Office of Drug Control Policy

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, April 25, 2006  
Contact Information:  Contact Stacy Floden
(502) 564-8220

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Cabinet for Health and Family Services Secretary Mark Birdwhistell, on behalf of Governor Ernie Fletcher, and representatives from the Office of Drug Control Policy (ODCP) visited Hardin County today to award $294,220 in grant money to the Breckinridge, Hardin and Marion County Detention Centers.


The Marion County award will allow for expansion of the center’s substance abuse program, which began last year with an ODCP grant. The Hardin County center will combine a $175,000 award with a $30,000 award from last year to provide substance abuse treatment for more than 50 women. The Breckinridge County center is receiving its first award and will serve approximately 20 participants. The funding will be used to establish or expand programs which will provide substance abuse treatment for inmates. 


“Drug abuse and addiction are a statewide problem; it doesn’t stop at city and county lines,” said Secretary Birdwhistell.  “We need to continue to work together to rid Kentucky of this problem – a problem that is ruining the lives of so many people. If we help inmates prepare to re-enter society by providing job training and treatment for substance abuse, we ultimately make our communities safer by reducing the chance that those inmates will return to a life of crime.”


“We must end the revolving door.  We are releasing offenders from prison, only to have them go back out and re-offend because they are still drug addicts,” said Teresa Barton, executive director of ODCP.  “Our plan to focus on treatment, prevention-education and law enforcement is effective in Kentucky.”


These awards represent the second phase of a $1,000,000 pilot project which was appropriated by the General Assembly in 2005.  Nine jails received funding during the first round.  Eight detention centers across the state will receive funding during this phase of the Community Corrections Recovery Pilot Program to either expand or begin treatment programs.