Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Ernie Fletcher Breaks Ground for Recovery Kentucky Center in Hopkinsville

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, August 09, 2006  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

Dan Bayens

Stacy Floden

Trilogy Center will provide support for women

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher visited Hopkinsville today to break ground for the Trilogy Center for Women, a 35-unit female residential substance abuse center.  The facility will provide counseling, support and hope for homeless women recovering from drug and alcohol addiction.

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 (ODCP) and Kentucky Housing Corporation (KHC) – 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 Recovery Kentucky initiative challenges participants to live more stable and productive lives by providing an opportunity to address the underlying problems of homelessness,” said Governor Ernie Fletcher.  “Women in Hopkinsville will have the supportive housing they need to combat drug and alcohol addiction and retain sobriety.”

The lack of adequate program space in Hopkinsville indicates a particular need for a recovery center in the area.  Currently, women in Western Kentucky must relocate outside their geographic area to access the supportive housing they need to retain their sobriety.  When finished, the Trilogy Center will serve as many as 100 women at a time.

“Many women who suffer from addiction and substance abuse lack the resources to help them address their problems,” said Representative James Carr (R-Hopkinsville).  “This facility will provide hope and opportunity to combat the many challenges these women face.”

The center will be developed and operated by the Pennyroyal Regional Mental Health – Mental Retardation Board, Inc., a community mental health provider in Hopkinsville.  Pennyroyal operates five clinics in the region, providing services to over 15,000 consumers each year for psychiatric services and case management.

“There are hundreds of women on waiting lists for substance abuse facilities in Western Kentucky,” said Senator Joey Pendleton (D-Hopkinsville).  “This new recovery center will go a long way towards addressing this need and will be a tremendous resource for the city of Hopkinsville and the entire area.”

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.    

“This center will be a real asset for Hopkinsville,” said Representative James Bruce (D-Hopkinsville).  “A supportive housing facility is greatly needed in Western Kentucky and I am happy that Governor Fletcher supported this project and that a number of government agencies worked together to make this a reality.”

Recovery Kentucky 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 program has been named “A Model That Works” by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The goal of the Recovery Kentucky program is to have at least two recovery centers in each congressional district.  Half of the centers are designated for women and half are designated for men.  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 leverages funds from GOLD, KHC, ODCP and the Department of Corrections. These agencies have developed a financial plan that makes available construction and operational financing which includes the 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 money from GOLD’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program and funding from the Department of Corrections. The financing package requires no new state dollars.

Pennyrile Drug Task Force Funding

Governor Fletcher also presented a ceremonial check from ODCP in the amount of $417,000 to the Pennyrile Drug Task Force.  The task force provides drug enforcement to a 14-county region in Western Kentucky.

Since 1988, the Pennyrile Drug Task Force has conducted numerous drug roundups which have had a significant impact in the region.  In 2005 alone, the task force initiated 920 criminal investigations which resulted in the arrest of 522 defendants and the seizure of $7,552 in drug proceeds and assets.

Jail Treatment Funding

Also while in Hopkinsville, Governor Fletcher presented two ceremonial checks to officials from Christian and Hopkins Counties to expand their treatment programming.  The funding will provide substance abuse treatment for those incarcerated in the counties’ correctional facilities. 

Christian County received $62,666 and Hopkins County received $32,500.  The programs were initiated in 2005 through a grant from ODCP. 

Pennyroyal Regional Prevention Center Funding

Governor Fletcher also presented a ceremonial check from ODCP for $69,396.43 to local officials for the Pennyroyal Regional Prevention Center.  The center provides technical assistance to establish or maintain Agency for Substance Abuse Policy (ASAP) groups in eight counties (Caldwell, Christian, Crittenden, Hopkins, Lyon, Muhlenberg, Todd and Trigg). 

The prevention center also has an Early Intervention Specialist who provides education for individuals under-21 who received a DUI but recorded a blood alcohol level lower than .08.  This program is also delivered to high-risk youth.  The center also currently operates active Champions for a Drug Free Kentucky groups in Caldwell, Christian, Crittenden, Lyon, Muhlenberg, Todd and Trigg Counties.

Land & Water Conservation Fund Grant

Governor Fletcher also announced his recommendation that a Land & Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) grant in the amount of $40,000 be approved.  The funding will be used to construct a pavilion at the Trail of Tears Commemorative Park in Hopkinsville. 

“The Trail of Tears is a significant part of the history of Hopkinsville and Christian County,” said Governor Fletcher.  “It is important that we recognize and acknowledge this tragic event and pay tribute to Native Americans and their culture.”

The park hosts the annual Trail of Tears Pow Wow, which commemorates the anniversary of the tragic removal of Cherokees from their ancestral homelands in the southeast, across the Mississippi to Indian Territory, which is now Oklahoma.  This forced removal affected Hopkinsville, which was along the trail, and served as a major stopping point for the Cherokees during the harsh winter of 1838 and 1839.  Kentucky is particularly relevant to Cherokees, since the state land is a part of Cherokee ancestral homeland.

In 1987, soon after congress established The Trail of Tears National Historic Trail, the Trail of Tears Commemorative Park became the first site to be certified as an official part of the newly established National Historic Trail.

The "Pow Wow" pavilion will be a 90' x 80' open air pavilion with 16' ceiling, metal roof and ceiling.  The pavilion will provide a place for the annual Pow Wow, family gatherings and other outdoor recreational opportunities.