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CHFS offering substance use disorder resources and wellness information at the Kentucky State Fair

Visitors to the Kentucky State Fair in Louisville can get information and expert guidance on substance use disorder/addiction resources and learn more about other health and family assistance programs at the Cabinet for Health and Family Services’ (CHFS) exhibit. The fair opens Thursday and concludes Sunday, Aug. 26 at the Kentucky Exposition Center.

The CHFS exhibit will be in the Health Horizons area of South Wing B, and will feature information to help support the strategies of FindHelpNowKY.org, the state’s primary web referral service for the public to quickly find addiction treatment services. Laptops featuring the site, which was created by the Kentucky Injury and Research Prevention Center (KIPRC) in partnership with Gov. Matt Bevin, and expert staff will be available through the duration of the fair.

CHFS Secretary Adam M. Meier said the CHFS exhibit will encourage those who may have friends and family members with addiction issues to learn more about treatment options.

“Substance abuse and opioid addiction are a scourge on our state,” Meier said. “FindHelpNowKY.org offers convenient, real-time information about patient openings at treatment programs and guides users to the right type of treatment for their needs. We are glad to provide this one-stop service to the wide audience at the Kentucky State Fair.”

The CHFS exhibit will also encourage guests to adopt and follow healthy lifestyles like choosing nutritious foods, getting regular physical activity and regularly seeing a doctor. Sec. Meier added that for many guests at the fair, meeting with an expert and talking about health concerns in an informal environment can be the first step toward better health.

“Lifestyle changes can contribute to chronic disease prevention, earlier detection of health issues, savings in health costs, and ultimately, a longer life,” he continued. “Every day, our exhibit will offer new information about how to ensure a healthier lifestyle by making good decisions about nutrition, activities, and behavioral health.”

Foster care and adoption caseworkers will also be at the exhibit every day to answer questions and provide information about how the state is transforming our child welfare system. Another daily activity is “The Lung Challenge,” an anti-tobacco activity that lets fair visitors tests their lung capacity.

On Senior Day, Tuesday, Aug. 21, cabinet staff will have information about adult protective safety, nursing home rights, aging, and independent living. In addition, Medicare experts will be available to answer questions about health coverage for seniors.

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A wide range of other CHFS programs, from mental health services to the prescription drug assistance program, women’s health, disaster preparedness, Kentucky Children’s Health Insurance (KCHIP) and Medicaid information will be available. CHFS daily and featured programs are as follows:

Cabinet for Health and Family Services 2018 State Fair Calendar

Daily Programs (Aug. 16-26)

● findhelpnowky.org and Substance Use Disorder Strategies and Services
● Foster Care and Adoption Information
● Kentucky Children’s Health Insurance Program (KCHIP) and Medicaid Information
● Tobacco Cessation – The Lung Challenge: Test your lung strength
● Free Blood Pressure Screenings and Education

Featured Programs

Thursday, Aug. 16 and Friday, Aug. 17

● Harm Reduction Programming
● Disaster Preparedness Information and Medical Reserve Corps

Saturday, Aug. 18

● Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention
● Women’s Health

Sunday, Aug. 19

● Mental Health Services and Resources
● Finding Quality Child Care with Kentucky All STARS

Monday, Aug. 20

● Mental Health Services and Resources
● Chronic Disease Prevention and Management

Tuesday, Aug. 21 (Senior Day)

● Mental Health Services and Resources
● Adult Protective Services
● Aging and Independent Living

Wednesday, Aug. 22

● KASPER – Prescription Drug Monitoring
● Environmental Lead Program

Thursday, Aug. 23

● KASPER – Prescription Drug Monitoring
● Nutrition and WIC Assistance Information

Friday, Aug. 24

● KASPER – Prescription Drug Monitoring
● Infectious Disease Prevention – The Three H’s: Hepatitis A, Hepatitis C and HIV

Saturday, Aug. 25

● Kentucky Prescription Assistance Program

More CHFS Staff Providing Services at the Fair

In the South Wing, the cabinet’s Nutrition Services Branch staff will assist visitors with the Rock and Relax room, sponsored by Louisville Metro Public Health and Wellness and Baptist East Hospital. Parents can stop by to privately and comfortably nurse, feed or change their infants and learn about breastfeeding and baby safety.

And throughout the fair, inspectors from the Food Safety Program of the Department for Public Health will be monitoring food services.

Fair Admission and Hours

Exhibit buildings at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center are open daily at 9 a.m. and close at 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 

Advance tickets are $7 for adults, seniors and children; free for children 5 years and under. Parking in advance is $5 per vehicle (car and bus). Advance discount prices are available through Aug. 15 online at www.kystatefair.org.

From Aug. 16 to Aug. 26, online purchase of tickets is $8 for adults, seniors and children, and parking is $8.

Admission at the gate is $10 for adults, seniors and children, and parking is $10. Admission is free for children 5 years and under.

To learn more about all CHFS programs, visit chfs.ky.gov.

Find treatment openings in Kentucky for drug use at findhelpnowky.org or at 1-833-858-4957.
To learn more about Medicaid, visit chfs.ky.gov.

To learn more about foster care and adoption, log on to adopt.ky.gov, or call 1-800-232-KIDS (5437).

For more information about the fair, visit www.kystatefair.org.

From Cabinet for Health and Family Services

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