The Pennyroyal Center was recently awarded $300,000 from the Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities to expand treatment and recovery services to individuals with Opioid Use Disorders.

According to a news release, the center's grant application focused on the implementation of residential recovery homes for individuals within the eight county region served by the Pennyroyal Center.

“We have continued to hear from our community that housing options are limited for the individuals that we serve, specifically individuals transitioning from substance use treatment facilities and trying to get back on their feet, said Eric Embry, CEO of the Pennyroyal Center. "This award aids the Pennyroyal Center in addressing this regional issue.”

Director of Substance Use Services Ashley Boze said there are a number of factors that contribute to housing barriers for individuals in early recovery.

“This new program will provide stability and support," Boze said. "Housing is not the only provision of the program but will also include case management, employment coaching and assistance, connection to community resources as well as connection to the recovery community. We are so excited for this opportunity to serve individuals in need in our communities.”

The Pennyroyal Center was established on Feb. 15, 1966, as a nonprofit, community mental health center. The center provides person-centered services in behavioral health, substance use, and developmental and intellectual disabilities for citizens within the region. The Pennyroyal Center serves Caldwell, Christian, Crittenden, Hopkins, Lyon, Muhlenberg, Todd and Trigg counties.

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