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Substance Abuse Services

Substance Abuse Treatment Modalities

​Prison Therapeutic Community

A six-month evidence based substance abuse 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.

Jail Therapeutic Community

The Kentucky Department of Corrections contracts with 24 detention centers to provide evidence based substance abuse 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.

Recovery Kentucky Centers

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 13 Recovery Kentucky Centers across the Commonwealth. Each Center offers 100 treatment/recovery beds. The Kentucky Department of Corrections contracts for 60 beds in each location.

Reentry Service Centers

Those individuals in need of substance abuse 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 abuse treatment programming.

Community Intensive Outpatient

Through an agreement with the 14 Regional Community Mental Health Centers, individuals who meet the clinical and classification criteria may attend a less restrictive 6-month Intensive Outpatient Program in a location compatible with their approved home placement. Clients meet three times per week, must abide by all treatment program standards, and submit to random drug testing.

Contracted Intensive Outpatient Programs

Because the majority of the probationers, parolees, and pre-trial diversion clients reside in Louisville, Lexington, or Northern Kentucky, the department contracts with treatment agencies in these areas to provide substance abuse treatment services akin to those offered in the Community Mental Health centers. Eligible candidates include probationers, parolees, and pre-trial diversions.

Prison Outpatient 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 abuse treatment programming is offered, the Department offers evidence based outpatient substance abuse programming.

P-SAP Jail Programs

In response to Senate Bill 4, passes 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 Substance Abuse Branch Manager to conduct a clinical assessment to determine eligibility for substance abuse 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 Program

Individuals with verifiable histories of substance abuse 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.

Community Co-Occurring Programs

Individuals with verifiable substance use and mental health disorders, and have community status, may receive co-occurring treatment through Community Mental Health Centers or through private providers. The Community Social Service Clinician can assist with this referral.

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 abuse with support and oversight by the Parole Officer, Social Service Clinician, Administrative Law Judge, Parole Board, and mental health and substance abuse treatment providers. This program is currently piloted in Floyd and Campbell Counties.

Reentry Centers

Through provisions of SB 120, this unique reentry opportunity focuses on specific area of need for each client. This could include employment, education, medical, psychological, vocational, housing, Intensive Outpatient substance abuse treatment, and family reunification. Eligible candidates may include probationers, parolees, misdemeanants, those on MRS, and pre-trial diversion.

Medically Assisted 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 abuse 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 abuse program.

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Social Service Clinician Community Groups

As part of the division of Substance Abuse Services effort to stem the high rate of substance abuse 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 abuse clinical assessments, referrals and treatment. In this capacity, Social Service Clinicians may provide group treatment for probationers, parolees, and other eligible clients.

Private Non-Contact 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.