$6.6 Million Grant Extends Model Nationwide

Founder Ernie Fletcher

The Fletcher Group has been awarded a $6.6 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). As part of the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (RCORP), the grant will support evidence-based efforts to prevent and treat Substance Use Disorders (SUDs) in rural communities.

“We’re extremely honored,” said Fletcher Group Founder Ernie Fletcher. “This grant provides the resources to expand the full spectrum of evidenced-based Recovery Housing, including the highly successful Recovery Kentucky model, all across rural America.”

Founder Ernie Fletcher

Recovery Kentucky was founded in 2004 by Don Ball and then Kentucky Governor Ernie Fletcher and is well-known for helping thousands of Kentuckians rebuild their lives while saving millions of taxpayer dollars.

Fletcher Group CEO Dave Johnson said the funds will help establish a Recovery Center of Excellence (RCOE) from which technical assistance can be shared with communities and organizations fighting the opioid epidemic.

“The Don Ball Rural Center of Excellence for Recovery Housing,” said Johnson, “will help communities and organizations develop Recovery Housing for high-risk individuals including the homeless and those with SUDs involved in the criminal justice system.”

CEO Dave Johnson

The Fletcher Group’s RCOE will have a national reach, serving over 100 counties and 2.6 million people in eight states including Kentucky, Georgia, West Virginia, Ohio, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington.