Governor Steve Beshear disclosed on Wednesday that three federal grants amounting to $6.25 million have been awarded to Kentucky to improve its substance abuse prevention and treatment efforts over the next three years.
Lex18 reports the first grant, $2.8 million, will be used for enhancing treatment for adolescents with mental health and substance use disorders who are at imminent risk or are already involved with the juvenile justice system. The second grant, $2.7 million, targets underage drinking among those aged 12-20 and prescription drug misuse and abuse among those 12-25 years of age. And the third grant, $750,000, is allotted for enriching and intensify treatment services for clients served in the Families Moving Beyond Abuse (FMBA) program in Bullitt County.
“This funding will bolster our efforts to reduce the devastating impact of substance abuse on so many of our Kentucky families,” said Gov. Beshear. “Helping those with substance abuse issues has been an ongoing goal of my administration, one that ultimately strengthens our communities and our Commonwealth.”
The funds were awarded to the Kentucky Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities (DBHDID) by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). DBHDID is housed within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS).