Mayor Greenberg provides weekly Louisville update

April 16, 2024

Today at ChooseWell Communities, a Louisville nonprofit whose mission is to create a community that supports families in recovery, Mayor Craig Greenberg announced 21 proposed recipients for the second round of opioid settlement funding totaling $5.3 million. The Mayor also recognized MetroSafe 911 telecommunicators and announced this week’s Louisvillian Doing Good. 

$5.3 million In Opioid Settlement Funding

Today, Mayor Greenberg was joined by the Louisville Opioid Settlement Advisory Board to announce recommendations for proposals to be funded by the second opioid settlement allotment of $5.3 million. This follows the $900 million in opioid settlement funds secured by the state of Kentucky in 2021, with funding distributed across the commonwealth for use on evidence-based strategies to address opioid prevention, treatment and recovery. Louisville has received $7.2 million in total settlement funds, with $2 million in the first round of funding previously approved for distribution by Metro Council in August 2023. 

“After extensive research and community listening, we know our community wants these dollars to help save lives, help fuel prevention efforts, support addiction treatment and recovery and help address homelessness – and today I am proud to announce that is exactly what this funding will do,” said Mayor Greenberg. “The $5.2 million will fund 21 projects throughout Louisville and offer direct support to those affected by opioid addiction. This is progress we will continue to build on as we create a safer, stronger and healthier city for everyone.” 

The following 21 projects are being recommended for funding. They focus on opioid use prevention, harm reduction, treatment and recovery, as well as homelessness and wrap around medical, mental and social services support.

Applicant Organization 

 

Amount Recommended 

Project Category 

Project Summary 

Beacon House Aftercare  $114,376 Treatment and recovery support Targeted case management and therapeutic services at long-term residential recovery housing 
ChooseWell Communities 1: Housing $239,280                         Treatment and recovery support Extend housing pilot to 40 more families in early recovery from opioid use disorder (OUD)/substance use disorder (SUD) 
ChooseWell Communities 2: Employment training  $316,352 Treatment and recovery support 12-week supported employment program for individuals in recovery from OUD/SUD with children under the age of five 
Community Advocates for Resources and Empowerment, Inc. $300,000 Homelessness  Expand staffing to increase capacity for care coordination and establish an Electronic Health Record (EHR) 
DELTA Foundation, Inc. $16,275         Primary prevention Free mental health services for youth in DELTA after-school programs in West Louisville with focus on Black/African American youth and those experiencing poverty  
Family Health Centers, Inc. $250,150 Treatment and recovery support Expand medication-assisted treatment program including Vivitrol, oral Naltrexone, Naloxone, and Suboxone 
Family Scholar House  $365,420 Treatment and recovery support Wraparound services, workforce and education training, family integration, life skills training, and referral services with focus on single parents, foster alumni, and college students + MyKy.Info kiosks at partner sites 
House of Hope of Kentucky  $161,860 Homelessness Mental health clinic for women experiencing homelessness who have completed a treatment program for SUD 
Jewish Family and Career Services of Louisville, Inc  $108,789     Primary prevention Youth primary prevention embedded in therapy, case management, career counseling, and food pantry services with focus on judicial and foster system involved youth 
Joshua Community Connectors, Inc.  $100,000 Treatment and recovery support Targeted case management and housing assistance/stabilization services for adults with OUD/SUD 
Legal Aid Society  $212,850 Treatment and recovery support Free civil legal support for low-income individuals and families in West Louisville affected by OUD to enable successful reentry 
Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness 

   

$718,789 

 

Treatment and recovery support Free community Narcan distribution, support the Medication Oriented Recovery and Enhancement (MORE) Program providing medication-assisted treatment and counseling to individuals with OUD and to create, sustain, and expand community-based strategies focused on communities most profoundly affected by OUD. 
Maryhurst, Inc.  $85,000 Primary prevention Mental health resources and direct prevention services for children, adults, and families in crisis in low-income, under-resourced areas 
Norton Healthcare 2: MOST  $275,000 Treatment and recovery support Expand Maternal Opiate and Substance Treatment (MOST) program with peer support specialists and a doula for pregnant and postpartum women with OUD 
NuLease Medical Solutions, LLC  $245,000 Treatment and recovery support 

Provide transportation services for clients to and from OUD appointments and hire a Behavioral Health Consultant  

 

Sheared, Inc. DBA Healing Tree  $195,000  Primary prevention Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy for youth at risk of developing OUD 
St John Center  $264,000 Homelessness Increase capacity to serve individuals experiencing homelessness, including new Opioid Response Navigator role to support clients with a variety of recovery supports 
St. Vincent de Paul Louisville  $281,858 Homelessness Mental health and substance use counseling services for individuals and families experiencing homelessness 
The Healing Place  $400,000 Treatment and recovery support 

Establish a Recovery Impact Team that coordinates with community organizations to help individuals navigate recovery options  

 

The Morton Center  $400,000                           Treatment and recovery support Chemical dependency treatment services and family support programs 
Young Men's Christian Association of Greater Louisville  $250,000 Primary prevention YNOW Mentoring Program providing one-on-one support and prevention education for youth with a parent experiencing incarceration or OUD/SUD 

 

Organizations recommended for this round of funding responded to a Request for Applications (RFA) in the fall of 2023. To be considered for funding, proposals had to address prevention, treatment, recovery, or homelessness and be evidence-based or evidence-informed, as well as responsive to local data and needs identified by community. 

“We're thrilled to receive these awards, which will help us provide crucial support to more parents with children under 5 in Jefferson County facing substance use disorders,” said Leigh Ann Yost, executive director, ChooseWell Communities. “This funding ensures they receive the housing, resources, and support they rightfully deserve. The ripple effects of the opioid epidemic have deeply affected our community, particularly our children, but with these resources, we can offer more assistance to a population capable of recovery and making positive contributions to our community.”

“It is an honor to work alongside our community organizations who are doing meaningful work and affecting lives profoundly impacted by the opioid epidemic,” said Dr. Inder Singal, interim medical director for the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness. “These grants will help create change and healing within our community. They will not only provide vital resources for addiction treatment, recovery and prevention programs, but they will help create a safer and more resilient environment where individuals can thrive free from the grip of addiction." 

“By directing these resources to these initiatives, we empower local efforts to address addiction at its roots and foster healthier, stronger communities," said Connie Mendel, interim chief health strategist and director of the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness. “There is still so much more work to be done. Overcoming the far-reaching effects of the opioid epidemic can’t be done quickly. We have a long journey ahead of us but with diligence and dedication, we can make sustainable progress towards lasting change." 

These expenditures must be approved by Metro Council before funds can be awarded.

Louisville Metro is one of thousands of local governments across the nation receiving settlements from companies that manufactured and distributed opioid painkillers and helped fuel the opioid epidemic that has claimed hundreds of thousands of lives. Jefferson County is set to receive more than $57 million in direct payments. Payments began in 2022 and will be received during the 18-year lifetime of the settlement.

The city received a payment of $7.2 million for years one and two. On July 13, Mayor Greenberg announced proposals for awarding the first approximately $2 million to focus on saving lives. On August 10, 2023, Louisville Metro Council approved those proposals.

For more information about Louisville’s opioid settlement and the Opioid Settlement Advisory Board and its work, click here.

Public Safety Telecommunicators Week 

Earlier this week, the Mayor announced he officially proclaimed April 14-20, 2024 as Public Safety Telecommunicators Week in honor of the women and men of MetroSafe 911 who answer emergency calls, dispatch emergency professionals and equipment and render life-saving assistance to Louisville residents and visitors. Today during his weekly update, he recognized these Louisville heroes and presented a proclamation to Emily David, a team member who was on dispatch during the Old National Bank Shooting on April 10, 2023. 

“We know emergencies that require police, fire or emergency medical services can happen at any time and our public safety telecommunicators are always ready to be that vital link between residents and first responders,” said Mayor Greenberg. “From Call Takers to Dispatchers, each and every telecommunicator in MetroSafe contributes greatly to making Louisville a safer, stronger and healthier city and it is my great honor to recognize these heroes, like Emily, for their lifesaving work.” 

To read more on Public Safety Telecommunicators Week, click here

Louisvillians Doing Good 

As part of his weekly press conference, Mayor Greenberg celebrates Louisvillians who are making a difference throughout the city. This week, the Mayor recognized Leigh Ann Yost of ChooseWell Communities for her work to help more people recover from addiction and substance abuse and the host of this week’s press conference. 

“To create a safer and healthier Louisville for everyone, we must address addiction and offer support to families affected. Thankfully, we have great partners like Leigh Ann and her team at ChooseWell Communities who see through this important work every day,” said the Mayor. “Leigh Ann, you are helping people in extraordinary ways and I am proud to present you with a Distinguished Citizen Proclamation. Thank you for helping people move in a new direction, toward a brighter future where they can thrive.” 

For more on ChooseWell Communities, click here.

 

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