Top Priorities

Northern Kentucky residents, policy makers, businesses, and all sectors of the community must continue collaboration.  In so doing, we will be able to identify problems, find solutions, develop consensus and fix the problems!

  • Addiction medicine should be included in the traditional medical model with equal resources and commitment.
  • The region should have a mechanism to measure outcomes such as death, overdose, incarceration, relapse, etc. and to ensure appropriate quality measures are enacted.  Citizens need a way to have meaningful input into the process that allows an appropriate feedback loop.
  • Resources, including personnel, in particular physician providers must be developed on an urgent and sustainable basis.
  • Insurance, private and public must cover this treatment for an extended period.  The cost to the consumer must be minimized.
  • We need to have funding to cover any gap because failure to treat will lead to relapse
  • We must have a very well implemented case management system.
  • The families impacted must be assisted.  Multi-generations are put at risk.  For example, grandparents raising their grandchildren need increased support and payments from DCBS for the care of the children.
  • We must eventually have a centralized oversight group with an appointed director to oversee the regional response to addiction.  This entity would help with implementing the continued response plan.
  • The community must develop a different culture, one of resiliency and continued shared recovery.
  • Our economy and community must work to include vulnerable individuals in the workforce and we must always strive to grow the potential of our greatest asset, human capital.
  • We must utilize Naloxone to save lives.  And develop a well structured and funded opioid overdose prevention system.
  • We must start integrating the traditional medical system with the prevention and safety net systems. This will require increase physician/nursing leadership development and involvement.