Pennyroyal earns grant to add more services

Embry

A grant from the Kentucky Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities will help give birth to a project in Princeton that would offer a residential recovery home for those struggling with serious substance abuse issues.

Pennyroyal Center was recently awarded $300,000 from the department to expand treatment and recovery services to people with opioid use disorders. Pennyroyal CEO Eric Embry said the Princeton project is part of a broader goal for the money.

"During the application process, we had identified two housing properties we currently own that originally were utilized as staffed residences for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities," said Embry, identifying one of those as being in Princeton. "The building is currently not being utilized and needs to be renovated. Our goal is to renovate the property and utilize it for this project."

The Pennyroyal Center is a non-profit, community mental health center that provides person-centered services in behavioral health, substance use and developmental and intellectual disabilities for Caldwell, Lyon, Christian, Crittenden, Hopkins, Muhlenberg, Todd and Trigg counties.

"We have continued to hear from our community that housing options are limited for the individuals that we serve, specifically individuals transitioning from substance use treatment facilities and trying to get back on their feet," the CEO said. "This award aids the Pennyroyal Center in addressing this regional issue."

Ashley Boze, Pennyroyal Center director of substance use services, said the program will provide stability and support for clients.

"There are numerous factors that contribute to housing barriers for individuals in early recovery," she said. "Housing is not the only provision of the program. (It) will also include case management, employment coaching and assistance, connection to community resources as well as connection to the recovery community."