Governor, First Lady launch ‘Reworking Kentucky’

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – Governor Steve Beshear and First Lady Jane Beshear have launched “Reworking Kentucky,” a new component of the chronic substance abuse and addiction program “Recovery Kentucky.”

Recovery Kentucky helps Kentuckians overcome chronic substance abuse and addiction, and move toward a life of sobriety and productivity. It provides supportive housing, a stable place to live and a support system to help men and women recovering from substance abuse and addiction through Recovery Kentucky Centers across the state.  Reworking Kentucky expands assistance and support to these individuals who are exiting a Recovery Kentucky program by helping them obtain an entry-level, workplace-ready assessment from a local Kentucky Career Center and to secure employment with a participating partner company.

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Under Reworking Kentucky, Kentucky Career Center staff will work with individuals to develop a plan for employment including any individualized supports needed and will regularly discuss progress with the individual, making adjustments to the plan where necessary.  The individual will also be provided guidance and counseling concerning the implications of their disabilities (substance abuse and any co-existing disabilities) on their ability to search for, obtain and maintain employment.

After graduation from Recovery Kentucky, individuals will work with staff members to identify possible employment and training options for the individual with participating employers and training programs.

Participating statewide and local employer partners will ensure the availability of employment opportunities for participants regardless of home location. The individual will still complete an interview, attend an orientation and complete the normal hiring process within the company as appropriate.

The Kentucky Career Center staff will be a resource for the individual throughout the assessment and employment process, and will work with a designated human resources manager/coach within the company to follow up on progress.