Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Ernie Fletcher Announces Plans for Liberty Place Recovery Center in Madison County

Press Release Date:  Friday, August 25, 2006  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

Dan Bayens

Governor also presents funds to Richmond Area Arts Council

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher spoke today at a luncheon meeting of the Richmond Chamber of Commerce, announcing plans for the development of the Liberty Place Recovery Center in Madison County. The project is the 10th facility developed as part of Governor Fletcher’s Recovery Kentucky initiative, which meets the goal established at the program’s inception.

“Recovery Kentucky has been an incredibly successful initiative, providing a remarkable opportunity to increase Kentucky’s capacity to deal with the challenges of substance abuse,” said Governor Fletcher.  “The addition of this center in Richmond will allow women in the area greater access to the services necessary for rehabilitation and recovery.”

Recovery Kentucky is 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.

Funding for the project totals $1,953,076. A Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) administered by GOLD for $774,000 and $917,812 from KHC are key funding components. The Department of Corrections has allocated $261,264 for the project.

“The waiting lists at other area facilities are long and demand is high,” said Senator Ed Worley (D-Richmond). “The Liberty Place Recovery Center will bolster the opportunities for recovery and be a great asset for the city of Richmond.”

The Liberty Place Recovery Center will serve up to 100 women at time.  The facility will contain 38 single room occupancy units, a commercial kitchen, dining areas, community rooms and staff offices.

“This is a valuable project that enjoys great community support,” said Representative Don Pasley (D-Winchester).  “Local officials have worked very hard to make this center a reality and I applaud their efforts.”

Kentucky River Foothills Development Council (KRFDC) is the primary service provider. The organization has more than 17 years of experience providing supportive housing services. KRFDC is also highly experiences in local fund raising, and efforts will be utilized to support and maximize the resources of the center.

“This recovery center will provide hope and stability to women in Richmond and the surrounding area,” said Representative Lonnie Napier (R-Lancaster). “The challenges of substance abuse and addiction are very real. Our support will give hundreds of women a chance for rehabilitation.”

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.    

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 CDBG program and funding from the Department of Corrections. The financing package requires no new state dollars.

Richmond Area Arts Council Funding

Also while in Richmond, Governor Fletcher and area lawmakers presented local officials from the Richmond Area Arts Council with a ceremonial check for $200,000 that will be used by the organization for operation expenses.  The funding was allocated as a line-item in the 2006 budget. 

“The Area Arts Council does an excellent job of providing quality programming that enriches the lives of the citizens of Madison County,” said Representative Harry Moberly (D-Richmond).  “I am very pleased to support this organization and look forward to their future success.”

Budget bill line-item projects such as these are administered by the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD) through the Office of State Grants.