Gov. Steve Beshear today visited the Trilogy Recovery Center for Women and announced $250,000 to continue to help fund the facility's operational costs. The Trilogy Center first opened in the fall of 2008 and was one of the first projects awarded under Recovery Kentucky, an initiative to help Kentuckians recover from substance abuse and prevent chronic homelessness by offering long-term care housing centers.
"Addressing the destructive problem of substance abuse and addiction needs to be a multi-pronged attack that includes not only law enforcement and prevention, but also quality and supportive treatment of those who have been affected by the disease of addiction," said Gov. Beshear. "Providing adequate funding to drug treatment and recovery centers, such as the Trilogy Center for Women, is a necessary part to helping Kentucky overcome the blight of substance misuse and abuse."
The $250,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) was awarded to the Christian County Fiscal Court on behalf of the Trilogy Recovery Center for Women to continue funding the staff salaries for the employees who operate the center.
The Trilogy Recovery Center is a long-term recovery program that provides peer support, addiction counseling, health and daily living education, job training and more. The center is designed to house and assist up to 100 women at any time, with 50 of the available beds set aside for the Kentucky Department of Corrections. Participants can stay up to two years while they work through the recovery program and are allowed to stay on as support staff. Priority is given to women who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Pregnant women are also eligible to participate in the recovery program. Hundreds of women are currently on the waiting list for this center and other Recovery Kentucky programs throughout the state.
Operated by the Pennyroyal Regional Mental Health Center, the Trilogy Recovery Center for Women also receives funding from the Kentucky Department of Corrections, private donations, sponsors and fundraisers. It is one of ten Recovery Kentucky centers across the Commonwealth.
Earlier this year, the University of Kentucky Center on Drug and Alcohol Research (CDAR), released a report showing that individuals who enroll in substance abuse programs at one of the state's Recovery Kentucky centers are more likely to abstain from drugs and are less likely to spend time in jail. For a copy of the complete study, please visit http://www.kyhousing.org/uploadedFiles/Specialized_Housing/Programs/RCOS%20Follow-Up%20Report_FINAL.pdf.
"The effects of substance abuse are far-reaching, negatively effecting individuals afflicted with the disease of addiction, as well as their friends, families and communities," said Department for Local Government (DLG) Commissioner Tony Wilder. "This funding for the Trilogy Center will help the facility maintain its high-level of service and provide the necessary treatment to help individuals break their cycle of addiction and regain control of their lives."
"I am pleased that this funding has been approved for the Trilogy Center for Women in Hopkinsville. This is a great investment in not only Hopkinsville, but all of Kentucky," said Sen. Joey Pendleton. "I have had the pleasure to visit the center a number of times and see the work that goes on. It is gratifying to see that investments we make in the Trilogy Center are paying off. If our community wants to grow jobs and bring prosperity to everyone, we have to eradicate the drug problem that plagues our citizens and that's what the Trilogy Center is doing."
"The Trilogy Recovery Center is a textbook example of what a treatment facility can and should do to lift people out of the deadly spiral of drug addiction," said Rep. John Tilley. "It's literally been a lifesaver for many who have been there, so I want to say how much I appreciate this grant, which will go a long way to helping the center continue its mission. If Kentucky is able to significantly cut back illegal drug use, places like the Trilogy Recovery Center will be a key reason why."
The state's CDBG program is administered by DLG and funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Kentucky's Congressional leaders' ongoing support of the CDBG program ensures the availability of continued funding in Kentucky and nationally.
For more information on Recovery Kentucky Centers, please visit http://www.recoveryky.com/.