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The Division of Addiction Services is responsible for the clinical and administrative oversight of all Substance Use Disorder (SUD) treatment related to inmates, parolees, and probationers within our care as determined by statute. This oversight includes treatment in prisons, jails, reentry service centers (RSCs), recovery Kentucky Centers (RKCs), and Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOPs) through a partnership with regional Community Mental Health Centers (CMHCs). Substance Use Disorder clinical determination for probationers and parolees through a network of social service clinicians in the Probation & Parole districts are also included in this oversight.

To date, the Division has programs in the following:

  • 11 programs in 8 prisons with a total of 853 beds
    • 1 private prison program with 112 beds at Lee Adjustment Center (LAC)
  • 29 programs in 22 detention centers/jails with a total of 1,555 beds
  • 11 Reentry Service Centers with a total of 1,131 beds
  • 14 Recover Kentucky Centers with a total of 840 beds
  • 14 Intensive Outpatient Programs - Community Mental Health Centers with a total of   1,450 beds
  • 3 Regional Intensive Outpatient Programs (Louisville, Lexington, Northern Kentucky)
  • 36 Social Service Clinicians assigned to Probation & Parole Districts

The Department has expanded programming from 475 treatment beds in 2004, to a current level of 5,941 treatment slots in 2019. This is an overall growth of over 1,300%. We continue to monitor for the necessity of additional programs. All prison and jail programs are licensed through the Office of Inspector General (OIG). The Division of Addiction Services has been providing a Substance Use Disorder treatment curriculum that is consistently becoming more clinically driven instead of punitively driven.

In 2015, the Kentucky General Assembly allocated $10 million to the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet under Senate Bill 192. Of that, $3 million was for the Department of Corrections (DOC) to fund Medically Assisted Treatment (MAT) in jails and prisons. In March 2016, the KY Division of Addiction Services was one of the first prison jurisdictions in the nation to initiate a protocol for MAT, utilizing the injectable opioid antagonist Naltrexone (Vivitrol®) with inmates who meet the criteria for high risk alcohol, opioid, and heroin abuse. Our protocol and implementation has resulted in our designation as a Center of Innovation by the United States Bureau of Justice.

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