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Media Advisory: State to announce funding for Martin County drug treatment partnership; Program for at-risk families awarded major federal grant

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, October 16, 2007  
Contact Information:  Anya Armes Weber, (502) 564-6180 or Vikki Franklin, (502) 564-7042  

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Oct. 16, 2007) – The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) will announce significant federal and state funding for an innovative substance abuse treatment partnership in Martin County on Thursday.

CHFS’ Sobriety Treatment and Recovery Teams (START) program is piloting substance abuse partnerships in four counties, including Martin. START helps families who are at risk of child removal because of substance abuse issues. Kentucky’s is only the second program of its kind in the country, patterned after the nationally recognized Cleveland START program. In just 10 years, Cleveland’s version of the program has been credited with a major reduction in the number of children who returned to foster care after their first foster care placement.

What: Announcement of federal grant and state funding for Kentucky’s Sobriety Treatment and Recovery Teams (START) partnership project in Martin County

Who: First Lady Glenna Fletcher
          CHFS Secretary Mark D. Birdwhistell
When: 10:30 a.m. EST, Thursday, Oct. 18

Where: Roy F. Collier Community Center, 1200 Main St., Inez, Ky.

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Last Updated 10/16/2007