William Garrett Pelfrey, had the pleasure of speaking with Dr. Steven Stack, MD, MBA, FACEP, the Commissioner of the Department of Public Health, at his host site location at the Powell County Health Department.
The Coalition was selected because of its grant-funded projects and partnerships focused on addressing substance use disorders within 18 northeastern Kentucky counties.
The NE KY AHEC and St. Claire HealthCare (through partnership with the NE KY Substance Use Response Coalition) were chosen to be the December Grantee Spotlight for the first issue of Rural Health Networks Quarterly Digest.
This Rural Communities Opioid Response Program-Planning III project will target Carter, Lewis, Montgomery, and Rowan counties for 18 months of planning and assessment concerning substance use disorder, community resources, and possible jail re-entry programming.
This funding will allow the coalition to establish “First Day Forward,” a jail re-entry program that will connect recently released individuals who struggle with substance use disorder to vital community resources in an attempt to give them a true “First Day Forward” following incarceration.
The 21 rural sites that were funded will receive $750,000 per grantee to develop tailored and innovative responses to gaps in prevention, treatment, and/or recovery services for individuals involved in the criminal justice system.
St. Claire HealthCare in Morehead, Kentucky was awarded a $900,000 competitive federal grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).
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