Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet representatives address Budget Review Subcommittee on Justice and Judiciary

WEKU | By Stan Ingold State lawmakers heard from representatives from the Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet on Wednesday. They were discussing substance use treatment programs with the Budget Review Subcommittee on Justice and Judiciary. Van Ingram is the director of the office drug control policy. He said his budget included a general fund of…

‘Everybody knew about it’: Internal documents expose warnings at youth detention facility

WYMT | Natalia Martinez ADAIR COUNTY, Ky. (WAVE) – From a corrections officer admitting to kissing an underage girl in one state facility, to kids punished with pepper spray in another. Those are some of the incidents described in internal reports from Kentucky’s Department of Juvenile Justice obtained through open record requests. “It’s truly been…

Ky. opioid abatement commission considers psychedelic treatment for opioid addiction

Louisville Public Media | By Sylvia Goodman The Kentucky Opioid Abatement Advisory Commission heard from more than a dozen people about their personal and professional experiences with ibogaine, an experimental psychedelic treatment for opioid addiction. The state panel will decide in the next few months whether to invest $42 million of Kentucky’s nearly $900 million in…

Freestanding birth centers touted to Kentucky lawmakers studying certificate of need law

BY: SARAH LADD Kentucky legislators once again heard arguments in favor of removing the state’s certificate of need requirements for freestanding birth centers during a Monday task force meeting. The certificate of need requirement mandates regulatory mechanisms for approving major capital expenditures and projects for certain health care facilities, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Sometimes called the “competitor’s veto,” certificate of…