The U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Affairs recently awarded two Kentucky substance abuse treatment facilities $1.3 million.
Shepherds House in Lexington was awarded $433,903 to support its re-entry programs.
“We’re grateful for the federal investment into our reentry programs and our clients’ future,” Jerod Thomas, Shepherds House president and CEO, said.
Mountain Comprehensive Care Center in Prestonsburg received $900,000 to support the long-term recovery of Kentucky residents who leave incarceration.
“We are pleased to receive this grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance to assist substance abuse impacted persons in Letcher County transition from jail into the community,” Promod Bishnoi, Mountain Comprehensive Care Center CEO, said.
The First Step Act, bipartisan criminal justice reform, authorized the funds.
The Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018 contained two bills.
The first bill, the Comprehensive Addiction Recovery through Effective Employment and Reentry (CAREER) Act, introduced by U.S. Rep. Andy Barr (R-KY) in the House, expanded funding for treatment services, job training and placement, and transitional housing for people in recovery.
The second bill, the Protecting Moms and Infants Act, introduced by U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), increased funding to assist babies born with neonatal abstinence syndrome.
The bill became law in September 2018.