KIPRC Receives $2.2 MM to Evaluate Kentucky Access to Recovery Program

Community Health, Research | November 29, 2022

Fahe is excited to announce the Kentucky Access to Recovery (KATR) Program is the subject of a comprehensive evaluation to be performed by the Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center (KIPRC). KIPRC, led by Terry Bunn, Ph.D., was recently awarded a $2.2 Million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and National Center for Injury Prevention and Control to partner with Fahe and the Fletcher Group to evaluate the long-term effectiveness of the KATR program.

Since 2019, Fahe has administered the Kentucky Access to Recovery (KATR) Program in partnership with the Kentucky Opioid Response Effort (KORE) and funding from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). KATR helps individuals recovering from opioid use disorder or stimulant disorder or who have a history of overdose from opioid use. Recovery support services are available to low-income individuals in eligible service areas who are currently in treatment or early stages of recovery, having completed treatment within the past year. Since it’s inception, KATR has provided services to approximately 4,400 clients.  

Over the past few years, Fahe has committed to improving data collection and to growing relationships with researchers inside and outside Appalachia. Data generated from programs like KATR helps Fahe in important decision making and provides valuable insights to our Members, partners, and like-minded organizations across the country working to build thriving communities.

“The results of this evaluation are essential to understand the importance of recovery support services in building recovery capital to achieve and sustain long-term recovery from substance use disorder among these vulnerable populations,” said Bunn, who is also the principal investigator on the grant.

We look forward to the results of the evaluation and the impact that it can have on future opportunities to support substance use recovery programs in areas of great need.

The full KIPRC press release can be read on the University of Kentucky’s online news site, UKNOW.