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House Bill 284 went it to effect July 15, 2020. This new law amended KRS 439.268 and allows the Department of Corrections to offer clients that are currently under the supervision of Probation and Parole (P&P) Program Good Time Credit (PGTC) for programs completed on or after August 1, 2020. Programs that are interested in becoming DOC approved program providers can find additional information for the application process for substance use disorder treatment programs. Approved providers will receive referrals from DOC and have their program listed on DOC's website as an approved provider.
The Department is unable to approve any substance abuse treatment programs that require religious participation or that meet the definition of a religious program since good time credit cannot be awarded for such programs. In order for a program to qualify for good time credit the program must have a secular purpose, be one that neither advances nor inhibits religion, and must not foster an excessive government entanglement with religion.
Application for Approved Program StatusHB 284 SAP Provider Letter
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:
- 14 programs in 11 prisons with a total of 903 beds
- 29 programs in 19 detention centers/jails with a total of 1,590 beds
- 14 Reentry Service Centers (RSC) with a total of 1,314 beds
- 14 Recover Kentucky Centers (RKC) with a total of 840 beds
- 15 Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) - Community Mental Health Centers with a total of 1,470 treatment slots
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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