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Kentucky Chamber launches statewide campaign to change stigma around substance use disorder

In an effort to help Kentuckians struggling with substance use disorder, assist businesses in developing recovery-friendly work environments, and engage Kentuckians interested in smart criminal justice reforms, the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce has announced the launch of “Kentucky Comeback,” a statewide initiative in partnership with the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. The opioid epidemic has led to...

Kentucky Chamber of Commerce ‘Who’s Hiring’ campaign identifies Fair Chance Employers

Finding employment is a critical part of an individual’s journey to recover from substance use disorder or re-enter society after serving a prison sentence. A good job offers income, stability and helps build self-esteem, feelings of self-sufficiency and a sense of independence. To help lessen the stress a job search can create for people in recovery or who were recently released from prison, the...

UK graduate Luke Ramey overcomes substance misuse and loss to become prevention specialist

By Lindsey Piercy University of Kentucky Have you ever pictured a moment so vividly you could feel it ­— the joy or sadness that accompanied what you were wearing and who you were with? For Luke Ramey, there’s one moment in particular. He’s dressed in a blue cap and gown while proudly walking across the Rupp Arena stage — putting one foot in front of the other until his outstretched hand reaches...

Lexington symposium on Dec. 3 to highlight statewide initiatives linking employment, recovery

Kentucky’s health policy and business leaders are bringing together treatment providers and community organizations for an employment symposium on Dec. 3 at the Lyric Theater in Lexington. The Office of Drug Control Policy (ODCP) is coordinating the event with support from the Kentucky Chamber Workforce Center and the Strategic Initiative for Transformational Employment (SITE). This symposium will...

Seventh annual Voices of Hope overdose awareness day set for August 24 at Lexington’s Jacobson Park

Voices of Hope is hosting the seventh annual Overdose Awareness Day event to celebrate recovery and support those impacted by substance use disorder. The event will also offer support to people who have lost loved ones to overdose. Planned for August 24 at Jacobson Park in Lexington, the event will feature multiple speakers, including:

Department of Corrections launches aftercare program for inmates recovering from substance use disorder

Kentucky Justice Secretary John Tilley joined with the state Department of Corrections (DOC) this week to announce the first-ever aftercare program within a Kentucky prison, providing a new system of support, mentoring and peer accountability for offenders in recovery from a substance use disorder. The innovative program, known as SOAR (Supporting Others in Active Recovery), focuses on relapse prevention,...

Medicaid waiver to expand coverage, increase care access for Kentuckians with Substance Use Disorder

The Commonwealth of Kentucky is set to expand access to treatment and recovery services for individuals with Substance Use Disorder (SUD) through a portion of its 1115 Medicaid demonstration waiver, beginning July 1. This program further amplifies the Commonwealth’s overall efforts to fight the opioid crisis, as well as other substance addictions. With Kentucky’s commitment to combatting opioid,...

Michael Fletcher: Pass House Bill 121; get addiction treatment into the hands of those who need it

In 2019, every Kentuckian knows someone struggling with addiction and we are well aware that this epidemic is wreaking havoc on our communities and in our country. As an Addiction Specialist Physician practicing here in the Commonwealth, I look into the eyes of these people every day. My patients are filled with determination to beat an illness that has devastated their career, their family and their...