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Substance abuse program gets $67,800 federal grant

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By Laura Clark

Some federal stimulus money has found its way to Shelby County through a one-time grant of $67,800 that was awarded to the Shelby County Substance Abuse Treatment Program.

SAT was presented the 2009 ARRA Justice Assistance Grant by Gov. Steve Beshear during a presentation in Frankfort on Wednesday.

The funds must be used within one year.

"The majority of the grant money will go to paying for scholarships for patients to receive treatment through the program," said Fran Neal, chairperson of SAT, a non-profit group that was founded about two years ago. Last year, SAT operated under a $25,000 grant from the Shelby County Community Fundraisers.

This JAG grant was part of a nearly $15 million made available by the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act, which seeks to maintain jobs and quality of life by investing in education, health care and public safety.

SAT was formed because there's a great need for substance abuse treatment in the area, Neal said. The program served 31 families last year, many who were referred to them through district court.

This 18-week program is implemented by Creative Spirits at 612 Main Street as part of a contract with SAT. It involves drug and alcohol education and treatment, both to the patient and family members. It also introduces them to outside support groups.

The doubling of operating funds will allow SAT. to treat more families.

"We're real excited about the program because to receive intensive outreach treatment most people have to go to Louisville," Neal said. "We hope we can continue to operate and offer this type of healing within our community."