First Lady Jane Beshear's Communications Office
First Lady Jane Beshear announces $250,000 for substance abuse center in Morehead

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, February 02, 2011  
Contact Information:  Elizabeth Roach

FRANKFORT, Ky. – First Lady Jane Beshear today visited a Recovery Kentucky substance abuse center in Morehead, where she announced $250,000 in funding for the facility.

Through the federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program administered by the Kentucky Department for Local Government (DLG), a $250,000 grant will support operational costs at the Morehead Inspiration Center.

Recovery Kentucky is an initiative to help Kentuckians recover from substance abuse, which often leads to chronic homelessness. The initiative was formed to create housing recovery centers across the state, providing services for those suffering from addiction.

“Substance abuse affects families, classrooms, health care and the economy. The Recovery Kentucky centers use a range of effective strategies to help Kentuckians prevail over struggles with addiction and the threat of homelessness,” said Mrs. Beshear. “As co-chair of the Recovery Kentucky task force, I have met some of the courageous men and women who have successfully completed these rehabilitation programs, and Steve and I have personally witnessed how Recovery Kentucky can strengthen individuals, families and communities.”

Named “A Model That Works” by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 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. Designed to reduce the state’s drug problem, the housing recovery centers also resolve some of the state’s homeless issues. With the use of project-based housing vouchers, each center uses a recovery program model that includes peer support, daily living skills training, job responsibilities and overcoming challenges to practice sober living.

“The Beshear administration has committed to support these centers through Community Development Block Grants, and we are proud to continue that support,” said DLG Commissioner Tony Wilder. “By helping those mired in the cycle of addiction, Kentucky Recovery Centers have and will continue to transform hopeless, broken lives into independent, productive citizens. They are a vital resource in our communities in the fight against substance abuse.”

Recovery Kentucky is a joint effort between DLG, the Department of Corrections and the Kentucky Housing Corporation (KHC). These agencies have developed a financial plan that provides construction and operational financing, including a $2.5 million annual allocation of Low Income Housing Tax Credits (Housing Credits) from KHC, which generated a total equity investment of approximately $20 million for construction 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. Mrs. Beshear and Don Ball, KHC Board of Directors member, co-chair the task force.

The state’s CDBG program is administered by DLG and funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Kentucky’s Congressional leaders’ ongoing support of the CDBG program ensures the availability of continued funding in Kentucky and nationally.