The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) recently awarded $500,000 to four Kentucky organizations for their substance-abuse prevention efforts, according to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).
Funding will be made through the Drug-Free Communities Program.
The recipients are the Casey County School District in Liberty, Oldham County Health Department in La Grange, Seven Counties Services in Louisville, and Mental Health America of Northern Kentucky and Southwest Ohio in Edgewood. Each organization received $125,000 for their efforts to prevent addiction.
“Last year, through collaboration with this community and youth groups, we provided critical drug prevention activities to more than 7,000 Graymoor-Devondale residents,” Abby Drane, Seven Counties Services president and CEO for Bellewood and Brooklawn, said. “The COVID-19 pandemic is creating an unprecedented need for services to youth in many of the communities we serve. We look forward to helping more young people reduce their risk of substance abuse in the upcoming year. ”
Earlier this year, Seven Counties Services also received $4 million from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act in order to provide long-term recovery during the pandemic.
Funding will help the Coalition for a Healthy Oldham County build on its success in reducing the number of young people using drugs, alcohol, and tobacco, the organization said.
ONDCP has awarded $1.75 million to Kentucky substance abuse prevention programs.
Sen. McConnell said he has prioritized the fight against the opioid and substance abuse epidemic by working to increase federal funding for the response.
“Each of us has a responsibility to protect Kentucky’s young people from the dangers of drugs, and I’m proud to support these organizations leading the effort,” McConnell said. “The pandemic hasn’t shaken our focus on combating the scourge of abuse that tears Kentucky families apart, and we will continue working together to save lives from addiction.”