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The Fletcher Group is a 501c3 not-for-profit founded in 2017.
We provide Technical Assistance to rural communities whose efforts to help those with opioid and other substance use disorders can benefit significantly from safe, sustainable Recovery Housing and other Best Practice services.
The Fletcher Group was founded by Ernie and Glenna Fletcher. (For bios and photos, click  “Our Team.”)
Stockbridge, Georgia.
Our Outreach and Engagement Specialists are exploring partnership opportunities in nine different states: Kentucky, Georgia, North Carolina, West Virginia, Ohio, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana.
Our team includes nationally know Thought Leaders and Subject Matter Experts specializing in federal and state agency collaboration, community outreach, blended funding to cover both construction and operating costs, evidence-based treatments, social enterprise, outcome documentation, and diversion from corrections to recovery housing. (You can become acquainted with them by clicking “Our Team.”)
When Ernie Fletcher completed his term as Governor in 2007, State Housing Director Don Ball encouraged him to launch a company with the express purpose of extending nationwide the successful recovery model they had built together in Kentucky.
Before entering politics, Don Ball had built one of America’s most successful home-building companies. Devoted throughout his life to helping the disadvantaged, he provided the funds to launch the Fletcher Group. (Don Ball’s fascinating life story can be read by clicking “Don Ball Bio.”)
The Fletcher Group won three significant grants in 2019: a $1.6 million POWER grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission, a $250,000 KORE grant from the Kentucky Opioid Response Effort, and a $6.6 million Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) grant to create the Fletcher Group Rural Center of Excellence. The purpose of the RCOE is to extend our Recovery Housing model nationwide.
The POWER grant funds RHOAR (Resiliency, Hope, Opportunity And Resilience), a program that helps people recover from addiction and then find the meaningful employment needed to maintain abstinence. The KORE grant allows us to provide opioid screening and treatments for Kentucky medical clinics, community health centers, and private practices. The HRSA grant funds the Technical Assistance provided through our new Rural Center of Excellence to communities that need Recovery Housing and other Best-Practice services to combat the ravages of the opioid epidemic.
It comes directly from the “Recovery Kentucky” program built by Ernie Fletcher and Don Ball while Fletcher served as governor and Ball served as State Housing Director.
Very. Over the past 25 years, it’s helped thousands of Kentuckians recover from addiction and turn their lives around. The program’s success rates equal or exceed those found anywhere and its outcomes have been documented in detail for eight consecutive years by university researchers, providing an unmatched volume of high-quality data.
The Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center (KIPRC) at the University of Kentucky produces a detailed annual report each year. To read this year’s 124-page report, click on “2019 RCOS Annual Report.”
Yes. The program’s 18 Recovery Kentucky centers continue to provide safe housing and effective recovery services for up to 2,100 persons at any given time. The program is so popular that it has been fully supported by both Republican and Democratic administrations.

Six elements that can make or break recovery for those you serve:

Recovery Housing—Provides the essential environment for the full Continuum of Care essential to lasting recovery.

Debt-Free Funding—”Blended Funding” drawing on the financial and other resources of numerous existing public and private entities can achieve real financial sustainability.

Evidence-Based Treatment—We apply the latest Evidence-Based Best Practices to optimize your prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery efforts.

Peer-Driven Support—Having succeeded in their own journey to recovery, Peer Support Workers often excel at helping others travel the same path.

Meaningful Employment—It’s as important to a sense of fulfillment and dignity as it is to financial independence.

Documented Outcomes—The effectiveness of the Fletcher Group model is well documented. We can help you do the same to maintain financial and public support.

We can jump-start the major benefits described above by helping you navigate the complexities involved in collaborating with scores of different agencies and entities. We can not only enhance your performance but in many cases help you obtain the funds needed to build and sustain safe, effective Recovery Housing. We can also help you document your success in order to maintain public support and funding.
Unlike many facilities, residents are welcome to stay for up to two years. Should they relapse after departing, they are welcome back. This is important because relapse is not uncommon.
Not at all. Although the Fletcher Group model differs in some ways from the classic medical model, no treatment or service is ruled out as long as it is effective and appropriate.
On any given project, we may work with 30 or more stakeholding agencies, entities and individuals. On an institutional level, we enjoy close working relationships with the nation’s leading organizations working in this field. That includes the National Alliance of Recovery Residences (NARR), James Bell Associates (known for its work in evaluating client- and systems-level outcomes), the Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Prevention Center (KPIRC) at the University of Kentucky, Find Help Now Kentucky which is currently creating a national registry of high-quality recovery housing, The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) which represents 59 state and territorial health officials, the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), the Foundation for the Advancement of Health Education (FAHE), the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, the Pike County Recovery Council, Marshall University and the State of West Virginia, and HOPA Mountain, a nonprofit that works with tribal leaders to improve education, ecological health, and economic development in Montana.
Thanks to the HRSA grant, our recently formed Rural Center Of Excellence is working to assist rural communities in nine states. The grant lasts three years and gives us the opportunity to reproduce our model’s success in a variety of different locations. Success there could lead to our model’s further application throughout the United States, potentially launching a new era in safe, sustainable Recovery Housing.
Feel free to contact RCOE Administration Director Michelle Day at 606-657-4662 or mday@fletchergroup.org or fill out the Contact Form appearing in the Top Menu of this website.