Boyle County is Kentucky’s first Recovery Ready Community, a designation that reflects commitment to providing residents with access to addiction treatment and recovery support and removing barriers to the workforce. Applications for the designation opened in January.
The certification is designed to encourage communities to provide transportation to and from employment services and job interviews, allowing people to make positive changes while filling the state’s need for workers at a time of record-low unemployment, said a news release from Gov. Andy Beshear.
“Boyle County has set a strong precedent that can serve as a model for the rest of Kentucky’s communities,” Beshear said in the release. “I continue to encourage each of the commonwealth’s counties and communities to apply for certification. If we work together to build a safer, healthier commonwealth, we can rise above drug and alcohol addiction in our state once and for all.”
Pam Darnall, chair of the state Recovery Ready Communities Advisory Council, which apprpoved the designation, said “We are inspired by Boyle County’s commitment to continue strengthening its local recovery-oriented system of care through persistent cross-agency collaboration and a willingness to try innovative programs and interventions aimed at increasing positive public health and safety outcomes.”