Kentucky receives $35.4M grant to fight opioid use


The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration recently awarded the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) a $35.4 million two-year State Opioid Response grant to support the Kentucky Opioid Response Effort (KORE).

KORE is working toward increasing access to opioid-use-disorder medications. Funding will be used to expand evidence-based prevention, treatment, and recovery support services that address stimulant misuse and use disorders.

“Opioid use disorder is not a moral failing: It is a health issue and a highly treatable one when individuals have access to evidence-based services, medication, and long-term care,” CHFS Secretary Eric Friedlander said. “While addiction is a chronic and complex brain disorder, many Kentuckians are recovering from substance use disorder – every day. With this continued support, we are able to help even more people and communities across the state.”

KORE received its first federal grant in 2017. Funding was used to expand opioid response services at the community level.

More than 130,000 young people were reached through school and community-based prevention programs, and more than 11,000 people were delivered treatment and recovery services last year.

CHFS houses the majority of the state’s human services and health care programs. KORE is part of the Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities.