Innovation. Partnership. Transformation.
WHO WE ARE
The Fletcher Group exists to help those experiencing addiction and homelessness rebuild lives of dignity and fulfillment.
WHAT WE DO
Through partnerships with a variety of public and private entities, our unique “Recovery Ecosystem” business model helps you build recovery housing that provides those in need with a full and effective continuum of care.
Developed under the leadership of Governor Fletcher and Don Ball, the Recovery Kentucky model has already helped thousands of people rebuild their lives while saving millions of taxpayer dollars.
In The Beginning
The roots of the Fletcher Group go back over two decades to the construction in Lexington, Kentucky of a novel shelter for homeless women that philanthropists Don and Mira Ball called “Hope Center.”
The effectiveness of the center in helping those experiencing homelessness and addiction later came to the attention of newly elected Kentucky Governor Ernie Fletcher. Having previously served three terms in the United States House of Representatives, Fletcher was familiar with the ways of both federal and state government. Turning his attention to Kentucky’s disadvantaged, he realized the value not only of what the Balls had done, but what they had learned.
In 2004, Governor Fletcher appointed Don Ball as Chairman of the Kentucky Housing Corporation and within a year their “Recovery Kentucky” initiative had acquired the partners and resources needed to construct the state’s first Recovery Center. There would be 17 more centers to come, each applying the innovative “Team Approach” developed by Ernie, Don and Mira by which a variety of private and public entities partnered together to reduce recidivism and rebuild lives.
Fletcher’s tenure as governor would eventually come to an end, but not his desire to help the disadvantaged. The Balls felt the same way and in 2017 invited Ernie to lead a national effort to extend to other states the successful model they had built together in Kentucky.
The Fletcher Group—a not-for-profit entity chaired by Ernie and Glenna Fletcher—was incorporated in 2017 with the Don Ball Recovery Center of Excellence housed within it.
Dramatically Positive Outcomes
It’s All About Partnership
The advantages of partnership are obvious: When you leverage, coordinate and optimize every effective resource—private, public or faith-based—and apply them in a central location that addresses all underlying systemic issues, you end up with the kind of “Recovery Ecosystem” that actually works.
Instead of bouncing from shelter to emergency room to jail and back, clients can be guided, treated, and sheltered in one optimally designed location.
The Numbers Don’t Lie
The cost savings are obvious, too: Repeated emergency room visits alone can incur exorbitant costs. Why not reroute that money—as well as the judicial system costs from repeated arrests and incarcerations—to facilities that address and solve the problem at its root level so that clients can reclaim their natural abilities, ambition, autonomy, and dignity.
A “Bright Spot” In The Darkness
In a world of efforts well-intentioned but often ineffective, The Fletcher Group stands out. The “Recovery Kentucky” model upon which our “Recovery Ecosystems” are based was called a “bright spot” by the Louisville Courier-Journal following the paper’s two-year investigation of the state’s prescription drug abuse epidemic.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell noted, in announcing a recent $1.68 million POWER grant awarded to the Fletcher Group: “The compounding problems of unemployment and the opioid and substance abuse epidemic have seriously damaged Kentucky communities, but organizations like the Fletcher Group and the Don Ball Foundation are developing new strategies to fight back.”
McConnell said he was “proud to support this
application for competitive federal grant resources to help open new recovery
centers which will also focus on education and workforce training opportunities.”
In a nod to the Fletcher Group’s “Recovery Ecosystem” model, McConnell added, “We know that wrap-around services—including stable employment, reliable housing, and treatment programs—boost an individual’s chances of long-term sobriety.”
Fighter pilot, board-certified physician, statesman, and healthcare visionary, Ernie Fletcher was elected in 1998 to the first of three consecutive terms in the United States House of Representatives. In 2003 he was elected the 60th Governor of Kentucky. As Founder of the Fletcher Group, Ernie continues a legacy of innovative public service that promises to extend the company's unique model of "Recovery Ecosystems" to states across the country.
From her early practice as a Register Nurse to her position as Kentucky’s First Lady, Glenna has always been driven by a passion to help others. Untiring in her concern for the health and safety of children, she championed the “Get Healthy KY!” program, guided the “Keep Children Alcohol Free” Foundation, and led the establishment of the “Read To Achieve” program at over 150 elementary schools. At the Fletcher Group, she divides her time between operational management and strategic initiatives.
DAVE JOHNSON, MSW, ACSW
Dave has over 35 years of experience leading program development with a specific focus on holistic service models that address physical health, mental health, substance abuse, and social determinants of health. His successful grant writing experiences include being awarded over $7 million in funding from Federal and State Agencies and Private Foundations.
Director Project Management
Grant is Director of Project Management, a role in which his unique blend of experience in public policy, real estate finance, and economic development facilitate the building of cost-effective Recovery Ecosystems. Grant is devoted to finding solutions, creating employment, and advancing innovation in the treatment of substance-abuse disorders. He holds a master’s degree in Urban Planning with a concentration in Real Estate Development from Harvard University.
Director of Employment Services
Twenty-five years as a Registered Nurse have given Lori a keen understanding of healthcare’s diverse population base. In the five years before joining the Fletcher Group, Lorie devoted herself to creating second-chance career opportunities for the most vulnerable by developing and teaching AOKY/GED+ (Accelerating Opportunity Kentucky/General Educational Development) programs at Ashland Community and Technical College in Kentucky. Her ability to reduce barriers and bridge gaps in education plays a key role in the Fletcher Group’s promotion of recovery through the kind of meaningful employment that rebuilds lives, restores families, and revitalizes local communities.
Director of Faith-Based Initiatives
After 22 years as an Air Traffic Control Officer in the Air Force, Danny served on numerous airborne drug interdiction missions in and out of South America. Increasingly frustrated by the inability to prevent drugs from flowing into the United States, Danny became convinced that the only way to combat the nation’s growing drug epidemic was to address demand. Today, through his efforts with Celebrate Recovery, a Christ-centered recovery program, and his work with local halfway houses, Danny works to improve the mental health treatments and community support needed to combat addiction and rebuild lives.
Debby is a graduate of Western Kentucky University and has resided in Lexington, Kentucky most of her adult life. For the past 19 years she served as Don Ball’s assistant until his passing in 2018. Together with Governor Ernie Fletcher, Don Ball spearheaded the Recovery Kentucky program throughout the state of Kentucky. Debby feels fortunate to have assisted in such a noble effort. In her current position as Administrative Assistant with the Fletcher Group, Debby is pleased to help realize the grand vision of her former employer by expanding the Recovery Hope model to other states across the nation.
JOHN D. REES
Criminal Justice Specialist
John is the Fletcher Group’s SME (Subject Matter Expert) regarding criminal justice and treatment and recovery options. His experience is vast. As Kentucky’s Commissioner of Corrections he worked with recovery centers to provide alternatives to incarceration for misdemeanor and Class D felony offenders. He has held leadership positions with the Department of Corrections in Florida, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Tennessee and has served as a Facility Administrator in Texas, Louisiana, and Kentucky. At the Corrections Corporation of America, he served as Vice President of Business Development, overseeing governmental affairs on the state and federal level. John has published several articles related to the criminal justice system such as Establishing Partnerships Between Correctional Agencies and University Researchers to Enhance Substance Abuse Treatment Initiatives and is the author of the book, My Life: John D. Rees's Four Decade Career in Corrections. His expertise, experience, and networking abilities play a key role in the Fletcher Group’s ability to offer alternative paths to those with drug-related crimes so that they can find the treatment they need to recover.
SARAH ADKINS, BS, MS, LCADC
Sarah Adkins holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice, a Master of Science Degree in Corrections and Juvenile Justice Studies, and is a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor. She has served as a Classification and Treatment Officer at the Green River Correctional Complex in Central City, Kentucky and as a Substance Abuse Counselor, Probation Officer, and Social Services Program Consultant with the Georgia Department of Corrections. More recently, she served as Director of the Owensboro Regional Recovery Center, a 100-bed substance abuse facility within the Recovery Kentucky network. In addition to her work for the Fletcher Group, she serves as Chairperson of “The Alliance For A Drug-Free Owensboro and Daviess County” and Secretary/Treasurer of “Daviess County Treatment Providers.” In 2015, Sarah received the Lighthouse Recovery Beacon Award for her contributions to substance abuse recovery and advocacy.
JENNIFER MILES, Ph.D.
Director of Research/Program Evaluation
Dr. Miles brings to the Fletcher Group a wealth of experience in researching and evaluating intervention and treatment outcomes for individuals with Substance Use Disorders. A doctoral graduate of Brandeis University, Jennifer has worked extensively with recovery support services and treatment systems, the creation of chronic care models for treating alcohol and other drug use disorders, and the development of payment innovations to fund substance use treatments. Jennifer’s most recent policy brief, titled "MAT-Capable Recovery Residences: How State Policymakers Can Enhance and Expand Capacity To Adequately Support Medication-Assisted Recovery," has helped increase awareness among state policymakers regarding the challenges and barriers to providing Medication-Assisted Treatments to recovery housing residents.
Senior Practice Consultant/Coordinator
A Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and lifelong Kentuckian, Jill earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond and her Masters of Education in Counseling at Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia. Dedicated to serving others, she has worked for several non-profits as a Mental Health Therapist specializing in trauma, children and families and as an Administrator focusing on program development and implementation, integrated care, and strategic planning.
Outreach and Engagement Specialist
A healthcare systems expert, Milena has held numerous titles within the industry, including Chief of Strategy, Chief of Transformation and Innovation, and Director of Healthcare Integration. She currently serves as an Adjunct Faculty at the University of Washington's School of Social Work where she teaches advanced practices regarding policy and reform. She is also an integrated care consultant and supports work at regional accountable communities of health, all of which promise to serve her well as an Outreach and Engagement Specialist for the new Fletcher Group Recovery Center of Excellence.
Trained as a journalist, Richard has served as writer, editor, and communications specialist for numerous Fortune 1000 companies. At the Fletcher Group he oversees all messaging, marketing, and communication efforts, including the design of the company’s new website and the creation of the distance learning and staff training materials that will become increasingly important as the company expands its unique business model throughout the United States.
Chief Financial Officer and Secretary-Treasurer Ball Homes, LLC
Known for her contributions to philanthropy, human development, and education, the Honorary Chairman of the Fletcher Group’s National Advisory Board has served as the first woman president of the Lexington Chamber of Commerce, the first woman ever elected to the Kentucky Utilities Board of Directors, and the first woman to serve as chair of the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees.
CHAIRMAN/PRESIDENT/CEO OF CENTRAL BANCSHARES, INC. AND CENTRAL BANK & TRUST CO., LEXINGTON, KY
In addition to contributing to numerous civic and community organizations, Luther serves on numerous Boards of Directors including the Lexington Chamber of Commerce, the Kentucky Bankers Association, the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, the Kentucky State Police Foundation, the Judicial Compensation Commission, Transylvania University, the University of Kentucky Gatton College of Business and Economics, and the U. Hospital Board.
Former Governor of Wisconsin, Former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Resources
The former governor of Wisconsin and former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services brings to the table an abundance of experience in management, governance, and healthcare policy plus a keen understanding of social determinants. His contributions include the welfare reform that became the national model during the Clinton Presidency.
NARR President and Co-Founder
Under Sheridan's leadership, the National Alliance of Recovery Residencies has proven adept at providing Technical Assistance and statewide recovery housing certifications. Sheridan has been active in the recovery field for over 15 years and has served on numerous recovery housing boards. In addition to helping develop oversight and legislation of recovery housing, he is also a nationally known speaker and writer on addiction recovery.
University of Kentucky Associate Professor and KIPRC Director
As Director of the Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center, Dr. Bunn oversees the eight-year collection and analysis of outcome data for all 18 Recovery Kentucky housing centers. An Associate Professor with over 17 years experience as an injury epidemiologist, she has published over 60 peer-reviewed publications on a wide range of subjects including the prevention of drug intoxication. Her surveillance of drug overdose fatalities and community interventions has resulted in the FindHelpNowKY.org website where those suffering from Substance Use Disorder can quickly find treatment.
Executive Director, Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO)
As Executive Director of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), Fraser has developed considerable expertise in mobilizing communities to address major public health issues, including the opioid epidemic.
Hopa Mountain Founder and Director
As founder and leader of the Hopa Mountain nonprofit based in Bozeman, Montana, Sachatello-Sawyer directs the efforts of an organization renowned for its work with Native Americans.
Kentucky Director of USDA Rural Development
The Director of USDA Rural Development in Kentucky is dedicated to expanding broadband, telehealth, and distance learning to benefit rural Kentuckians. She also works with the USDA to repurpose surplus rural USDA properties for use in recovery housing.
Former Vice President of the Corporation for Supportive Housing
As the former Vice President of the Corporation for Supportive Housing, Hunter directed the development of major supportive housing facilities throughout the west, including over 3,000 housing units in Los Angeles. Currently working with LaSar Consulting, Mr. Hunter has a direct personal understanding of the pathways of recovery and developed a national survey on state efforts to build recovery housing.
Martin J. Vincent
Senior Advisor, CDC Policy Development Division
Dr. Vincent advises the Fletcher Group in a personal capacity apart from his duties with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As Senior Advisor to the CDC’s Office of the Associate Director for Policy and Strategy, he currently works closely with the Office of the U.S. Surgeon General to develop a soon-to-be published report on community health and economic prosperity.
Kentucky Commissioner of Public Health
The Kentucky Commissioner of Public Health has a personal passion for helping the least vulnerable, having grown up in a rural Kentucky family devastated by SUDs.
Managing Director of Third Horizon Strategies
Williams is Co-Creator of Facing Addiction, an alliance with healthcare industry leaders dedicated to solving the addiction crisis. He has won awards for making feature length documentaries such as “The Anonymous People” and “Generation Found.” As a person in long-term recovery from addiction, he has dedicated his life to creating positive changes for the over 20 million Americans still struggling with addiction.
Recovery Kentucky Advisors
Wabuck Development Co. Inc., Leitchfield, KY
CADC, VP Recovery Services, Women’s Addiction Recovery Manor, Henderson, KY; Men’s Addiction Recovery Campus, Bowling Green, KY
Executive Director, Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy
Executive Director, Hope Center, Lexington, KY
Executive Director, Lexington-Fayette Urban County Housing Authority
Chrysalis House, Board of Directors, Lexington, KY
Gill Heart and Vascular Institute Director’s Council, Lexington, KY
Chairman & CEO, Global Impact International, Inc., Rome, GA