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New online system completes background checks faster for child care providers, schools

A new online system will help child care providers and schools process staff background checks faster, expediting the process while ensuring the safety of Kentucky’s children. The Kentucky Department for Community Based Services (DCBS) has launched its Child Abuse/Neglect (CAN) Payment and Verification online portal, which allows users to request a check of the CAN Registry electronically instead...

Kentucky receives $7.4 million in AmeriCorps grants; funding to help meet critical state, local needs

The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) acknowledged proof of commitment to Kentucky communities from AmeriCorps, a national service program administered by Serve Kentucky, a CHFS agency. Twenty-two AmeriCorps-funded grants will provide more than $7.4 million in federal funding in Kentucky. Gov. Andy Beshear said, “Through the support of AmeriCorps, Kentucky’s commitment to service...

Hundreds stand in line for hours this week to get resolutions to unemployment insurance claims

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Hundreds of Kentuckians stood in line for hours on successive days this week trying to resolve unemployment insurance claims at the state Capitol. 
According to figures released earlier this week by Gov. Andy Beshear, more than 52,000 had their cases held up for one reason or another from March, April and May. Although more than 1,100 had their claims resolved on Tuesday...

Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky names Maysville native Allison Adams to senior policy post

Longtime Maysville area public health official Allison Adams will join the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky as vice president for public policy on June 15. Adams has directed the Buffalo Trace District Health Department since 2008 and presided over the Kentucky Health Directors Association for the past four years. She began her public health career in 2000 as a health educator at the district department,...

Lexington receives grant to help young people avoid homelessness as they leave foster care

The City of Lexington has received a $46,000 federal grant to help young people who are transitioning out of foster care avoid homelessness. “Often times we think of homelessness as being centered around adults and senior citizens, however, this grant allows us to bring to the forefront the issues centered around youth transitioning out of foster care who are at risk of homelessness,” said Austin...

Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals rules in favor of Holly and David Schulkers in suit against social workers

By Judy Clabes KyForward Correspondent A Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruling was cause for celebration at the Fort Thomas home of Holly and David Schulkers and five of their children, as the court ruled in their favor in a lawsuit against individual social workers for the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. The lawsuit involves the social workers’ mishandling of the drug test of a...

Gov. Beshear reports 54 new coronavirus cases and three deaths; urges stay Healthy at Home

Gov. Andy Beshear on Friday said his administration is continuing strong efforts to stop the spread of novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). He said the state had 54 new cases and confirmed three new deaths. Sign at Marianne Theater in Bellevue The Governor reiterated his call to Kentuckians to stay Healthy at Home and said that the state is continuing to working to prepare an initial drive-through testing...

U.S. Census forms coming to mailbox; fill it out — every person counts, our state needs accurate count

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Gov. Andy Beshear is encouraging Kentuckians to participate in the U.S. Census, which takes place every 10 years, with everyone getting a notification to participate coming in the mail over the next week or so. 
Beshear told reporters why it’s so important to get counted. 


“The U.S. government distributes more than $675 billion in federal funding, based on...

Commentary: Legislation shows Kentuckians path to long-term recovery for substance use disorders

By Ashli Watts and Jennifer Hancock Special to KyForward In communities across Kentucky, substance use disorders have taken a tremendous toll. Every day we are confronted with new data, reports and headlines that remind us of addiction’s staggering ripple effect.   But we cannot forget that behind the numbers, charts, graphs and television clips are real individuals who are suffering. They are our...

First users of high-speed KentuckyWired network celebrate reliable, fast connection in rural areas

The first users of KentuckyWired are celebrating the reliable and fast connection in rural areas. The state-owned, high-speed fiber optic cable network is going into government offices in all 120 Kentucky counties. “I would recommend this to anybody,” said Karen Wotier, one of the first users of KentuckyWired. Wotier is the building manager for the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS)...

Properly working home-heating devices, carbon monoxide detectors can save lives

With recent temperatures below freezing, the Department for Public Health (DPH), within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), wants to remind residents to take action to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning (CO). “Carbon monoxide poisonings are more likely during colder weather, so it is very important that Kentucky residents make sure their heating sources and carbon monoxide detectors...

Rep. Kim Moser’s bill for mental-health first aid training program passed unanimously by House

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News A bill to create a training program for mental-health first aid has unanimously passed the state House and is in the Senate. House Bill 153, sponsored by Rep. Kim Moser, R-Taylor Mill, would train people in how to best address the needs of someone experiencing a mental-health or substance-use crisis. “The Mental Health First Aid Act will put this evidence-based...

Mather named Inspector General at Cabinet for Health and Family Services, bringing experience to the role

Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) Acting Secretary Eric Friedlander has announced that Adam Mather has been appointed the agency’s Inspector General. Friedlander said Mather is an excellent choice to serve in the job. Mather “Adam brings leadership and attention to detail to the position of Inspector General, and he will ensure accountability and integrity throughout our regulatory...

Foster, adoptive parents honored; families recognized for permanent, transitional childcare

Gov. Matt Bevin and officials within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services and the Kentucky Department for Community Based Services recently honored several families from across the state for their service as adoptive and foster parents to some of the state’s most vulnerable children. Bevin recognized the families for providing stability to children in foster care. “I truly could not thank...

Dr. Patricia Purcell named new medical director for Office for Children with Special Health Care Needs

The Office for Children with Special Health Care Needs has named Dr. Patricia Purcell, M.D., M.B.A., F.A.A.P. as its new medical director. Purcell is board certified in Pediatrics. She serves as an associate professor at the University of Louisville School of Medicine, where she participates in teaching residents and medical students. In her most recent professional role she provided general pediatric...

Kentucky receives approval to provide increased access to Medicaid health services for students

The Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) has received final approval for a Medicaid state plan amendment that will expand health services in schools. The change to Medicaid will be phased in during the current school year, and approval for direct services reimbursements to school districts is retroactive to Aug. 1. “Approval of this amendment is a game-changer,” said CHFS Secretary Adam...

Kentuckians should prepare to ‘fall back’ by checking home carbon monoxide detectors

Now that Kentuckians have turned back the clocks, and with temperatures falling, officials are reminding residents to take action to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. “To prepare for colder weather, Kentuckians should make sure their heat sources and carbon monoxide detectors are in good working order,” said Dr. Angela Dearinger, Commissioner for Kentucky’s Department for Public Health.   On...

Inaugural Kentucky Senior Hunger Summit looks to find solutions to senior food insecurity

The Commonwealth of Kentucky’s Department for Aging and Independent Living (DAIL) held its inaugural Kentucky Senior Hunger Summit on last week in Frankfort. The event connected community partners in finding real solutions to issues surrounding senior food insecurity. “There is no reason anyone in our state should go hungry. Whether it’s a child or an older adult or anywhere between. We have...

Kentucky Perinatal Quality Collaborative launched Tuesday during convening at Churchill Downs

The Kentucky Perinatal Quality Collaborative (KyPQC) launched Tuesday during a convening at Churchill Downs in Louisville. The launch brought together healthcare professionals and other stakeholders dedicated to decreasing the maternal mortality rate, decreasing rates of neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), and improving maternal and infant health outcomes in the commonwealth amidst the opioid crisis...

CHFS networking event ‘Helping Us Build’ an effort to increase collaboration in harm reduction services

The Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) held a networking event, “Helping Us Build,” at the Kentucky History Center this week. It was an effort to increase collaboration and efficiency in the delivery of harm reduction services. “We needed to find how could we collaborate further and find additional synergy between all the good work that is being done,” explained Dr. Connie White,...