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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...