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Nearly $2 Million Available to Fight Violence Against Women

Kentucky Justice  Secretary John Tilley announced today that $1.9 million in funding is available through the STOP Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Grant Program. The application period officially opens Aug. 14.

VAWA funds may be used to develop and strengthen law enforcement, prosecution, judicial strategies and victim services in cases throughout Kentucky that involve violent crimes against women. That includes domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and dating violence. The funds are from the Office on Violence Against Women, a component of the U.S. Department of Justice.

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UPCOMING ALZHEIMER EVENTS

Webinar: Caregivers Speak: I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now

If you care for a person with dementia, you know that there is always something new to learn. Whether your concern is how to best interact with the person, managing medical decisions, or learning how to take better care of yourself, you could probably use a coach! Join us to listen to experienced caregivers share their Continue reading UPCOMING ALZHEIMER EVENTS

City, Berea Human Rights Commission host training session on Americans with Disabilities Act

The City of Berea could install a lift to make Berea City Pool more accessible to disabled individuals, but should it? That was just one of the topics city officials addressed Monday during a training session on the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act.

Berea City Council members attended a special called meeting Monday night to learn about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the 1990 law that is designed to protect disabled individuals from discrimination and ensure their access to public facilities. Continue reading City, Berea Human Rights Commission host training session on Americans with Disabilities Act

New Immunization Requirements for 2018-2019 School Year

As students prepare to head back to school this month, the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH), within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), reminds parents and caregivers to make sure children and teens are up-to-date on their vaccines. The Commonwealth’s vaccine requirements for school entry, which is modeled after Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), include new requirements for Hepatitis A and Meningococcal vaccines.

“We encourage parents to contact their medical provider to review their child’s immunization status to help ensure a smooth back-to-school transition for the upcoming year,” said DPH Commissioner Dr. Jeffrey D. Howard.”

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Beshear: From Coffee Grounds to Opioid Disposal Pouches, Kentuckians are Joining Our Fight against Addiction

Andy Beshear

Over the years, you have heard me say that in order to tackle our state’s opioid epidemic, it’s going to take all of us coming together as a community. That everyone has a role in building a better future.

One of my efforts to build that future is the Kentucky Opioid Disposal Program, which provides drug deactivation pouches to help Kentucky families safely dispose of the dangerous unused medications sitting in their medicine cabinets.

I can proudly say that in the last year we have grown the program’s reach to more and more Kentuckians thanks to tireless efforts of our partners, including local law enforcement, nonprofits, churches, senior citizens centers, governments and schools. Continue reading Beshear: From Coffee Grounds to Opioid Disposal Pouches, Kentuckians are Joining Our Fight against Addiction

UPCOMING ALZHEIMER EVENTS

Webinar: Caregivers Speak: I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now

If you care for a person with dementia, you know that there is always something new to learn. Whether your concern is how to best interact with the person, managing medical decisions, or learning how to take better care of yourself, you could probably use a coach! Join us to listen to experienced caregivers share their Continue reading UPCOMING ALZHEIMER EVENTS

Beshear: Mobile Deposit Scam Leaves Victims Repaying the Bank

A new scam warning was issued by Attorney General Andy Beshear today after a mobile deposit scam left a Franklin County resident with a $10,000 bank tab.

Beshear said reports from legitimate local banks and Kentuckians indicate scammers are succeeding in their efforts to put a new twist on the old counterfeit check scam.

“Falling victim to a counterfeit mobile deposit scam often results in the scammer getting away with the money and the victim repaying the bank,” said Beshear. “Before making or approving a bank deposit from an unverified source we recommend Kentuckians first confirm with a valid bank that it is not a scam.” Continue reading Beshear: Mobile Deposit Scam Leaves Victims Repaying the Bank

Beshear Fighting Federal Government’s Move to Dismantle Essential Health Care Protections for Kentuckians

Andy Beshear

Attorney General Andy Beshear said thousands of Kentuckians would be affected if the federal government is allowed to dismantle essential ACA health care protections like coverage of pre-existing conditions, newborn, maturity and pediatric services, substance abuse treatment and oral and vision care.

Beshear and a group of state attorneys general are asking a federal court to reject the U.S. Department of Labor’s Association Health Plan (AHP) Rule that allows critical changes to the nation’s health care landscape by eliminating access to key ACA health care benefits currently afforded to Kentuckians.

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Kentucky Core Healthcare Measures Set Announced

Kentucky now has an agreed upon set of healthcare measurement priorities. The Kentucky Core Healthcare Measures Set (KCHMS) was developed through a public-private partnership between the Kentucky Department for Medicaid Services (KDMS), within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), and the Kentuckiana Health Collaborative (KHC). The Commonwealth becomes one of the first states in the nation to enact a healthcare measurement set.

The purpose of this effort is to get Kentucky’s health plans and employers to reward primary care and pediatric providers on a shared set of relevant measures to drive improved health, quality of care, and value, to reduce administrative complexity, and to align healthcare organizations to have a shared focus. Continue reading Kentucky Core Healthcare Measures Set Announced

Grants Available To Expand Treatment For Pregnant And Parenting Women

The Kentucky Agency for Substance Abuse Policy (KY-ASAP) and the Kentucky Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities (KDBHDID) are partnering to distribute up to $3.2 million to expand drug treatment for pregnant and parenting women.

The funds will be distributed through a competitive grant process. Those eligible include not-for-profit providers that are licensed in Kentucky and have provided treatment for pregnant or parenting women for at least two years.

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KY Office of Drug Control Policy Releases 2017 Overdose Fatality Report

Illicit fentanyl, a powerful and unpredictable opioid, has inflicted another harrowing year on the commonwealth, claiming more lives than ever before even though deaths from heroin alone have declined.

According to a report released today by the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy, fatal overdoses totaled 1,565 in 2017, an 11.5 percent increase over the previous year. Among those cases, toxicology reports were available for 1,468. Continue reading KY Office of Drug Control Policy Releases 2017 Overdose Fatality Report

Saint Joseph Berea Receives Grant for Nearly $400,000

Saint Joseph Berea, part of KentuckyOne Health, has received a grant for $388,300 from the Catholic Health Initiatives Mission and Ministry Fund to expand its Green Dot violence prevention program in Berea. The mission of the Green Dot Program is to provide schools and communities with tools and prevention strategies to address many types of bullying. This added funding will bring the program into two more schools in Berea. Continue reading Saint Joseph Berea Receives Grant for Nearly $400,000

Beshear Alleges Pharmaceutical Manufacturer Created Dangerous Opioid Market in Kentucky for Profit Despite Addiction Risks

Andy Beshear

Attorney General Andy Beshear today filed suit against St. Louis-based pharmaceutical manufacturer Mallinckrodt for profiting from its massive supply of opioids to Kentucky doctors and patients for decades despite knowing and misrepresenting the addictive nature of their drugs.

The lawsuit alleges Mallinckrodt, founded in 1867 and one of the earliest producers of morphine and codeine, sold and promoted its opioids by falsely claiming the drugs could be taken in higher doses without disclosing the greater risks of potential addiction. Beshear said this action allowed the company to grow its market in Kentucky while contributing to the state’s drug epidemic.

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second annual First Responder Camp

Personnel from the Berea Police Department and Berea Fire Department were encouraging the next generation of police officers, firefighters, and paramedics at the second annual First Responder Camp.

This year’s camp had an exciting start as participants got a glimpse of a rescue helicopter that landed on the soccer field at Berea City Park. The popular camp concludes with a trip to Kings Island. Also on hand at the event were first responders from Madison County EMS and Berea Volunteer Fire & Rescue.

House Democratic Caucus calls on state health officials to detail how and why they removed key Medicaid benefits

In a letter sent today to the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, the House Democratic Caucus called on Secretary Adam Meier to offer a more detailed explanation about recent actions that removed three key health benefits for 460,000 Kentuckians enrolled in Medicaid.

The letter, which was signed by all 37 House Democrats, was initiated by state Representatives Joni Jenkins and McKenzie Cantrell of Louisville. It follows the administration’s June 30th decision to remove dental, vision and non-emergency transportation benefits for those enrolled as part of the Medicaid expansion. Continue reading House Democratic Caucus calls on state health officials to detail how and why they removed key Medicaid benefits

KSP to Conduct periodic traffic safety checkpoints

The Kentucky State Police, Post 11, London, which provides coverage for Clay, Laurel, McCreary, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Wayne and Whitley counties, will be conducting periodic traffic safety checkpoints at locations approved by the Kentucky State Police Policy and Procedures Manual. These checkpoints will be conducted in an effort to enforce the traffic laws of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Special attention will be paid to occupant protection (seatbelt adherence), sobriety, insurance and registration violations.