The Kentucky Agency for Substance Abuse Policy (KY-ASAP) was created in 2000 to develop a strategic plan to reduce the prevalence of alcohol, tobacco and other drug use among youth and adult populations in Kentucky and coordinate efforts among state and local agencies in the area of substance abuse prevention. Housed within the KY Office of Drug Control Policy, KY-ASAP embraces and incorporates the philosophy of ODCP to involve the three-pronged approach of prevention, treatment and law enforcement. During State Fiscal Year 2012, $1,740,200.00 was awarded to 73 KY-ASAP Local Boards as annual funding. A key concept of KY-ASAP is policy change.
The Kentucky ASAP – Northern Kentucky Board received a Drug Free Communities Grant (DFC) in 2011 to create a regional coalition to address alcohol and other drug use. This grant award is for $125,000 for 5 years with the possibility of continuation for 5 more. With the current epidemic in heroin use, the plan has been revised to assist in the facilitation of the recommendations listed within the NKY Heroin Impact Response strategic plan. One purpose of this grant is to assist other communities in the Northern Kentucky Area Development District to receive a DFC grant for their service region. Currently, a DFC grant is operating at the regional level, and also in two of the counties (Carroll and Kenton). Three communities (Campbell, Owen, and Boone Counties) will apply for a DFC grant in 2014.
Link to the KY Office of Drug Control Policy, KY Agency for Substance Abuse Policy, http://odcp.ky.gov/kyasap.htm.