Prison Substance Abuse Program - Therapeutic Community Modality
A six-month evidence based Substance Use Disorder treatment opportunity for those individuals assessed with Substance Use Disorder and classified to be housed in a prison setting. Residents in these programs are housed separately from the prison general population, thereby forming their own community that encourages responsibility and accountability through peer support and uninterrupted focus on substance use treatment. See below for a list of the Commonwealth's prisons that have Addiction Services programming:
- Blackburn Corrections Complex (BCC) - Male
- Green River Correctional Complex (GRCC) - Male
- Kentucky Correctional Institute for Women (KCIW) - Female
- Kentucky State Reformatory (KSR) - Male
- Lee Adjustment Center (LAC) (Private) - Male
- Little Sandy Correctional Complex (LSCC) - Male
- Northpoint Training Center (NTC) - Male
- Roederer Correctional Complex (RCC) - Male
- Ross-Cash Center (at WKCC) - Female
- Southeast State Correctional Complex (SSCC) - Male
- Western Kentucky Correctional Complex (WKCC) - Male
Jail Substance Abuse Program - Therapeutic Community Modality
The Kentucky Department of Corrections contracts with 22 detention centers to provide evidence based Substance Use Disorder treatment programming for individuals classified to a jail setting. Individuals are housed separate from the jail general population, fostering a community accountable to, and responsible for, a supportive treatment environment. See below for a list of the Commonwealth's county detention centers/jails that have Addiction Services programming:
- Boyle County - Male
- Breckinridge County - Male
- Bullitt County - Female
- Christian County - Male
- Daviess County - Male
- Fulton County - Male
- Grant Co - Male/Female
- Grayson County - Male
- Hardin County - Male/Female
- Harlan County - Male
- Henderson County - Male
- Hopkins County - Male
- Kenton Co - State Inmates Male
- Kenton Co - County Inmates Male/Female
- Laurel County - Male
- Lee County (Three Forks) - Male
- Marion County - Male
- Mason County - Male
- Pike County - Male/Female
- Powell County - Male
- Shelby County - Male
Recovery Kentucky Centers (RKCs)
Through a joint effort by the Kentucky Department of Corrections, Kentucky Housing Corporation, and the Department for Local Government (DLG), Recovery Kentucky was created to assist Kentuckians recover from substance use disorders and to reduce homelessness. There are 14 Recovery Kentucky Centers across the Commonwealth. Each Center offers a total of 100 treatment/recovery beds, with 60 beds contracted by the Kentucky Department of Corrections in each location. Go to
https://corrections.ky.gov/Facilities/Pages/recoverykentucky.aspx or see below for a list of RKCs:
- Brighton Place
- Healing Place of Campbellsville
- Center Point
- Cumberland Hope
- Grateful Life
- Hickory Hill
- Liberty Place-Richmond
- Men's Addiction Recovery Center (M.A.R.C.) - Bowling Green
- Morehead Inspiration Center
- Owensboro Reg. Recovery
- Trilogy - Hopkinsville
- WARM - Henderson
Reentry Service Centers (RSCs)
Those individuals in need of Substance Use Disorder treatment, who meet the classification criteria for community custody, may participate in programs available in reentry service centers approved by the department to offer Substance Use Disorder treatment programming. See below for a list of the Kentucky Department of Corrections' approved RSCs:
- Chrysalis House (F)
- Chrysalis House is a residential treatment program for pregnant and parenting women diagnosed with Substance Use Disorder, they also offer treatment for women with co-occurring substance use and one or more mental health conditions. In addition to residential treatment, the facility also offers Intensive Outpatient Treatment to clients that meet the criteria for a lower level of care.
- CTS Russell
- Dismas Dierson (F)
- Dismas Owensboro (F)
- Healing Place for Women
- Healing Place for Men
- Hope Center for Women
- Hope Center SHARE-CO
- SHARE is a facility for men with co-occurring Substance Use Disorders and/or Serious Mental Illness. SHARE is a six month program with optional aftercare services located at Jacob's House on the Hope Center campus in Lexington. There are two program tracts; SHARE-CO (co-occurring) and SHARE-SMI (serious mental illness).
- SHARE-CO addresses the substance use component by utilizing the peer-driven therapeutic community model that the Hope Center Men's and Women's Recovery Program has utilized for many years in its partnership with the Kentucky Department of Corrections. SHARE utilizes Recovery Dynamics curriculum, integrating the twelve step model with the peer-driven therapeutic community model. Due to comorbid psychiatric conditions, individuals in the co-occurring program require certain accommodations to ensure success. This includes supplementing the peer-driven therapeutic community model with licensed mental health professionals to provide direct services and support. The program also maintains smaller therapeutic community groups, providing a less intimidating and more personal format which allows both staff and clients to focus on the particular needs of this group.
- Hope Center SHARE-SMI
- SHARE is a facility for males and females with co-occurring Substance Use Disorders and/or Serious Mental Illness. SHARE is a six month program with optional aftercare services located at the Jacob's House on the Hope Center campus in Lexington for men and located at the Ball-Quantrell Jones Recovery Center for Women in Lexington for females. There are two program tracts; SHARE-CO (co-occurring) and SHARE-SMI (serious mental illness).
- SHARE-SMI is for individuals with Serious Mental Illness who may not meet criteria for any Substance Use Disorders. Clients receive onsite mental health screening and diagnostic services, psychoeducational and support groups focused on mental health management, and basic life skills groups. The program provides onsite mental health counseling through a partnership with New Vista, a local community health provider, and also have licensed mental health professionals to offer support services, crisis intervention, and assist with other immediate needs. In addition, the program provides referrals for primary health care, job training, vocational support services, educational services, and permanent housing. Clients are given the opportunity to be referred for Targeted Case Management services to provide ongoing aftercare support once they transition back into the community.
- Jacobs House
- Privett Center
- St. Ann's
- VOA (45 days)
- Westcare Lookout
Short Term Residential Treatment:
- VOA - Halfwayback Program - 45, 60, or 90 day residential
Community SAP - Comprehensive Outpatient Program
Through an agreement with the Regional Community Mental Health Centers (CMHC) and The Hope Center, individuals who meet the clinical and classification criteria may attend a less restrictive Comprehensive Outpatient Program. Clients start by meeting weekly in an outpatient setting to receive evidenced based substance use disorder curriculum. Clients may be referred to Comprehensive Outpatient who present with a substance use disorder, which is causing multidimensional instability. Comprehensive Outpatient can be an entry point into treatment, a step down level of care, or a step up level of care. Comprehensive Outpatient would be considered for clients who would likely benefit from structure and accountability. Clients must abide by all treatment program standards and submit to random drug screening. Clients must be medically and mentally stable to attend two-hour treatment sessions in a group setting. This is a program which generally takes six-months to complete broken into three phases, totaling 56 treatment sessions.
- Four Rivers Behavioral Health
- Pennyroyal Mental Health Center
- River Valley Behavioral Health
- New Vista (previously Bluegrass.org)
- Cumberland River Behavioral Health
- Kentucky River Community Care
- Mountain Comprehensive Care Center
- Seven Counties
- Hope Center
Outpatient Substance Abuse Programs
Kentucky State Reformatory serves as the primary medical center for the Department of Corrections. In response to those individuals who are medically unable to transfer to facilities where Substance Use Disorder treatment programming is offered, the Department offers evidence based outpatient Substance Use Disorder programming.
- Kentucky State Reformatory
- Ross-Cash Center
- Henderson County Jail
P-SAP Jail Programs
In response to Senate Bill 4, passed into law in 2009, individuals charged with Class C or D felony drug and/or alcohol crimes, with no felony convictions within the past 10 years may be eligible for treatment as an alternative to conviction. At initial incarceration, the Jail Pre-Trial Officer may alert the Division of Addiction Services Branch Manager to conduct a clinical assessment to determine eligibility for Substance Use Disorder treatment. Upon an agreement between the judge, the commonwealth attorney, the inmate in question, and his/her attorney, successful completion of a jail based, six-month treatment program may serve as an alternative to a felony conviction.
Prison Co-Occurring Disorder Programs
Individuals with verifiable histories of Substance Use Disorder and mental health disorders are eligible to receive an integrated treatment program to address both mental health and substance use disorders. Programs are available in male and female prisons for those classified with prison status.
- Kentucky Correctional Institution for Women
- Kentucky State Reformatory
Reentry Drug Supervision
Mandated by Senate Bill 120, the Kentucky Department of Corrections shall implement a reentry drug supervision pilot program with a goal of restoring the lives of those experiencing Substance Use Disorders. Through a team-based oversight and evidence based behavior modification, individuals will address issues of Substance Use Disorder with support and oversight by the Parole Officer, Social Service Clinician, Administrative Law Judge, Parole Board, and mental health and Substance Use Disorder treatment providers. This program is currently piloted in Campbell County.
Medications for Addiction Treatment
In 2015, the Kentucky General Assembly, through SB 192, provided $3 million to the Kentucky Department of Corrections to provide Medically Assisted Treatment (Injectable Naltrexone) in conjunction with evidence based Substance Use Disorder treatment for those individuals at risk for heroin and/or heroin relapse upon release from incarceration. Through the use of regularly scheduled Injectable Naltrexone (Vivitrol®), clients are able to eliminate the cravings that lead to heroin and opiate relapse. By maintaining this protocol, clients are best prepared for reentry to the community. There is no cost to the client for these services. Protocol requires enrollment in a jail or prison evidence based Substance Use Disorder program. For more information, please navigate to our SAMAT tab.
Social Service Clinician Community Groups
As part of the Division of Addiction Services effort to stem the high rate of Substance Use Disorders associated with incarcerated populations, Social Service Clinicians are assigned to all Probation and Parole District Officers throughout the state and are responsible for all Substance Use Disorder clinical assessments, referrals and treatment. In this capacity, Social Service Clinicians may provide group treatment for probationers, parolees, and other eligible clients.
DOC Approved Providers
Community based Social Service Clinicians are encouraged to utilize all available evidence based resources in the geographic catchment area. This may include agencies not formerly contracted with by the Department. Awareness of client needs and a knowledge of all local clinical resources allows for broader opportunities for change.