Office of Drug Control Policy
GOVERNOR FLETCHER ANNOUNCES MORE THAN $6.7 MILLION IN FUNDING FOR COMMUNITY PROJECTS IN PIKE COUNTY
Governor Ernie Fletcher presented more than $6.7 million in funding for projects during a ceremony on Friday, September 29, at the Pikeville Fire Department Thompson Road station.
One of the funding presentations by the Governor was a ceremonial check from the Office of Drug Control Policy in the amount of $750,000 to UNITE/WestCare Kentucky. Currently, the licensed facility has 45 beds for adult males who are dependent on alcohol, narcotics, methamphetamine and other drugs.
“Successfully salvaging lives from the indiscriminate destruction of substance abuse addiction means much more than merely arresting dealers and educating youth. It takes quality treatment facilities and intensive after-care support programs,” said Karen Engle, executive director of Operation UNITE. “In the past, Southern and Eastern Kentucky families faced immense obstacles to obtain treatment – both financial and a lack of treatment capacity -- there simply weren’t enough beds to meet demand. Through the foresight of the Office of Drug Control Policy and WestCare Kentucky the future has become much brighter.”
“We are grateful the administration recognizes the need for substance abuse treatment for those individuals and families fighting the disease of addiction,” said Jenifer Noland, Regional Vice President WestCare Kentucky. “Drugs have paralyzed Eastern Kentucky long enough and with support of the community and government officials WestCare is committed to making an impact on this serious problem.”
WestCare Kentucky opened its long-term residential treatment facility on August 8, 2005, and it accepted its first client 14 days later.
Local officials also received funding to expand jail treatment programming in Pike County. The funding will provide substance abuse treatment for those incarcerated in the county correctional facilities.
“Getting dealers off the street is a critical component of our efforts, but true success will only come by putting broken lives and families back together,” stated General Norman E. Arflack, Justice & Public Safety Cabinet Secretary. “We have a significant shortage of drug treatment facilities across the state. The money for Pike County Jail Treatment and the drug treatment center is absolutely essential to getting people the help they need.”
Pike County received $30,249 and currently has 20 inmates in the program. ODCP has now helped fund 14 jail treatment programs across the state.