Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Ernie Fletcher Breaks Ground for Recovery Kentucky Center in Morehead
Morehead Inspiration Center will help address substance abuse challenges
FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher visited Morehead today to break ground for the Morehead Inspiration Center, a 38-unit residential substance abuse center for men. The facility will provide counseling, support and hope for homeless men 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 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.
“Eastern Kentucky is in great need of this recovery center, which will provide area citizens with the services necessary to eliminate substance abuse and purge addiction,” said Governor Fletcher. “This facility will offer hope and stability to the homeless population in Morehead and the surrounding communities.”
The center will be operated by Pathways, Inc., a private, nonprofit organization that provides comprehensive services to several counties in the area. Established in 1967, Pathways operates 40 facilities in the Eastern Kentucky region and continues to grow. More than 500 employees provide complete and professional services to 14,000 people annually.
“Services of this type are few in the region and the waiting lists are long,” said Senator Walter Blevins (D-Sandy Hook). “This new center will serve up to 100 homeless men at a time, nearly doubling the occupancy of area substance abuse facilities.”
Without a stable place to live and a support system to help them address their underlying problems, most homeless people who also suffer from substance abuse and addiction bounce around from shelters, public hospitals, psychiatric institutions and detoxification centers. While the chronically homeless only represent one-quarter of the homeless population, they consume over 50 percent of homeless resources. It is estimated that the Recovery Kentucky initiative will save Kentuckians millions in tax dollars that would have been spent on emergency room visits and jail costs.
“For quite some time, Eastern Kentucky has experienced the challenges of substance abuse and addiction,” said Representative Rocky Adkins (D-Sandy Hook). “This new facility provides a great opportunity to effectively engage this devastating problem.”
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 to address the escalating drug epidemic facing all regions of the state.
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.