KENTUCKY — Six Kentucky substance abuse treatment programs in high-risk rural communities received $1 million each, Sen. Mitch McConnell announced Monday. The funds come from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) as part of the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program.
What You Need To Know
- Six Kentucky substance abuse treatment programs are receiving $1 million each
- The funds are federal grants
- See which organizations are receiving the funds below
According to a release from McConnell's office, the initiative was established "to reduce the morbidity and mortality of substance abuse by enhancing rural residents’ access to treatment."
The following Kentucky organizations received the federal grants:
“This past year, opioid overdose deaths surged across the country, driven by the isolation caused by the coronavirus pandemic and the flood of dangerous fentanyl coming across our borders. Kentucky has tragically suffered one of the worst spikes in overdose deaths in the nation. With today’s federal grant announcement, we are continuing our efforts to reverse this painful trend,” said McConnell. “In the Senate, I’ve worked to mobilize federal government resources to address our substance abuse crisis head-on with targeted prevention, treatment and enforcement programs. I look forward to continuing to work with these important Kentucky organizations and finally putting an end to the scourge of addiction.”
“St. Claire HealthCare is extremely grateful for Sen. McConnell’s support in giving us the opportunity to have a helping hand in fighting the opioid epidemic,” said Donald Lloyd, St. Claire HealthCare President and CEO. “Substance abuse will affect everyone at some point in their life, in some way as it continues to grow into a critical issue. Through this grant, we will be able to help someone’s parent overcome their addiction and prevent someone’s child from becoming addicted. In turn, it will greatly impact our community.”