Six substance-abuse treatment programs get $1 million grants

Six Kentucky programs for treating substance-use disorder in “high-risk rural communities” got $6 million in competitive federal grants, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Friday.

The grants are from the Health Resources and Services Administration, which McConnell contacted in support of the grant applications, a press release from his office said.

Getting $1 million each are the Purchase District Health Department, the Northeast Kentucky Regional Health Information Organization (based in West Liberty), Baptist Health Foundation Corbin, Morehead’s St. Claire Medical Center, Richmond-based Kentucky River Foothills Development Council and the Lake Cumberland Community Action Agency.

The programs will use the federal funds for a range of recovery activities, including medication assisted treatment, transitional housing and workforce readiness programs, the release said.

For example, Kentucky River Foothills Development Council said the money will enable the Madison Opioid Response and Empowerment (MORE) Consortium to strengthen substance-use prevention, treatment and recovery services in Madison County.