As the Recovery Ready Communities legislation saw final passage on Friday following overwhelming support in both the House and Senate, a letter was sent to Governor Andy Beshear emphasizing the importance of the policy to ensure Kentuckians struggling with substance use disorder are supported in their communities becomes law.
House Bill 7 brings together local leaders from business, recovery, education, local government, health care and other sectors that will determine appropriate and meaningful “Recovery Ready” standards for the Commonwealth’s communities.
A group including the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, Kentucky League of Cities, Kentucky Association of Counties, Kentucky School Boards Association, Volunteers of America Mid States, Operation Unite, and Addiction Recovery Care, encouraged Gov. Beshear’s support for the legislation that focuses on the critical needs of an individual having a job, housing, transportation, and access to other resources important to staying in recovery.
“Kentucky is currently losing the battle against substance use disorder as overdose deaths are up over 20 percent and substance use is tearing Kentucky families apart and costing the state in many ways,” the group said. “This policy will help heal our communities and provide support for those who need it most.”
House Bill 7 was sent to the governor and currently awaits his signature.