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Our Lady of Peace Brings Substance Abuse Program to Bullitt County Schools
Peace Promises helps combat substance abuse among teens
Louisville, Ky. (April 7, 2015) —Our Lady of Peace, part of KentuckyOne Health, will bring its successful Peace Promises program to Bullitt County beginning this month. Peace Promises is an After School Substance Abuse Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) that serves adolescents, ages 14-18 at Bullitt Alternative Center, located at 381 High School Drive in Shepherdsville.
The program provides mobile assessments, substance use prevention education, a community-based IOP and after care. Services will be provided after school hours and on school grounds.
The KY Kids Recovery program, administered by Attorney General Jack Conway, Governor Steve Beshear, First Lady Jane Beshear and members of the Substance Abuse Treatment Advisory Committee, provided funding for Peace Promises.
Through the $1.47 million grant, Our Lady of Peace will partner with a total of 26 public high schools in Breckenridge, Bullitt, Hardin, Jefferson, Meade and Oldham counties to implement a three-year After School Substance Abuse IOP.
Peace Promises has already been implemented in Jefferson and Oldham counties and have seen successful outcomes in teens.
Susan Greenrose’s son participated in the Peace Promises program in Oldham County after an alcohol-related offense at school.
“It has been an answer to prayer. One of the best things that could have happened to us,” said Greenrose. “My son was headed on a downward spiral and becoming a person I didn’t recognize. Through the program, he became more cooperative, more respectful. This program is very educational, but more than that, it’s very personal.”
“This program has been so vital to the students that we’ve served in Jefferson and Oldham counties,” said Jennifer Nolan, president, Our Lady of Peace. “Our partnerships with school systems in the areas have already begun to better the lives of children across our region and we look forward to seeing continued success with the expansion into Bullitt County.”
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.