicholas, Pendleton, Robertson, Scott and Woodford counties

Items needed:
Travel-size tissues
Small fruit packs
Snacks that can withstand heat
Summer sausage
Sunflower seeds
Sweetened drink mixes
Toaster pastries

Boone/Gallatin counties: Chris Blake, or 859-586-0802
Bourbon/Scott/Woodford counties: Arin Cox, or 859-873-5439
Bracken/Fleming/Mason counties: Jane Bailey, or 606-666-8383
Campbell/ Kenton counties: Paul Dierig, or 859-292-6643
Franklin County: Curtis Montague, or 502-564-0332
Harrison/Nicholas/Pendleton/Robertson counties: Andrea Hinton, or 859-234-3520

Region 7
Counties: Anderson, Bullitt, Henry, Jefferson, Oldham, Shelby, Spencer and Trimble counties

Items needed:
Aloe Vera gel
Hand warmers
Soft toilet paper
Travel games
Velcro of all sizes (green and/or black only)
Instant coffee, caffeinated
Tea bags
Trail mix

Anderson/Shelby/Spencer counties: JoAnn Rowan, or 502-647-3774
Bullitt County: Erin Bohannon, or 502-543-2946
Henry/Oldham/Trimble counties: DeAnna Fields, or 502-222-1715
Jefferson County: Latevia Priddy/Charlie Doram, or or 502-595-3376
About Kentucky Drug Court
Kentucky Drug Court is administered through the Administrative Office of the Courts in Frankfort, which oversees 55 adult programs that serve 115 counties. Drug Court’s mission is to provide court-supervised treatment as an alternative to incarceration. The program’s success can be measured in the number of lives changed and the cost savings to Kentucky taxpayers. For every $1 spent on Drug Court graduates, the state saves $2.72 on what it would have spent on incarcerating these individuals.

The program has helped reduce illicit drug use and related criminal activity and lowered rearrest, reconviction and reincarceration rates. It has increased payments of delinquent child support and improved employment rates. As of June 30, 2012, 5,370 individuals had graduated from Drug Court programs statewide and participants had paid $3.5 million in child support and $3.9 million in court obligations, including restitution and fines.

Drug Court coordinates the efforts of the judiciary, prosecution, defense bar, probation, law enforcement, mental health, social services and treatment communities to actively intervene and break the cycle of substance abuse, addiction and crime. The program consists of three phases that last at least one year and are followed by aftercare. Drug Court staff and participants work together to develop individual program plans with specific responsibilities and goals with timetables. Plans include group, family and individual counseling; frequent and random urine testing; education and vocational training; scheduled payments of restitution, child support and court fees; and health and community activities. Participants report directly to their Drug Court judge, who rewards progress and sanctions noncompliance.

When participants successfully complete the program, charges may be dismissed through diversion, or conditional discharge may be granted through probation. Judges who participate in Drug Court volunteer their time to the program.

Administrative Office of the Courts
The AOC is the operations arm for the state court system and supports the activities of nearly 3,300 court system employees and 403 elected justices, judges and circuit court clerks. As the fiscal agent for the state court system, the AOC executes the Judicial Branch budget.