Advocates Ask Metro Council To Protect City Funding For ‘The Living Room’

March 27, 2019. 89.3 WFPL.

Centerstone’s The Living Room program helps people with mental health and substance abuse issues avoid jail. But looming city budget cuts could threaten the program’s future less than two years after it opened.

Mayor Greg Fischer’s office has projected a $65 million budget shortfall by 2023 due largely to rising employee pension costs. In order to fill the gap, Fischer proposed tripling the insurance premium tax. A council committee approved a compromise measure — gradually doubling the insurance premium tax from 5 percent to 10 percent on lines other than auto and health, and $15 million in city budget cuts. But Metro Council voted down the plan and now they will move forward to cut $35 million from the upcoming year’s budget that begins July 1.

Locals learn how to use Narcan kits, hope to save lives

June 21, 2018. 14 News.

EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) – For the second time in Evansville’s history, the Congregations Acting for Justice and Empowerment (CAJE) held a free community narcan training event Thursday at Cleaves Memorial CME Church on Line Street.

Dozens of people showed to take advantage of the narcan kit giveaway, provided by Overdose Lifeline, Inc., which has provided Evansville Police and the Fire Department hundreds of Naloxone kits.

The Women’s Center at Moores Creek; Region Ten’s beacon of hope in fighting women’s addictions

May 18, 2018. The Daily Progress.

Region Ten, the behavioral health care provider in the region, will see a dream come true early next month, when it will officially open the doors to The Women’s Center at Moores Creek. The new center, just a stone’s throw away from the main campus on Old Lynchburg Road, will focus on the treatment of women who battle substance abuse. To make that dream a reality, Region Ten is asking the community to raise funds to match an anonymous $250,000 matching donation it received recently.

Charlottesville hasn’t seen a facility focused on helping women who battle substance abuse for over three decades. Region Ten is changing that.  Come next month, those women, and their children, will finally have a place to go.

Finding a home: Region Ten set to open Women’s Center

May 11, 2018. Charlottesville Tomorrow.

Last year, Caitlin Kelly spoke to a crowd of an estimated 1,000 people about her 17-year struggle with addiction. It was part of a movement to build a place for women in Central Virginia to stay while recovering from substance abuse.

Now, the Region Ten Community Services Board’s Women’s Center at Moores Creek is preparing to host a housewarming party on June 1, and Kelly has just been hired as the center’s certified peer recovery specialist.

Drug court judge seeks emergency fund for participants in treatment program

July 13, 2017. Insider Louisville.

District Court Judge Stephanie Pearce Burke says her speciality drug court in Jefferson County designed to steer criminal defendants toward addiction treatment instead of jail is producing good results, but it’s only at half-capacity and in need of discretionary funds to help participants in crisis pay for housing, medication and food to increase their odds of completing the program.

Earlier this week, Burke participated in the inaugural criminal justice roundtable of city leaders created by Citizens of Louisville Organized and United Together (CLOUT), a faith-based social justice group.