Kentucky Agency for Substance Abuse Policy

History of Kentucky Agency for Substance Abuse Policy 

The Kentucky Agency for Substance Abuse Policy (KY-ASAP) was created in 2000 to develop a strategic plan to reduce the prevalence of alcohol, tobacco and other drug use among youth and adult populations in Kentucky and coordinate efforts among state and local agencies in the area of substance abuse prevention.

KY-ASAP has continued to evolve since its placement into the Office of Drug Control Policy in 2004. KY-ASAP continues to embrace and incorporate the philosophy of ODCP to involve the three-pronged approach of prevention, treatment and law enforcement. During State Fiscal Year 2014, $1,566,000.00 was awarded to KY-ASAP Local Boards as annual funding and $20,000.00 was awarded to newly establishing local KY-ASAP Boards (McCracken County).

A key concept of KY-ASAP is policy change. Local Boards have evolved, as envisioned, as policy makers within their communities. Many have developed initiatives for smoke-free environments and worked with school systems to provide programs to teach our youth about the dangers of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. There are now 118 boards located in 120 counties of the Commonwealth.

The Kentucky Agency for Substance Abuse Policy is unique in that local boards determine their own needs for their service area. Through a strategic plan and needs assessment, the local boards identify the issues that they need to direct their dollars toward concerning tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs as related to abuse.

There are two types of boards within the structure of KY-ASAP: regional and single county boards. Sixteen of the seventy-eight local boards are regional boards with the remainder being single county boards. The regional boards are mostly associated with the high population areas of the state, with the exception of Fayette County which is a single county board. In the majority of the single county boards, the KY-ASAP funds amount to their only source to provide prevention and treatment of substance abuse.

KY-ASAP is currently being used in many of Kentucky communities as the primary component of a comprehensive drug education/prevention, treatment, and law enforcement programs. Within that three pronged approach, there are several intervention programs that have been proven to be effective and are available to schools, families and communities.

For more information on KY-ASAP please contact amy.andrews@ky.gov or heather.wainscott@ky.gov

 

 


 

KY-ASAP State Board

2016 KY-ASAP State Board Meeting Dates:   

  • February 18, 2016
  • May 19, 2016
  • August 11, 2016
  • November 17, 2016

All meetings will begin at 11 a.m. and will be held in the First Floor Conference Room of the Justice and Public Safety Building, 125 Holmes Street, Frankfort.

 

The mission of the Kentucky Agency for Substance Abuse Policy (KY-ASAP) is to develop a long-term strategy that is designed to reduce the incidence of youth and adult smoking and tobacco addictions, promote resistance to smoking, reduce incidence of substance abuse, and promote effective treatment of substance abuse throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

The State Board works to develop a strategy which:

  • Takes into account statewide resources.
  • Seeks to engage entities sharing a similar mission.
  • Includes an assessment of needs and available services.
  • Reflects the mission of KY-ASAP.
  • Enables the coordination and collaboration of alcohol and tobacco use and drug and alcohol abuse prevention and treatment resources and systems throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
  • Establishes criteria and funding limits for the allocation of tobacco settlement funds to local KY-ASAP boards on an on-going annual basis.
  • Provides KY-ASAP local boards with funding guidelines including eligible and ineligible expenditures.

The State Board also recommends to the Executive Director, Branch Manager and State Program Coordinator the most efficient means for using public funds to coordinate, supplement, and support high quality and ongoing programs of all public agencies and private service providers related to smoking cessation and prevention and alcohol and substance abuse prevention and treatment. Additionally, the State Board recommends matters for review and analysis by the Kentucky Agency for Substance Abuse Policy.

Membership of the State Board is appointed by the Governor and consists of seventeen (17) members defined in KRS 15A.340 as follows:

  • One (1) member representing the Kentucky Family Resource Youth Services Coalition, or a designee.
  • One (1) member representing the Kentucky Health Department Association, or a designee;
  • The Secretary of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, or designee;
  • The Secretary of the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet, or a designee;
  • One (1) member representing the Division of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services within the Department for Mental Health and Mental Retardation Services, Cabinet for Health and Family Services, or a designee;
  • The Commissioner of the Department for Public Health, Cabinet for Health and Family Services, or a designee;
  • The Executive Director of the Office of Alcoholic Beverage Control, or a designee;
  • The Commissioner of the Department of Education;
  • The Director of the Administrative Office of the Courts, or a designee;
  • One (1) member representing the Kentucky Association of Regional Programs, or a designee;
  • One (1) member representing the Kentucky Heart Association, or a designee;
  • One (1) member representing the Kentucky Lung Association, or a designee;
  • One (1) member representing the Kentucky Cancer Society, or a designee;
  • Two (2) members representing local tobacco addiction and substance abuse advisory and coordination boards; and
  • Two (2) members representing private community-based organizations, whether for-profit or non-profit, with experience in programs involving smoking cessation or prevention or alcohol or substance abuse prevention and treatment.

KY-ASAP Statutes and Regulations