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Health and Family Services Secretary Birdwhistell receives Chrysalis House award; Honor is for helping mothers fight substance abuse addiction

Press Release Date:  Thursday, November 01, 2007  
Contact Information:  Anya Armes Weber, (502) 564-6180 or Vikki Franklin, (502) 564-7042  

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 1, 2007) – The Chrysalis House of Lexington recently honored Mark D. Birdwhistell, secretary of the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), for his work on behalf of mothers and their children.

Chrysalis House presented Birdwhistell with its “Chrysalis House Appreciation” award at a luncheon on Oct. 26.

“It’s an honor to receive this award for work that is more of a passion,” Birdwhistell said. “Helping women with children become better mothers by getting sober is essential to creating a safe society for children.”

Chrysalis House, Inc. provides comprehensive substance abuse treatment and support services in a long-term continuum of care to women and their children.

Chrysalis House Executive Director Lisa Minton said Birdwhistell was selected because he made a significant impact on the success and well-being of the 200 women and their children served by her agency annually.

“Secretary Birdwhistell has worked to bring solutions to the problems of addiction by providing leadership and support to these mothers,” she said.

Since 1978, the award-winning Chrysalis House has grown from one small facility to include several sites: Chrysalis Court, Maxwell Street, Family Program, Serenity Place Apartments, Scattered Site Housing Program, and Community Center. Minton said the success of Chrysalis House is the result of the efforts of many who share a common vision: “Building a Community One Family at a Time.”

Learn more about the Chrysalis House at

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Last Updated 11/1/2007