Substance abuse center awarded $250,000 grant

An eastern Kentucky substance abuse center will receive hundreds of thousands in funding thanks to a grant.

During a visit to the Recovery Kentucky substance abuse center in Morehead, Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear announced the facility will receive a $250,000 grant.

State officials say the grant, which came through the federal Community Development Block Grant program, and administered by the Kentucky Department for Local Government, will support operational costs at the Morehead center.

State officials say Recovery Kentucky is an initiative to help Kentuckians recover from substance abuse.

The initiative was formed to create housing recovery centers across the state.

"Substance abuse affects families, classrooms, health care and the economy. The Recovery Kentucky centers use a range of effective strategies to help Kentuckians prevail over struggles with addiction and the threat of homelessness," said Jane Beshear in a news release. "As co-chair of the Recovery Kentucky task force, I have met some of the courageous men and women who have successfully completed these rehabilitation programs, and Steve and I have personally witnessed how Recovery Kentucky can strengthen individuals, families and communities."

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has named this type of supportive housing and recovery program "A Model That Works."

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