Office of Drug Control Policy
Office of Drug Control Policy awards more than $60,000 to expand drug treatment

Press Release Date:  Thursday, June 15, 2006  
Contact Information:  Contact Stacy Floden
(502) 564-8220

FRANKFORT, KY:  Justice Cabinet Secretary General Norman E. Arflack and ODCP visited Pikeville today to award $60,753 in grant money to the Pike County Detention Center.  The funding will be used to establish a new program which will provide substance abuse treatment for inmates.  The program began earlier this year with just 10 inmates and is now serving over 20 inmates.   

“This jail treatment funding will allow the Pike County Detention Center the resources they need to treat inmates with substance abuse problems,” said General Norman E. Arflack, Justice Cabinet Secretary.  “Providing effective substance abuse treatment in Kentucky is a priority of the Governor and ODCP. 

“Even the toughest prosecutors and other law enforcement officers now recognize drugs are as much a health problem as a crime problem,” said Teresa Barton, executive director of ODCP. “We have too many Kentuckians serving time in jails and prisons who need, but aren’t receiving any treatment for their drug addictions.  Statistics show they will be coming back if we don’t continue to change our approach and treat the inmates while incarcerated.”

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 be receiving funding during this phase of the Community Corrections Recovery Pilot Program to either expand or begin treatment programs.