FRANKFORT, KY (KFVS) - Governor Matt Bevin and the University of Kentucky joined the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Secretary in Washington D.C. on April 18 to announce a major grant award to combat the opioid epidemic.
Researchers the university along with the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) and the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet (JPSC), will lead the Kentucky CAN HEAL (Communities and Networks Helping End Addiction Long-term) project.
The goal is to develop solutions to the opioid crisis and offer new hope for those affected.
“The opioid epidemic is one of the most perilous and persistent challenges impacting our state and nation,” said Gov. Bevin. “Kentucky is grateful to Secretary Azar and HHS for this historic grant allocation, and we look forward to collaborating closely with the University of Kentucky to implement this vital work. We are confident that this transformative project will be a pivotal weapon in our ongoing battle against the opioid scourge and will ultimately help to save lives in communities across the Commonwealth.”
Sixteen counties will be included in the randomized CAN HEAL study.