What is the KY-ODCP?

The Office of Drug Control Policy is tasked to coordinate Kentucky’s response to substance misuse. Our goal is to change the way substance misuse is handled in Kentucky, reducing the problem, and making the Commonwealth a model for other states. We have joined prevention/education, treatment, and law enforcement in a united effort to confront this epidemic and have made great strides. As we plan for the future, we know the success of our initiatives depends on the involvement and support of grassroots coalitions, local and state agencies, as well as community and faith-based organizations throughout Kentucky.

Our History

In August of 2004, a 51-member team of state, federal and local officials in substance misuse prevention-education, treatment and enforcement recommended the creation of the Office of Drug Control Policy.

Prior to making its recommendations, the Statewide Drug Control Assessment Summit conducted a 20-week assessment of substance misuse in Kentucky. The Summit was charged with the responsibility of assessing the effectiveness of existing and new local, state and federal substance abuse programs; soliciting input from citizens about substance misuse issues in their respective communities; and formulating recommendations to improve the balance and effectiveness of statewide drug control efforts.

KY-ODCP Core Values

  • Plan for the development of an effective continuum of prevention and treatment services

  • Key priorities and strategies across the full continuum of care, which includes prevention, harm reduction, treatment, and recovery and within the context of the family, organizations, community, and public policy

  • Assure collaboration of prevention, treatment and law enforcement initiatives related to substance misuse

  • Provide a repository of information on best practices and standards of practice for prevention, treatment, education and law enforcement as related to substance misuse

  • Educate communities and families about substance misuse and resources for promoting a healthy lifestyle and assuring safety for Kentucky’s children

  • Involve citizens at all levels of planning and implementing effective programs

  • Develop standards of practice that assure the development, maintenance and improvement of prevention, treatment, education and law enforcement initiatives

  • Coordinate overall research and evaluation of effectiveness of programs and services.  Assist and make recommendations regarding the management of existing resources assuring cost efficiency

  • Advocate for the enhancement of resources for substance misuse initiatives

  • Assist in developing policy and legislation that supports the mission and goals of the agency