Governor's Office for Local Development
Four Communities to Receive Preliminary Funding Approval for Recovery Kentucky Centers
While speaking at the Northern Kentucky Area Development District Annual Dinner, Governor Fletcher announced today that four communities and non-profit agencies have received preliminary funding approval to construct and operate Recovery Kentucky centers. The centers facilitate a supportive housing, self-help and educational recovery facility for Kentuckians battling substance abuse and assist Kentuckians who often find themselves chronically homeless due to their substance abuse.
Governor Fletcher unveiled the Recovery Kentucky program in January 2005 in response to the 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.
"During my campaign, I made a commitment to the people of Kentucky that my administration would focus on combating this overwhelming drug problem," said Governor Fletcher. "The establishment of the Office of Drug Control Policy, the bi-partisan support of my methamphetamine bill and the overwhelming response from communities wanting Recovery Kentucky centers shows that action, not just talk, is the only way to truly combat substance abuse in the commonwealth."
The following communities and non-profit agencies have received preliminary approval for a Recovery Kentucky center: Female Recovery Centers
· Boone County Fiscal Court and Brighton Recovery Center
· Christian County and Trilogy Recovery Center
· Harlan County and Cumberland Hope Center
Male Recovery Centers
· City of Maysville and Maysville Recovery
The 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 will 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 goal of the Recovery Kentucky program is to have at least one recovery center in each congressional district. Half of the centers are designated as female and half are designated for male. 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 is a multi-agency program leveraging funds from the Governor's Office for Local Development (GOLD), Kentucky Housing Corporation (KHC), and the Justice and Safety Cabinet through the Department of Corrections and the Office of Drug Control Policy. These agencies have developed a financial plan that makes available construction and operational financing which includes a $2.5 million 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 approximately $4 million from GOLD's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program and approximately $3 million from the Department of Corrections.
"All eyes are on Kentucky as we serve as a national model for recovery programs," noted Governor Fletcher. "This unprecedented coordination between state agencies and the innovative utilization of federal funds will not only open doors for Kentuckians but pave the way for other states to combat substance abuse."
The financing package requires no new state dollars - construction funds and CDBG funds are federal dollars and Corrections' money represents the cost savings derived from this less costly alternative to incarceration. Corrections will finance one-third of the beds in the housing recovery centers to help offenders recover from alcohol and/or drug abuse.