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Kentucky receives $7 million grant to support behavioral health services in Appalachian region

The Kentucky Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental, and Intellectual Disabilities (DBHDID) received a $7 million grant to support behavioral health services in the state’s Appalachian region following severe weather in 2019. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recently awarded this grant in response to natural disasters, including severe flooding and mudslides...

Kentucky to expand, improve behavioral health treatment services, add additional certified clinics

The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) has announced that Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has selected Kentucky to create, evaluate and certify community behavioral health clinics through a two-year demonstration program. The clinics will treat children and adults, primarily those with mental illness, emotional disturbances and/or substance use disorders. “Opioid-related...

Grant will help UK Cooperative Extension Service in statewide effort to fight opioid addiction, aid recovery

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky The University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service recently received more than $1 million to help further the organization’s statewide educational efforts in opioid prevention and recovery. The grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration will allow Cooperative Extension Service professionals to implement new programming efforts...

Former UK star, Rex Chapman, teams up for National Recovery Month event in Paintsville on Sept. 21

Kentucky Health News Every September, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration sponsors National Recovery Month to increase awareness and understanding of substance-use and mental disorders and to celebrate the people who recover. “This observance celebrates the millions of Americans who are in recovery from mental and substance-use disorders, reminding us that treatment...

Gambling awareness, March Madness share month; NCAA Tournament largest gambling event of the year

In March, the largest gambling event of the year – the NCAA men’s basketball tournament – begins. March also is national Problem Gambling Awareness Month (PGAM). If the Kentucky General Assembly passes House Bill 175, and it is signed into law by Gov. Matt Bevin, sports betting in Kentucky will become legal. Even more betting on basketball will occur. The Kentucky Council on Problem Gambling...

Kentucky to get $10.5 million from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to combat opioid crisis

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is releasing the second year of funding to 50 states, four U.S. territories, and the free associated states of Palau and Micronesia, totaling $485 million to continue the Nation’s efforts to combat the opioid crisis. Kentucky will receive $10,582,093. “The Trump Administration is partnering with states and territories to accelerate the deployment...

State Behavioral Health Department receives $10 million grant to integrate care in two service regions

The Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) has been awarded a federal grant to implement Kentucky Care Integration (KCI), a five-year, $10 million project to promote the integration of primary care and behavioral health in two regions of the Commonwealth. Kentucky was one of three states chosen by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to receive the Promoting...