BOWLING GREEN – Attorney General Andy Beshear joined state and local officials today in Warren County to present Necco $700,000 to support youth suffering from alcohol and substance abuse.
A core mission of the Office of the Attorney General is to address Kentucky’s drug epidemic by supporting recovery efforts and organizations like Necco.
“As a result of this court settlement, my office is able to provide support to Necco and other deserving drug treatment and recovery agencies throughout the Commonwealth,” Beshear said. “Necco is helping to fight against drug abuse in the Commonwealth, and I am honored that my office can help them to continue to provide treatment, education and support for youth and their families.”
Necco provides targeted case management, individual and family therapy, and collateral support services for youth throughout the Commonwealth. Additionally, Necco offers adoption and foster care services, behavioral health treatment, private home study, independent living and community living programing.
Necco has regional offices in Bowling Green, Elizabethtown, Florence, Grayson, Hazard, Lexington, Louisville, Owensboro, Paducah and Somerset.
“Necco is honored that AG Beshear and the legislators recognized the work that Necco has and will continued to provide statewide,” said Pam Priddy, Necco CCO. “To date, 634 youth have received services as part of the 2014 KY Kids Recovery grant program from settlement funding secured by the Office of the Attorney General. The impact of this money in our Kentucky communities for families that are facing substance abuse challenges will be substantial.”
In the recently passed state budget, lawmakers appropriated funds recovered from the Purdue Pharma case to 15 different recovery facilities and drug treatment centers recommended by the attorney general that provide a variety of services throughout the Commonwealth. Necco received settlement funds in a previous round of funding totaling more than $1.3 million.
“Drug treatment programs, particularly those serving young people, are the cornerstone of our fight against drug and alcohol addiction in Kentucky,” said Rep. Wilson Stone, of Scottsville. “Thanks to Attorney General Beshear, we will have more resources to help more families build lives free from drug and alcohol abuse.”
“When a young person abuses drugs or alcohol, it impacts our community and hurts all of us,” said Rep. Martha Jane King, of Lewisburg. “I know Necco helps these young people break the cycle of addiction, and gives families hope that their loved ones can get back on track toward a bright future.”
“We see the impacts of drug and alcohol abuse across Kentucky, but is it never more devastating than when one of our young people is caught in the grip of addiction,” said Rep. Brent Yonts, of Greenville. “Working together across the various levels of government and with leaders like Necco, we have made progress toward eliminating drugs from our streets and schools.”
Beshear said substance abuse is Kentucky’s most overpowering, prevalent problem. He said public officials must support proven and effective programs like Necco if the state wants to end substance abuse and assist Kentucky families.
To date, Beshear has also presented funding to Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky in Covington; Transitions in Covington, Mountain Comprehensive Care Center in Pikeville; WestCare Kentucky at the Hal Rogers Appalachian Recovery Center in Ashcamp; Independence House in Corbin; KVC Kentucky in Hazard; Kentucky River Community Care in Jackson; Hope in the Mountains in Prestonsburg; Ramey-Estep in Ashland; Recovery Kentucky in Henderson; Chrysalis House in Lexington; Maryhurst and Freedom House in Louisville.