Covington KY News: Children's Home, Necco get grants to deal with substance abuse
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Children's Home, Necco get grants to deal with substance abuse

September 4, 2014
Attorney General Jack Conway and First Lady Jane Beshear today presented ceremonial checks to Children's Home of Northern Kentucky and Necco.

These two agencies in Northern Kentucky were selected for funding through the KY Kids Recovery grant program.

Children's Home of Northern Kentucky in Covington KY is receiving $1.5 million and Necco, located in Florence KY is receiving $1.37 million to fund expanded adolescent substance abuse treatment programs and services.

The KY Kids Recovery grant funding is a result of settlements Attorney General Conway secured from two pharmaceutical companies. "The northern Kentucky area has been hit particularly hard with heroin and opiate addiction," General Conway said.

"For years, parents have had to travel away from home to find a treatment bed for their sons or daughters. I made a commitment to expand adolescent treatment in northern Kentucky, and itís an honor to be here today to make good on that promise.

"These grants will help save lives, and I am honored to join First Lady Beshear as we continue fighting the cycle of addiction in our Commonwealth and help provide second chances to our youth who are working hard to seek treatment and get healthy."

"Northern Kentucky has been especially hard-hit by the substance abuse epidemic," said Mrs. Beshear. "The funding from the KY Kids Recovery grant will help the Children's Home of Northern Kentucky and Necco enhance programming for young people struggling with addiction and give them the opportunity to recover and lead sober, healthy lives.

"Thank you to Attorney General Conway and the Substance Abuse Treatment Advisory Committee (SATAC) for helping these quality organizations expand much-needed treatment services in their communities."

Children's Home of Northern Kentucky (CHNK) was founded in 1882 by Colonel Amos Shinkle. It originally served the community as an orphanage for children who were homeless or orphaned.

In the 1980s, it shifted its focus to abused, neglected, and at-risk children and their families.

Utilizing the KY Kids Recovery grant funding, the facility will create a dedicated residential substance abuse treatment program for adolescents.

Source: Press release. Photo courtesy Local 12.

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