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Mental Health Receives $1.5 million for Women’s Program

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, December 17, 2008  
Contact Information:  Gwenda Bond or Beth Fisher,(502) 564-6786, ext. 3325 and 4012  

Money to Provide Long-term Care for Pregnant, Postpartum Women

The commonwealth has received $1.5 million to enhance substance abuse rehabilitation services for women, enabling mothers to bring children with them while they undergo long-term counseling and treatment, the Department for Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Addiction Services (MHDDAS) announced today. The money will go to Independence House of Cumberland River Comprehensive Care Center.

“We are committed to improving the lives of women and children of Kentucky,” said Gov. Steve Beshear. “This grant will allow us to serve more mothers in need of addiction treatment and counseling – without having to leave their families behind. This is truly a step forward in our fight against drug and alcohol abuse in Kentucky.”

Located in Corbin, the Independence House will use the funds to create a 14-bed residential facility that will offer services for up to a year. The facility will be the first in the state to exclusively serve pregnant and postpartum women and their newborn children.

“For mothers coping with addiction issues, child care can be a barrier to seeking treatment,” said Health and Family Services Cabinet Secretary Janie Miller. “By expanding Independence House, more mothers will be able to seek the kinds of services they need and get on the path to rehabilitation.”

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) awarded the $1.5 million competitive grant for programs for pregnant and postpartum women to Independence House, which will work with MHDDAS and the University of Kentucky Center for Drug and Alcohol Research. The funding will build on an already existing residential treatment program currently providing 30-day treatment services for women, extending services at the residential center to long-term.

“In these difficult economic times, this is an important program enhancement for the women and children of Kentucky,” said Steve Nunn, acting commissioner of MHDDAS. “Independence House has been providing much needed services for women of the Appalachian region of the state for years and now will be able to expand those services.”

The 14-bed facility will serve more than 100 women during the three-year grant period and will be the first long-term residential program in rural Appalachian Kentucky.

“This new program will offer services to clients with very special needs, enhancing our continuum of care with our outpatient substance abuse programs, KIDS NOW Plus and Cumberland Hope Community in Harlan,” said Danny Jones, executive director of the Cumberland River Comprehensive Care Center. “Our other treatment programs will be closely involved with the new Independence House to provide other clinical services.”

Priority admissions will include pregnant women who have served in the military from anywhere in the state or from neighboring Tennessee.

The range of services available will include trauma informed care (a research-based treatment model based on study of those who’ve experienced trauma), health, mental health, housing, employment, education and training. Intensive case management services will be provided to ensure access to prenatal and postnatal medical care as well as other educational, vocational and social services.

Cumberland River’s full array of services will be available, as well as referrals to other community resources. Case management and traditional after-care relapse prevention programs will assist women in their recovery process after they return home.







Last Updated 12/17/2008