Our Lady of Peace Awarded $1.47 Million Grant for Adolescent Substance Abuse Program
Louisville, Ky. (August 12, 2014) — Our Lady of Peace (OLOP), part of KentuckyOne Health, has been awarded more than $1.47 million from the Office of the Attorney General to establish an After School Substance Abuse Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for adolescents, ages 14-18.
Attorney General Jack Conway, Gov. Steve Beshear, First Lady Jane Beshear and members of the Substance Abuse Treatment Advisory Committee announced that 19 substance abuse treatment grand proposals from across the Commonwealth have been selected for funding through the KY Kids Recovery program.
Our Lady of Peace has partnered with 26 public high schools in Breckenridge, Bullitt, Hardin, Jefferson, Meade and Oldham counties to implement a three-year After School Substance Abuse IOP.
Services offered will include mobile assessments, substance use prevention education, a community-based IOP and after care. They will be provided after school hours and on school grounds at five area locations.
“We were thrilled to find out that we received this grant from the Office of the Attorney General,” said Jennifer Nolan, president, Our Lady of Peace. “Our partnerships with school systems in the areas will better the lives of children across our region.”
Additionally, Our Lady of Peace has partnered with the district and fiscal courts in Henry, Oldham and Trimble counties to implement a juvenile home incarceration program that will allow adolescents to engage in After School IOP as an alternative to detention center placement following drug or alcohol-related violations.
“Caring for our youth is one of our top priorities,” said Cristi McAlister, director of business development at Our Lady of Peace. “They are our future and establishing this program will be advantageous to our communities in the long run.”
Kentucky only has about one-tenth of the treatment beds it needs, whereas one in eight Kentucky high school students meet the criteria for a substance abuse disorder, according to the most recent report from the Substance Abuse Health and Mental Services Administration.
The Substance Abuse Treatment Advisory Committee was created by Governor Steve Beshear to administer the KY Kids Recovery grant program that was established in January 2014 after the Office of the Attorney General received a $32 million settlement with two pharmaceutical companies. The SATAC is chaired by Attorney General Jack Conway. Approximately $20 million from the settlement fund has been allocated for KY Kids Recovery, a juvenile substance abuse treatment grant program developed with the express purpose of expanding treatment beds at existing facilities across Kentucky and creating new juvenile treatment programs.
About KentuckyOne Health
KentuckyOne Health was formed when two major Kentucky health care organizations came together in early 2012. KentuckyOne Health combines the Jewish and Catholic heritages of the two former systems – Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s HealthCare and Saint Joseph Health System. In late 2012, the organization formed a partnership with the University of Louisville Hospital | James Graham Brown Cancer Center. The nonprofit system is committed to improving the health of Kentuckians by integrating medical research, education, technology and health care services wherever patients receive care. KentuckyOne Health has more than 200 locations including hospitals, physician groups, clinics, primary care centers, specialty institutes and home health agencies across the state of Kentucky and southern Indiana.