First Lady Jane Beshear's Communications Office
First Lady Cuts Ribbon to Brighton Recovery Center

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, July 16, 2008  
Contact Information:  Dick Brown

Center is one of ten Recovery Kentucky centers to open

FLORENCE, Ky. – Kentucky first lady and Recovery Kentucky Task Force Co-Chair Jane Beshear, joined by Boone County Judge Executive Gary Moore, participated in a ribbon cutting in Florence today for Brighton Center, Inc.

The center is one of ten recovery centers that will simultaneously reduce the state’s drug and homeless problems.  Brighton Center, Inc. will provide counseling, support and hope for up to 100 women at a time who are recovering from drug and alcohol addiction.

“This facility and the other Recovery Kentucky centers help Kentuckians beat their addiction to lead healthy, productive lives,” said Jane Beshear.  “I commend the women who are participating in this program and look forward to seeing all the positive things they accomplish.”

The development is part of the Recovery Kentucky initiative, a joint effort by the Department for Local Government, Department of Corrections and Kentucky Housing Corporation (KHC) to build housing recovery centers across the state.  As 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.

"Recovery Kentucky is truly a team effort,” said Richard L. McQuady, interim chief executive officer of KHC.  “We appreciate all of the partners who participated in making this center, which will help so many people, a reality.”

This type of supportive housing and recovery program is proven to help people who face the most complex challenges to live more stable, productive lives.  It has been demonstrated successfully by both the Hope Center in Lexington and The Healing Place in Louisville and was named "A Model That Works" by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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 move 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.

On March 22, 2008, Gov. Steve Beshear established the Recovery Kentucky Task Force.  The 21-member task force ensures the continued effectiveness and financial success of the Recovery Kentucky program, which results in reduced public costs to the state’s justice and corrections system while furthering Kentucky’s economic development and per capita income goals.  First lady Jane Beshear and Don Ball, KHC Board of Directors member, co-chair the task force.