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Posted on: November 15, 2019

Kenton County Detention Center COR-12 Jail Substance Abuse Program

Addiction Policy Forum, a leading national nonprofit, recognized Kenton County Detention Center COR-12 Jail Substance Abuse Program (SAP) in its Kentucky Innovations to Address Addiction report, spotlighting innovative programs that address addiction and provide support for families and communities.

“The Kentucky Innovation Now report recognizes revolutionary programs, such as the Kenton County Detention Center SAP, that are transforming the response to addiction in Kentucky and offering solutions during a time of crisis,” says Jessica Hulsey, founder of the Addiction Policy Forum.

The Kenton County Detention Center Substance Abuse Program provides in-jail treatment to clients. SAP works closely with circuit and district court judges to determine eligibility. A typical participant is in custody for at least 90 days; probation is contingent on aftercare and remaining committed. Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is used in conjunction with cognitive and behavioral therapy for detoxification, stabilization, and maintenance.

“We have the beds, we have the food—it’s a state-of-the-art facility and everyone is here being taken care of. All we had to do was plug in these social services. It was a no-brainer and an easy fit. The entire jail staff is determined to change the way we view and respond to addiction,” says Jason Merrick, inmate addiction services director. “It is an honor to be recognized by Addiction Policy Forum as an innovative solution to the addiction crisis in Kentucky.”

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