CLAY COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — The organization Volunteers of America was joined by Gov. -Elect Andy Beshear and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Monday for a ribbon-cutting and dedication for The Recovery Community Center in Manchester.
The Recovery Community Center is one of four facilities in Kentucky that offers a safe place for people in addiction recovery. The center will offer meetings and other events to bring people together.
At the event, McConnell said he has pushed to get federal funding to fight the opioid epidemic in Kentucky.
"What I’ve done is to dig in and I think the results are pretty good, $240 million in federal funding for Kentucky’s fight against opioid and substance abuse. You can only appropriate so much money, and there are 535 people clambering for the same thing," said McConnell.
The senator congratulated Beshear on a close gubernatorial race.
Beshear told the audience he plans to put aside politics in order to save lives that would be lost to drug addiction.
"So many of the challenges in front of us, what truly afflict our families, they’re not partisan at all. They’re often deadly, they’re often difficult. And they take us all being able to work together to do more to talk to our neighbors to be able to come together," said Beshear.
A Freedom House will open in Clay County soon to help mothers in recovery raise healthy babies.