Start here to find treatment openings in Kentucky for substance use:
The new KY Help Call Center will provide referrals across the state to both public and private treatment providers.
Kentuckians struggling with a substance use disorder, either themselves or within their families, can call 1-833-8KY-HELP (1-833-859-4357) toll-free to speak with a specialist about treatment options and available resources.
Options will include everything from medication-assisted treatment to faith based care, and a live specialist will assist callers work through all the variables. such as location and cost.
Callers can speak to a specialist from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm (est) Monday thru Friday. During non-business hours, callers may leave a message and the call center staff will get back in touch with them.
Operation UNITE provides a toll-free Treatment Referral Line for anyone seeking assistance with a drug addiction. This line is available during normal business hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Individuals seeking treatment, as well as family members in need of support, can call the referral line to learn about available treatment programs in the region and the appropriate steps they must take in order to enter a program that will meet their needs. All calls are kept confidential.
Through UNITE’s treatment initiative, individuals seeking help may be directed to short- or long-term treatment programs, Drug Court, or After-Care support programs. Low-income individuals living in Kentucky’s Fifth Congressional District may also qualify for a Voucher Program that will help cover the costs of residential treatment for drug-related addictions.
For more information about eligibility requirements call the UNITE Treatment Line at 1-866-908-6483.
What is Casey’s Law?
The Matthew Casey Wethington Act for Substance Abuse Intervention is named for Matthew Casey Wethington, who died in 2002 from a heroin overdose at the age of 23. Casey was an energetic young man who enjoyed life until it was “taken” by drugs. Casey never intended to become addicted to drugs when he used the first time. What he did not realize was that his using would progress from abusing to dependence and then to the disease of addiction. Although his parents tried to get him help, there was no law that could force someone into treatment because he was an adult. After Casey’s death his parents lobbied for a change. “Casey’s Law” passed on April 9, 2004, and took effect July 13, 2004.
What does this law provide?
The Matthew Casey Wethington Act provides a means of intervening with someone who is unable to recognize his or her need for treatment due to their impairment. This law allows parents, relatives and/or friends to petition the court for treatment on behalf of the substance abuse-impaired person.
Why is this law needed?
Denial and distorted thinking impedes a person’s ability to make a rational decision. The “bottom” for many is death. Addiction is a progressive, life-threatening disease. The best hope of survival for a person who is substance abuse impaired is intervention. Studies show that involuntary treatment can be just as successful as voluntary treatment. Most individuals who are substance abuse-impaired receive court-ordered treatment only after they have become arrested for a crime while under the influence of a substance. Drugs and crime often go hand-in-hand because people who are substance abuse impaired are forced by their disease to resort to any means necessary to procure their drug. Court-ordered treatment can be effective regardless of who initiates it. Not all people who are substance abuse impaired are arrested or, in the event that they are, may not receive the necessary treatment.
What is the process to use Casey’s Law?
The following steps must be taken in order to involuntarily commit someone to treatment:
- Obtain a copy of the petition from the District Court clerk’s office by requesting Form 700A – the Verified Petition for Involuntary Treatment of Alcohol/Drug Abuse.
- A spouse, relative, friend or guardian of the substance abuse-impaired person completes the petition and files it with the District Court clerk.
- The court reviews the allegations in the petition and examines the petitioner under oath.
- The court determines whether there is probable cause to order treatment for the person named in the petition (the respondent).
- If probable cause is established a judge appoints an attorney to represent the respondent, order the respondent to be evaluated, and schedule a hearing within 14 days.
- The respondent is notified of the date and purpose of the hearing.
- The respondent is evaluated by two qualified health professionals, at least one of whom is a physician, to determine if the respondent could benefit from treatment.
- If the judge finds the respondent should undergo treatment, the court shall order treatment from 60 days up to 360 days, depending upon the request in the petition and the result of the evaluation. Treatment options vary depending upon each individual’s circumstances and can range from detoxification to intensive treatment through recovery.
Get Help Lex is an on-line resource for people seeking facilities and services for substance use disorder (substance abuse/addiction) in or around Lexington, Kentucky.
Get Help Lex is a tool to help you find a substance abuse treatment program for yourself and others. It's an informational tool ONLY. If you are experiencing a medical emergency, please call 911.
The Northern Kentucky Helpline for Heroin, Opiate Addiction is:
The hotline is for anyone with questions or needs help with heroin addiction. The hotline is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and is answered by a licensed professional counselor.
The Inject Hope Regional Collaborative brings community leaders in the areas of public health, health care, public safety, prevention and treatment and job and family services together across Southwest Ohio, Northern Kentucky and Southeast Indiana to address the heroin and opiate epidemic that is threatening the well-being and safety of our entire community. Through the development and implementation of a comprehensive effort, the Regional Collaborative creates a unified foundation that is able to scale the most successful efforts, enabling collaboration and coordination to most thoroughly and effectively leverage local resources.
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