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FRANKFORT –Attorney General Jack Conway, Gov. Steve Beshear, First Lady Jane Beshear and members of the Substance Abuse Treatment Advisory Committee are reminding community groups and treatment providers that submissions are currently being accepted for $19 million in juvenile substance abuse treatment grants through the KY Kids Recovery program. The deadline for submissions is March 31.

The grants will fund comprehensive juvenile substance abuse treatment programs, both expanding treatment beds at existing facilities and creating new juvenile treatment programs with the full continuum of care, including intensive outpatient and follow-up care centers.

“Far too many parents have been forced to wait at least 90 days to get their children help or they’ve had to drive four hours away from home to find a treatment bed,” said General Conway, who chairs the Substance Abuse Treatment Advisory Committee. “The goal of our committee is to maximize these grants to fund public-private partnerships that will result in expanded treatment for teens in every region of Kentucky.”

Kentucky only has about one-tenth of the treatment beds it needs, and according to the most recent report from the Substance Abuse Health and Mental Services Administration, one in eight Kentucky high school students meet the criteria for a substance abuse disorder.

“This expansion of treatment availability continues our work to provide a multi-level strategy to fight addiction – a strategy that includes law enforcement, community leaders, and health care providers,” said Gov. Beshear. “For thousands of Kentuckians, this expansion will offer an opportunity to restore their health and return to productive lives.”

The Substance Abuse Advisory Committee will review the submissions and invite the best responses to submit a second formal proposal. The committee’s request for information (RFI) may be found by visiting this link http://goo.gl/q7Q4wM.

“The need for treatment is so vast, which is why we need innovative partners to make this expansion of treatment a reality,” said Mrs. Beshear. “I have every confidence that we will find the partners we need to give Kentuckians a fighting chance to leave addiction behind.”

Existing providers, new providers, community partnerships and non-profits may apply for KY Kids Recovery grants. For more information about the program and qualifications visit www.kykidsrecovery.ky.gov.

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