State launches new aftercare program for inmates in recovery


BURGIN, Ky. (WTVQ) – The state announced on Tuesday it is launching the first ever aftercare program within a Kentucky prison.

The program, known as SOAR (Supporting Others in Active Recovery), focuses on relapse prevention, education, and reentry skills, according to the state Department of Corrections.

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With a commitment to sober living, participants live together in a single dormitory located at Northpoint Training Center, a medium-custody prison in central Kentucky.

The Department of Corrections says the goal is to provide a steady continuation of care as inmates complete their sentences along with other programs and curriculum.

The program is currently available for up to 88 participants and takes a minimum of six months to complete.

It is funded in part by a $300,000 grant from the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy, which will pay for several positions within the prison.