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Our Lady of Peace Brings Substance Abuse Program to Hardin County Schools
Peace Promises helps combat substance abuse among teens
Louisville, Ky. (July 7, 2015) —Our Lady of Peace, part of KentuckyOne Health, will bring its successful Peace Promises program to Hardin County beginning in June. Peace Promises is an After School Substance Abuse Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) that serves adolescents, ages 14-18 at Brown Street Alternative Center, located at 400 Brown St. in Vine Grove.
The program provides mobile assessments, substance use prevention education, a community-based IOP and after care. Services will be provided this summer on an afternoon/evening schedule on the school grounds and begin after school hours during the school year.
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 Bullitt, 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 is making a difference in the lies of teens and their families in multiple counties,” said Jennifer Nolan, president, Our Lady of Peace. “Our partnerships with other school systems have been very successful and we look forward to seeing continued success with the expansion into Hardin 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.
For more information about the Our Lady of Peace After School IOP programs such as Peace Promises in Kentucky, call 502.451.3333.