Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Secretary Robbie Rudolph Announces Funding for Recovery Kentucky Center in Campbellsville

Press Release Date:  Thursday, July 13, 2006  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

Dan Bayens

Rudolph visits Taylor County to make announcement on behalf of Governor Fletcher

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Executive Cabinet Secretary Robbie Rudolph visited Campbellsville today to announce that the city has received preliminary funding approval for the Campbellsville Development Center, a new 35-unit residential substance abuse recovery center for men.

The development is part of Governor Fletcher’s Recovery Kentucky initiative – a joint effort by the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD), the Department of Corrections, the Office of Drug Control Policy and Kentucky Housing Corporation – to build housing recovery centers across the state.  As transitional supportive housing developments, each center will use a recovery program model that includes peer support, daily living skills training, job responsibilities and challenges to practice sober living. 

The Campbellsville facility will follow the model of Lexington’s Hope Center by implementing a step-by-step recognition and recovery program. This facility is the eighth center across the state to receive approval for funding.

“Recovery Kentucky is proving to be an incredibly successful initiative, restoring hope and bringing opportunity to communities that have lacked the resources to adequately address the challenges of substance abuse,” said Secretary Rudolph.  “Campbellsville now joins the growing list of places in Kentucky where our citizens can turn for recovery from their addictions.”

“These centers provide the first step in easing the hold that drugs and alcohol have on the lives of addicts,” said Governor Fletcher. “Each Recovery Kentucky  facility we open means help for more individuals, and more hope for them to make a full recovery and learn the skills necessary to be productive citizens.”

The recovery center will receive $900,000 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding.   Additional funding for the project will come from other Recovery Kentucky partners.

Services for the center will be administered by Interlink Counseling Services, Inc., an experienced local provider that has been working in the region since 1993.  Over the years, Interlink has served more than 2,000 residential clients.

“Recovery Kentucky is a perfect example of what can be accomplished when we all work together,” said Senator Dan Kelly (R-Springfield).  “This unprecedented coordination between government agencies will provide Campbellsville with a fantastic resource to combat substance abuse and prepare participants for a smooth transition back to public life.”

The Recovery Kentucky program emerged in January 2005 in response to the Governor’s Drug Summit Task Force's assessment that recovery programs were essential if Kentucky was to address the escalating drug epidemic facing all regions of the state.    

In addition to Campbellsville, eight other Recovery Kentucky centers across the state have received approval for funding.  The centers are a service-based facility patterned after the self-help and education model used successfully at the Hope Center in Lexington and The Healing Place in Louisville. The centers provide shelter and a safe place to recover while providing peer support, daily living skills training, job responsibilities and challenges to practice sober living.

The goal of the Recovery Kentucky program is to have at least two recovery centers in each congressional district.  Residents must make the commitment to overcome their addictions, be over the age of 18 and be homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

The Recovery Kentucky program is a multi-agency program leveraging funds from the Governor's Office for Local Development (GOLD), Kentucky Housing Corporation (KHC), and the Justice and Safety Cabinet through the Department of Corrections and the Office of Drug Control Policy. These agencies have developed a financial plan that makes available construction and operational financing which includes a $2.5 million allocation of Low Income Housing Tax Credits as well as Federal HOME funds and Affordable Housing Trust Fund dollars from KHC for construction costs. Operational funding includes approximately $4 million from GOLD’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program and approximately $3 million from the Department of Corrections.

The financing package requires no new state dollars - construction funds and CDBG funds are federal dollars and Corrections' money represents the cost savings derived from this less costly alternative to incarceration. Corrections will finance one-third of the beds in the housing recovery centers to help non-violent offenders recover from alcohol and/or drug abuse.

Heartland Commerce and Technology Park

Also while in Campbellsville, Secretary Rudolph presented local officials with a ceremonial check for $200,000 in Community Economic Growth Grant (CEGG) funding for the Heartland Commerce and Technology Park.  The money will be used to complete Phase I of the development of the Park, which includes site preparation, erosion control, earthwork, water service and other utility installations.

“The development of the Heartland Commerce and Technology Park provides the type of forward thinking that our community requires to compete in today’s hi-tech marketplace,” Representative Russ Mobley (R-Campbellsville).  “This project will better equip Campbellsville to attract high paying jobs and bring in new development.”

The Heartland Commerce and Technology Park is a new light industrial/commercial development in Taylor County.  The newly developed park is 200 acres. The park will feature large capacity utilities such as gas, water, sewer, electric and phone/telecommunications for high-tech firms and businesses.

Palmer Engineering Company has been hired to formulate a number of phases to ensure an orderly and well thought out sequence for development of the park. 

The CEGG program, administered by GOLD, provides grants to assist eligible recipients with funding for projects that will enhance economic development of their respective community.  Funding is available to counties, cities, special districts and school districts.

Body Armor Funding

Secretary Rudolph also presented the Campbellsville Police Department with a $5,284 ceremonial check to be used to acquire body armor.  The funds will allow for the purchase of 14 officer vests and one service animal vest.

The Kentucky Body Armor Program allows law enforcement agencies to acquire body armor for their sworn officers.  Funding for the program is derived from the sale of firearms that have been confiscated by state and local law enforcement agencies.  The program is a collaborative effort by the Governor's Office for Local Development (GOLD), the Kentucky State Police and the Division of Surplus Equipment. The current state price contract amount for an officer vest is $331.00 while the average cost of a canine vest is approximately $650.00.

Applications for the Kentucky Body Armor Program are available through the Governor's Office for Local Development and are accepted on a continual basis.  Projects are selected for funding three or four times a year based on need and the availability of funds.  Since its establishment, the program has approved 3,914 officer vests and 31 service animal vests.  This represents $1,463,703 that has been sent to local law enforcement agencies.  Additionally over $211,000 has been provided to the Kentucky State Police for new equipment.  The Kentucky Body Armor Program is administered by the Governor’s Office for Local Development.