Parents of Addicted Loved Ones

Substance abuse is a family disease – it impacts not only the individual struggling with addiction but everyone around them.  When someone you love is struggling with substance abuse, it is important to find support.  PAL Lexington is a support group that meets every Monday at the Voices of Hope Office.  They are here to remind you that you are not alone.Parents of Addicted Loved ones provides hope and support through addiction education for parents dealing with an addicted loved one(1)_1.jpg

Community Action Council: Empowerment Resource Fair

Join the Community Action Council for an Empowerment Resource Fair on Tuesday June 4, 2019 from 2PM to 6PM at 913 Georgetown Street, Lexington, KYResources available will include jobs, clothing, health, housing, youth services, and finance.  Free food and activities are also included!

The mission of the Community Action Council is to “prevent, reduce, and eliminate poverty among individuals, families, and communities through direct services and advocacy.” They believe that the individuals effected by poverty must be active participants in the solutions to poverty and they seek to empower community members to find those solutions. Their core service areas include Lexington-Fayette County, Bourbon County, Harrison County, and Nicholas County.  

Empowerment Resource Fair

The Blameless Children

Join Andrew Hager Live on Saturday June 8 at Journey Church in Versailles for an event honoring the countless innocent children affected by addiction.  Listen as local children affected by the opioid crisis share their testimony.  And offer your support to those with no voice who are often left behind.  The event will last from 12PM – 5PM


Follow Andrew Hager Live on Facebook and visit their website.

April 2019 Board Meeting

Date: April 16, 2019

During this meeting, members broke into groups and discussed next steps.  I have included a brief summary of each group’s work below.

Youth Subcommittee

  • Working to develop itemized budget for Youth Summit
  • Transportation was a major expense last year – looking into options for transportation this year
  • Plan to meet with T.C. Johnson to go over Youth Summit plans
  • Plans to revamp resource fair (this did not work well last year)
  • Plans to survey students before and after event
  • Targets of Youth Summit include: mental health, coping mechanisms, suicide prevention, drug use prevention

Strategic Planning

  • Develop speakers bureau to send out in order to satisfy requests for substance use education in community
    • Need to include money in the budget to pay for speakers
  • Include funding for fentanyl test strips
  • Job fairs/ training/employment

Stigma Reduction

  • Develop business cards for needle exchange (hours/location, what to do if you see an OD)
  • Fund overdose prevention event
  • Workplace training for second change employment
  • Develop survey to address community hesitance/stigma around NEP

Marketing & Awareness

  • Bailey is working on design of brochures, shirts, business cards, and pens
  • We need photos – if anyone has any please send them to me!
  • Upcoming events we plan to attend:
    • Police Picnic – May 18
    • Public Safety Day – June 12
  • Ideas for future events:
    • Lexington Legends
    • Goal to attend at least 1 event each month
  • Plans for next FY budget:
    • Boosting FB posts: $200
    • Sponsorships/paid booths: $500
    • Promotional Materials: $1000
    • (brochure holders, website domain, etc.): $300
  • Consider student intern to help manage social media, attend events, and take photos.


  • Members of this committee were unable to attend the April meeting.

February 2019 Board Meeting

February 26, 2019

Lexington-Fayette County Health Department, Rice C. Leach Community Room

Attendance: 26


  • Promote local actors/the arts
  • Present the “I Come From” plays in prisons in Liberty, KY
  • Soni Cantrell-Smith and Margo Buchanan – writers of “The Last Call” musical coming to Lexington in September 2019
  • Resources will be available after productions for those seeking help
  • $15/ticker or pay what you can
  • 12 character – all local



  • Upcoming meeting to discuss grant money for evidence-based programs in 18 counties, overdose prevention, incarcerated individuals, and needle exchange


  • Marketing/Awareness: reviewing bylaws.  Need more exposure for DFL. Considering purchase of promotional items: shirts, pens, bumper stickers
  • Stigma Reduction: Needle Exchange is target. Why are folks that need exchange not coming?
  • Membership: Get the right people at the table.  Need specific representatives from certain places on the committee.
  • Strategic Planning: Will submit next plan in June. How will we spend our money?
  • Youth: Want to get the new youth worker at Bluegrass on board with committee. Have been discussing this year’s youth summit. How will we get the youth more involved?


We have funding available that must be assigned.  Suggested to use some funding for “The Last Call” musical “Director’s Chair” Sponsorship. Recommended by board to ask for full page ad.  Unanimous vote of “Yes.”

DrugFreeLex January Meeting Minutes

Full Board Meeting Minutes

January 15, 2019

At the January meeting, the Board welcomed guest speaker Shawn Freeman from the Prevention Department at  Shawn spoke to the group about her prevention staff, the prevention service area, and the type of work done in her department.  See below for a brief summary of her presentation:

  • Service areas: 17 KY counties
  • The Prevention Team assists coalitions (and ASAP boards) and communities with drug prevention
  • Target: Youth
  • Looking at individual environment and shared environments of clients
  • The Prevention Team oversees the KIP survey (Fayette County did not participate this year)
  • Grants that fund the Prevention Team: 10
  • Funding sources: SAMHSA, CSAP, CADCA, ONDCP/KY-ODCP
  • “Too Good for Drugs”: K-12, developmentally appropriate prevention curriculum
  • “Sources of Strength”: Suicide prevention, peer driven

Following the discussion with Shawn, the board broke into subcommittees to begin work.  A brief summary of the topics covered by each committee is listed below.  Updates about the committees’ progress will be shared at the next meeting in February.

  • Membership: evaluate current membership and identify gaps
  • Strategic Planning: creating a 3-5 year plan for DrugFreeLex
  • Marketing/Awareness: improve the presence of DFL in the community
  • Youth: reach out to the youth in our community
  • Stigma Reduction: primarily focusing on reducing stigma around the Needle Exchange Program

The next meeting will be held on February 26 from 8:30 to 10:00 AM at the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department.