The Kentucky Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) is requesting SAMHSA Treatment Drug Courts funding in the amount of $400,000 annually for a five-year project period. The Fayette County Drug Court (FCDC) SAMHSA Treatment Drug Court project will enhance the FCDC capacity to assist high risk offenders with successful rehabilitation from the use of drugs and/or alcohol. The population to be served is adult offenders who enter the FCDC. In partnership with community agencies, this project will expand residential services and enhance wraparound services. This project will use evidence-based strategies and interventions addressing NADCP Adult Drug Court Best Practice Standards 5, 6 and 10.
Expanded services will provide additional gender-specific residential treatment and recovery at two premier programs - the Hope Center, Inc. and Chrysalis House, Inc. Hope Center will expand residential services for FCDC participants, providing gender-specific, evidence-based residential recovery services to a total of 28 participants. Chrysalis House, a licensed provider of substance abuse treatment and services for women and their families, will expand its evidence-based services for 23 FCDC participants annually. The total to be served with expanded residential services for this project is 51 annually and 255 over the five-year project period.
The goals and objectives of the project include 1) expanding current numbers and enhancing and strengthening treatment services to develop an effective, comprehensive system of care; 2) increasing abstinence and decreasing recidivism among program participants by offering holistic services expanding residential recovery services; 3) ensuring the project implementation and evaluation adhere to objectives and facilitate continuous quality improvement (CQI).
In FY 2016/2017, over 500 men and women were referred to Hope Recovery programs from the KY Dept. of Corrections and the Fayette County Detention Center (FC Detention). During that time, 99% of women and 77% of men served reported opioid abuse, including 62 homeless men and women served in Hope’s FC Detention Recovery Program. Fayette County OHPI HMIS data showed that in FY 2016/17, 5% of men and 44% of women admitted to Hope had serious mental illness, and RCOS data showed that during that time, 65% of men and 82% of women reported anxiety or depression at admission. Recent data shows that women who enter Chrysalis generally range in age from 24-38, with the average age being 29. At admission, 67% were pregnant, 60% listed heroin or other opiates as their primary drug of use, 37% stated they began using heroin or other opiates between the ages of 21-25, 77% reported using intravenously, and 24.4% reported being positive for Hepatitis C.