Angel Initiative program aiming to help those with addiction
FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – Those seeking help for addiction have another resource to turn to – Kentucky State Police.
On Thursday, Governor Matt Bevin and Kentucky State Police announced the launch of the Angel Initiative.
Under the program, those seeking addiction treatment can visit a KSP post, where he or she will be paired with a local officer who will assist with finding a treatment program.
According to the organizers, the program is completely voluntary, and the person seeking treatment will not be arrested or charged with any violations if he or she agrees to participate in treatment.
The program will be operated in conjunction with Governor Bevin’s “Don’t Let Them Die” campaign, which is aimed at raising awareness of the opioid epidemic and offering treatment resources to fight addiction.
Lethal overdoses claimed more than 1,400 lives in Kentucky in 2016, a 7.4 percent increase from the prior year.
Bevin says the geographic locations of the 16 Kentucky State Police posts will allow easier access for those across the state who are seeking help.
In 2017, KSP posts in Pikeville and Richmond served as pilot projects for the Angel Initiative.
Local KSP captains in those areas built partnerships with treatment and medical programs, faith-based initiatives and federal, state and local law enforcement.