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LouisvilleKY-based WellCare Donates $100,000 to Support Addiction Treatment for New and Expectant Mothers in Kentucky

LOUISVILLE, Ky. and TAMPA, Fla., April 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — WellCare of Kentucky, a WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE: WCG) company, and the WellCare Community Foundation donated $100,000 to Volunteers of America Mid-States, Inc. (VOA) to open a new residential addiction treatment program in Manchester, Kentucky for new and expectant mothers. Robert Stivers, Kentucky’s state Senate president; Ben Orris, WellCare of Kentucky’s chief operating officer; and Jennifer Hancock, VOA’s president and CEO, announced the donation at the Clay County Fiscal Court in Manchester today. VOA, which operates several treatment facilities across the commonwealth, identified a need for residential treatment for women in eastern Kentucky as there were no options for new and expectant mothers within an hour’s drive of Clay County. Kentucky Sees…


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LouisvilleKy-based WellCare of Kentucky and Kentucky CASA Network Partner to Help Foster Children Touched by Opioid Crisis

Task Force Begins Meeting This Month in Advance of National Drug Endangered Children Awareness Day LOUISVILLE, Ky. and TAMPA, Fla.,/PRNewswire/ — WellCare of Kentucky, a WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE: WCG) company, and the Kentucky CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) Network are teaming up to help children in foster care who have felt the impact of opioid addiction. “We know opioid use is one of the key factors driving children into foster care,” said Leann Magre, senior manager for foster care and adult guardianship for WellCare of Kentucky. “Right now, the number of children in foster care is the highest it has ever been.” On March 5,…


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LouisvilleKY LEAD program aims to divert opioid addicted individuals away from jail and into treatment

Louisville, KY., – Mayor Greg Fischer joined partners from across public and private sectors to announce the development of Kentucky’s first Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion program, known as LEAD, to divert opioid addicted people from jails in favor of case management and treatment. The LEAD program, which was first launched in Seattle in 2011, is an innovative pre-booking, community-based program focused on routing individuals suspected of committing low-level drug-related offenses away from jail and prosecution into treatment. The Mayor announced the city has been awarded a $400,000 federal grant to fund a pilot project, serving 50 qualifying individuals who come…


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LouisvilleKY Metro joining in Urban League Forum on Opioid Crisis Monday

Louisville, KY., – The Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness will take part in a public forum tonight about the community’s response to the national opioid crisis.  The free event, which is sponsored by the Louisville Urban League, will be held at the organization’s headquarters at 1535 W Broadway from 6 to 7:30 p.m. tonight. Public Health’s Wayne Crabtree will outline the goals and progress thus far of Louisville’s two-year action plan to address substance use disorder, Coming Together for  Hope, Healing and Recovery, which Mayor Greg Fischer unveiled in March. The plan is the product of a community-wide effort that included people…