DrugFreeLex Membership

DrugFreeLex relies on partnerships within the community to function. We are always interested in working with individuals and organizations to reach the common goal of reducing the impact of substance use in Lexington/Fayette County.  The board meets on the third Tuesday of every other month from 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM.Continue reading “DrugFreeLex Membership”

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 Bluegrass.org.  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.

A Conversation Regarding the Opioid Crisis and a Screening of Beautiful Boy

Please join our new Mayor Linda Gorton and Baptist Health Lexington President Bill Sisson for a conversation about combating the opioid crisis and a screening of the film Beautiful Boy.  The event will take place Wednesday, January 16, 2019 from 5:00-8:30 p.m. at the Kentucky Theatre located at 214 East Main Street.

Additional information regarding this important event can be found on the flyer below:

Combating Opioid Conversation and Beautiful Boy Screening.jpg

Also check out this Ted Talk:

DrugFreeLex December Meeting Minutes

Full Board Meeting Minutes

December 4, 2018

Budget Review

Copies of the 2019 budget were distributed and reviewed line by line.  Members who would like a copy of the budget should contact the board coordinator.


Five subcommittees were formed: 1) Youth; 2) Marketing and Awareness; 3) Strategic Planning; 4) Membership; 5) Stigma Reduction.  All members should sign up for a subcommittee before the next meeting in January.  At the meeting, groups will meet for the first time.  A Google Doc has been emailed to members to allow them to sign up for the group or groups they are interested in.  Contact the board coordinator for access to the Google Doc.

Harm Reduction Grant

DrugFreeLex has applied for a harm reduction grant, asking for $20,000.  If awarded, funds will go toward Naloxone Community Classes.


William Wells Brown: Drug Free Day in June- waiting on grant money. Health and wellness event will held in January. This will include a weight loss challenge.

The Well: Looking for future board members. Currently exploring options of getting into the schools.

Overdose Map: This is now available for first responders, Health Department and other social service agencies.

Health Department: 62 participants attended the Community Naloxone class in October at Hope Springs Church. The Health Department is encouraging everyone to get hepatitis A vaccinations.

Bluegrass.org: Currently hiring for a few positions. The individuals hired will begin attending the Drug Free Lex meetings. Staff has offered to help at events, providing a booth or table with information from their Marketing / Community Engagement Department. The Schwartz Center is adding 12 beds. SUD evaluations can be conducted at the Bluegrass.org on Mechanic Street. More programs coming to Madison County in the near future. New centers are open in Eastern Kentucky for pregnant women, on site evaluations are conducted, and job training/ internships are available through Sullivan University.

UK Healthcare: Youth Specific Training Program happening January – July. Training on how to engage substance using youth.

Wellcare: Kentucky Health Waiver starting April 2019. Some individuals will need to work or volunteer to continue receiving healthcare benefits. Open enrollment ends December 15, 2018.

Find Help Now KY: Providers need to sign up online. Also update information when needed.

Substance Abuse/ Department of Agriculture: Monthly support groups available for grandparents as parents.

DrugFreeLex September Meeting Minutes

Full Board Meeting Minutes

September 18, 2018

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Teens Matter Summit

Teens Matter Summit was held on Wednesday June 27th. Middle and High school teens participated in a “Stop the Violence” Night with Police Activity League. A mini grant from the Drug Free Lex was awarded to cover the cost of the night event.

Thanks to Jill Chenault Wilson for the fantastic summary of the event below:

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