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Kentucky recovery-to-work projects awarded nearly $1.5M

November 17, 2021 GMT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Appalachian Regional Commission has awarded $1,560,976 in federal funds to five Kentucky projects that aim to address Appalachia’s substance abuse crisis through recovery-to-work programs, Gov. Andy Beshear said.

The grants announced Tuesday are part of an ARC initiative that focuses on funding efforts that help create recovery-friendly work environments and provide supports to those in recovery and their employers. The projects can also include job training.

Since April 2021, ARC has invested $14.9 million in 47 related projects. A request for proposals for a third round of awards will be be announced in the coming weeks.