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RITI BEREA PROVIDES 268 BEDS FOR HOMELESS DURING INAUGURAL SEASON

Miranda Saylor and Faith Grant from J Studio Salon volunteer their time and skill to give RITI guests complimentary haircuts.

Until this winter, those experiencing homelessness in Berea had no choice but to seek shelter elsewhere or try to survive the bitter temperatures alone.

This winter 15 determined Bereans decided to change all that.

Motivated by the coming cold weather, these organizers and hundreds of volunteers took what is normally a yearlong process and made Room in the Inn Berea operational in just two months.

Loosely based on the national model begun in Nashville, TN, RITI Berea operated a volunteer-run rotating winter shelter from Continue reading RITI BEREA PROVIDES 268 BEDS FOR HOMELESS DURING INAUGURAL SEASON

FROM THE COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL

Beshear: Tax Mail Scam Threatens Seizure of Property

Attorney General Andy Beshear issued a Scam Alert today following a report from an employee at a Woodford County church who received a scam property tax delinquency notice in the mail.

The scam letter threatens seizure of the church property if taxes, penalty and interest totaling more than $21,000 are not paid immediately over the phone. The letter appears to be from the state of Kentucky Bureau of Tax Enforcement, an agency that does not exist, and includes an official looking seal and a phone number to call to make payment. Continue reading FROM THE COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL

From the Commonwealth of Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services

Twenty E. coli Cases Linked to Illness Outbreak Across Commonwealth

The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) announced today that 20 Kentuckians have tested positive with a strain of  E. coli O103. Public health investigators have not yet identified the source of the outbreak, but have noted that some sort of food distribution is a likely mechanism for this outbreak among many of the individuals afflicted by the sometimes life-threatening bacteria.

Continue reading From the Commonwealth of Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services

FROM THE COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL

Andy Beshear

Beshear Wins First Major Fight to Protect Health Care for Kentucky Families

Today, Attorney General Andy Beshear and 11 other attorneys general announced they won a federal lawsuit that will protect essential health care benefits for Kentuckians on individual and small group health insurance plans.

Beshear said the lawsuit sought to invalidate a change in the U.S. Department of Labor’s Association Health Plan Rule that would have allowed individual and small group health plans not to comply with the provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Continue reading FROM THE COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL

NO SMOKING OR VAPING: KIDS ARE LEARNING ADVOCATES CELEBRATE PASSAGE OF TOBACCO-FREE SCHOOLS BILL

Today, the Kentucky Senate took the final legislative step necessary to pass a tobacco-free schools bill, voting 28-10 to approve House Bill 11. The bill now heads to the Governor, who has indicated he will sign it into law. Following is a statement from a group of organizations that actively advocated for the bill this year: Continue reading NO SMOKING OR VAPING: KIDS ARE LEARNING ADVOCATES CELEBRATE PASSAGE OF TOBACCO-FREE SCHOOLS BILL

From the Cabinet for Health and Family Services

CHFS Statement on Kentucky HEALTH Ruling

Secretary Adam Meier of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) released the following statement regarding the Commonwealth’s Section 1115 Medicaid waiver, known as Kentucky HEALTH:

“The judge illogically concluded that Medicaid is all about paying for healthcare for as many people as possible without regard to whether this coverage actually makes people healthier. We emphatically disagree because a healthcare program like Medicaid, by its very nature, must take into account whether it improves people’s health. That’s the whole point. Continue reading From the Cabinet for Health and Family Services

Summary Judgement: HHS Approval of Kentucky HEALTH Vacated, Again

Sixteen low income Kentuckians last year challenged federal approval of Governor Bevin’s Medicaid waiver plan. In an opinion issued today, federal district Judge James Boasberg favored the plaintiffs for the second time, vacating the Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary’s approval of Kentucky’s 1115 Waiver known as Kentucky HEALTH. The judge’s ruling blocks implementation of the waiver, which was set to go into effect on April 1st. Continue reading Summary Judgement: HHS Approval of Kentucky HEALTH Vacated, Again

SIXTH ANNUAL COWBOY UP FOR A CURE RODEO RETURNS TO ALLTECH ARENA

Lexington, KY- The Cowboy Up for a Cure Rodeo, presented by Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center at Jack Kain Ford, returns to the Kentucky Horse Park’s Alltech Arena, on Saturday, April 6, 2019 at 7pm.

Gates will open at 6pm and attendees can enjoy our children’s activity center or shop for rodeo style apparel at one of the many vendors on-hand.

Award-winning, professional rodeo entertainment will be provided by 3 Bar J Rodeo of Union City, Indiana, with a field of over 200 entrants. Continue reading SIXTH ANNUAL COWBOY UP FOR A CURE RODEO RETURNS TO ALLTECH ARENA

Jury Scam


The Madison County Sheriff’s Office has been receiving an abundance of calls in regards to a jury scam.

Jury Scam happens when person(s) posing as officers from a court, claim that the person did not show up for jury duty and that charges will be pressed.

The calls received indicate they are being made from the Madison County Sheriff’s Office. A foreign man states the person has missed jury duty and if payment is not made he or she is risking criminal action. The caller asks for payment to be made in the form of a prepaid card.

These calls are a scam. The Madison County Sheriff’s Office will never contact you asking for payment in reference to jury duty. Do not send any form of payment, hang up immediately and report the scam to the website listed below.

FROM THE COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL

Andy Beshear

Beshear Moving Forward in Fight for Affordable, Accessible Health Care

Today, Attorney General Andy Beshear and a coalition of 20 other attorneys general took another step forward in the fight to protect health care by filing their response in Texas v. U.S. in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Beshear said he is proud to be leading Kentucky’s efforts to preserve access to affordable health care for more than 1.3 million Kentuckians and tens of millions of Americans.

Continue reading FROM THE COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL

From the Commonwealth of KY Energy and Environment Cabinet

Forestry Officials Urge Caution as Spring Wildfires Increase

Kentucky Division of Forestry (KDF) officials are urging caution after the spring forest fire hazard season, which began February 15, became more active up in the past three weeks.  The KDF reports it has battled more than 189 forest fires, which have damaged more than 1,524 acres, since March 1.

“I urge the citizens of the Commonwealth to be cautious when they decide to burn outdoors,” said KDF Fire Management Chief Michael Froelich. “The record rains and low wildfire of the last few months are behind us. Wildfire danger increases with every day without measurable precipitation.”

Continue reading From the Commonwealth of KY Energy and Environment Cabinet

From the Commonwealth of Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services

It’s Time to Test for TB

As part of its ongoing work to educate the public about tuberculosis (TB) and prevent the spread of the disease, the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) is reminding Kentuckians that March 24 is World TB Day.

This year’s theme from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is “It’s Time,” in an effort to encourage latent TB testing among providers and raise awareness for the public. The theme emphasizes the partnership between various organizations and highlights efforts to eliminate TB. To show his support, Governor Matthew Bevin has declared March 2019 as “TB Awareness Month.” Continue reading From the Commonwealth of Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services

ALZHEIMER’S EVENTS FOR MAR. 2019

WEBINAR: SUCCESSFUL DAILY PLANNING FOR A PERSON WITH ALZHEIMER’S: HOW TO STRUCTURE YOUR DAY

Quality of life for a person with Alzheimer’s or another dementia can be greatly affected by how a caregiver brings structure to their day. Managing energy levels, physical exercise, social interaction and meaningful daily activities can be a daunting task. Continue reading ALZHEIMER’S EVENTS FOR MAR. 2019

Kentucky Senate: It’s Time to Make Kentucky Schools Tobacco Free

Kentucky students need a statewide tobacco-free schools law to protect them from secondhand smoke, e-cigarette aerosol and tobacco product messaging at school. Nearly 60 percent of Kentucky kids attend schools that do not have such policies, so they smell, breathe and otherwise absorb tobacco emissions and Continue reading Kentucky Senate: It’s Time to Make Kentucky Schools Tobacco Free

FROM THE COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL

Andy Beshear

Beshear Launches Investigation into Inflated Prescription Drug Prices

Attorney General Andy Beshear has launched an investigation into allegations that state pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) have overcharged the state health insurance programs for prescription drugs and discriminated against independent pharmacies.

Beshear is seeking details on how the PBMs, hired by state Medicaid managed-care organizations and the state employee health plan, have determined, billed and paid drug reimbursement rates over the past five years in Kentucky. Continue reading FROM THE COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL

UK, Kentucky Department for Public Health Collaboration Aims to Eliminate New HIV Infections in the Commonwealth

A collaborative program aimed at preventing new HIV infections in Kentucky, as well as expanding education and care for persons living with HIV, is being launched in Northern Kentucky and throughout the Commonwealth. Continue reading UK, Kentucky Department for Public Health Collaboration Aims to Eliminate New HIV Infections in the Commonwealth

From the Department of Public Advocacy Justice & Public Safety Cabinet

Public Forum Notice We Want to Hear from You!

On April 30-May 2, 2019 representatives from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS), Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness (PAIMI) Program will visit Kentucky Protection and Advocacy for the State of Kentucky in Frankfort.

SAMHSA/CMHS invites you to send written comments about the PAIMI Program services and activities conducted by the Kentucky Protection and Advocacy.

Please email your comments to [email protected]

FROM THE COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL

Andy Beshear

Beshear Launches Green Dot to Prevent Violence in Communities

Attorney General Andy Beshear, his Office of Victims Advocacy and the Women’s Crisis Center today announced employees in Beshear’s office will take part in a training and policy initiative to help them prevent violence in their communities.

Green Dot, a nationally recognized strategy active in 42 states, five countries and in the United States Air Force, focuses on preventing power-based personal violence – sexual violence, partner violence, child abuse, elder abuse, bullying and stalking.

In Kentucky, 47 percent of women and 20 percent of men report experiencing sexual violence. Continue reading FROM THE COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL