Category Archives: Health & Safety

Health & Safety News

Beshear, Advocates Launch Statewide Hospital Training Effort to Support Victims of Sexual Assault

Andy Beshear

A new training effort aimed at helping hospital employees provide victim-centered care to survivors of sexual assault was launched today by Attorney General Andy Beshear, the Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs (KASAP) and the Kentucky Hospital Association.

The new one-hour training video is for emergency room staff and hospital employees who respond to victims of sexual assault. The training includes an overview of survivors’ rights, the role of rape crisis advocates, legal requirements for hospitals under the Sexual Assault Forensic Exam (SAFE) Act and Kentucky law and dos and don’ts for conducting an exam in a victim-centered manner, which seeks to minimize retraumatization associated with the criminal justice process.

Continue reading Beshear, Advocates Launch Statewide Hospital Training Effort to Support Victims of Sexual Assault

College Students Going Back to Class…Scammers Might Follow

Students across the Bluegrass are returning to college campuses. Better Business Bureau® serving Central & Eastern Kentuckyadvises students and parents to be aware of scammers that may target these young people, many on their own for the first time. 

According to 2018’s BBB Scam Tracker Risk Report, 41.6% of students reported a loss when exposed to a scam as compared to 28.3% of non-students. Students who are now exposed to managing their own finances are online looking for ways to save. It is important to be aware of scammers looking to take advantage.

Continue reading College Students Going Back to Class…Scammers Might Follow

CHFS unveils new health information exchange

The Kentucky Health Information Exchange (KHIE) has moved to a new platform with enhanced functionality and features for health providers across the Commonwealth.

The updated system was unveiled at the 2019 eHealth Summit in Lexington. KHIE is administered by the Division of Health Information, within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS). The secure, statewide network allows providers to locate and share electronic medical records to improve care of the patient.

Continue reading CHFS unveils new health information exchange

Labor Secretary David Dickerson Announces Completion of “Sickout” Investigation

Kentucky Labor Cabinet Secretary David Dickerson announced today that the Cabinet’s Office of Inspector General has completed the investigation into whether Kentucky teachers engaged in an illegal work stoppage, also known as a “sick out,” during the 2019 session of the General Assembly. The investigation found that 1,074 teachers did violate Kentucky law, which clearly prohibits work stoppages.

Continue reading Labor Secretary David Dickerson Announces Completion of “Sickout” Investigation

Senator McConnell Helps Secure $6.6 Million for Fletcher Group to Help Combat Opioid Epidemic in Rural Kentucky

Mitch McConnell

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced today that the Fletcher Group will receive $6.6 million from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program, which supports evidence-based programs for the prevention and treatment of substance use disorders in rural communities. The Fletcher Group has partnered with the University of Kentucky to establish an opioid response program and will maintain its headquarters in rural Kentucky. Its work will target 101 rural counties in eight states, including 47 counties in Kentucky.

Continue reading Senator McConnell Helps Secure $6.6 Million for Fletcher Group to Help Combat Opioid Epidemic in Rural Kentucky

Public health, foster care and adoption, Medicaid services highlight CHFS resources at state fair

 Visitors to the Kentucky State Fair are encouraged to stop by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) exhibit. The booth will include a wide range of CHFS services including substance use disorder resources, mental health information, children and parents programs, and other health and family assistance initiatives. The fair opens Thursday, Aug. 15, and concludes Sunday, Aug. 25 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville. The CHFS exhibit will be in the Health Horizons section of South Wing B.

Continue reading Public health, foster care and adoption, Medicaid services highlight CHFS resources at state fair

Gov. Bevin, UofL and KentuckyOne Health Strike Deal for University’s Acquisition of Jewish Hospital System

Gov. Matt Bevin

Gov. Matt Bevin and University of Louisville (“UofL”) President Dr. Neeli Bendapudi today announced a plan to secure the future of the Jewish Hospital and other KentuckyOne Health properties and their employees.

Under the deal, University Medical Center Inc., owned by UofL, would acquire Jewish Hospital and other KentuckyOne Health assets located in the metro Louisville region and then integrate them into the UofL system, creating greater efficiencies and services throughout the area. The arrangement would preserve approximately 5,000 jobs, maintain Kentucky’s reputation in the healthcare innovation field and continue the training and research that supports the UofL medical school.

Continue reading Gov. Bevin, UofL and KentuckyOne Health Strike Deal for University’s Acquisition of Jewish Hospital System

After Labor Cabinet’s Failure, Beshear Seeks Necessary Information to Ensure Kentucky Miners are Protected

Andy Beshear

Following media reports uncovering the Labor Cabinet’s failure to enforce a state law that required Blackjewel to post a performance bond that would have covered the cost of payroll for their workers, Attorney General Andy Beshear announced today that he is seeking the necessary information to ensure other miners are not at risk.

With no performance bond in place, Blackjewel’s bankruptcy and closure in July left miners and other employees unpaid for work they had already completed. The Labor Cabinet secretary described the failure to the Lexington Herald-Leader, saying “There is no mechanism in the law for the Labor Cabinet to figure out when a new company has opened in the state that is supposed to post a bond.”

Continue reading After Labor Cabinet’s Failure, Beshear Seeks Necessary Information to Ensure Kentucky Miners are Protected

TRAFFIC ADVISORY I-75

Update for Interstate 75 project in Madison County.The work is located on Interstate 75 at Exit 95. Tuesday, August 13 through Wednesday, August 14 – 7 p.m. Tuesday until 6 a.m. Wednesday

Interstate 75 – North & Southbound
• A double lane closure will be in effect at milepoint 95
o Closures are necessary for paving and restriping operations
o Paving and restriping will be part of a traffic diversion that will occur later 
o The traffic diversion will be in place for the duration of the project in both directions
Project information is located at the KYTC District 7 website: https://transportation.ky.gov/Distri…/…/627-Interchange.aspx

Berea Police: School Starts Tomorrow

Tomorrow is the first day of classes for Berea Community Schools and Madison County Schools. Traffic will be impacted by construction and everyone should make sure to give themselves extra time to get where they are going.

Please pay extra attention to stopped school buses and children as they load and unload.

If you pass a stopped school bus you WILL BE CITED by . We want everyone to enjoy their first day of school, and we want everyone to be safe.

Officers will be directing traffic in the trouble areas at least for the first week.

Beshear, AGs Standing up for Access to Affordable Health Care

Andy Beshear

Attorney General Andy Beshear and a coalition of 12 other attorneys general last week took another step in their fight to protect affordable and accessible health care for Kentucky families and millions of families across the country.

In their final brief filed before the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, the attorneys general urge the court to uphold a lower court’s decision that struck down a change to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Association Health Plan (AHP) Rule, which sought to sidestep consumer protections and sabotage the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Continue reading Beshear, AGs Standing up for Access to Affordable Health Care

Burn Ban

Madison County has issued a burn ban because of the hot and dry conditions this week. This means no open flames of any kind outside at any time of the day or night until further notice.

No burn permits will be issued until conditions allow for safe burning.

Thank you for your cooperation in keeping Berea and Madison County safe.