Critical Access Substance Abuse Project (CASAP) is a new funding opportunity through HRSA’s Federal Office of Rural Health Policy to provide support to 40 Critical Access Hospitals nationwide who serve rural communities with high rates of poverty, unemployment, and substance abuse. The KORH has identified 9 critical access hospitals in Kentucky that meet these criteria and will be facilitating the project across those 9 communities.
The overarching goal of the project is to address substance abuse issues and concerns at the hospital and community level through education and working to improve patient access to treatment options. Hospital staff and community partners will have a variety of educational opportunities. Community partners will include but are not limited to law enforcement, health departments and clinics, community coalitions and behavioral health providers. We hope to link the nine hospitals and communities together to best meet the needs of their patients with substance use disorders.
Below are some resources available to assist with these efforts:
Laws, Regulation and Resources:
Kentucky Agency for Substance Abuse Policy KY-ASAP
KRS Statutes Chapter 222
SB 192 (needle exchange & Narcan)
The Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy (ODCP)
Website also includes explanations of related laws, including the following:
• Casey’s Law of 2004, which allows close family or friends to intervene and petition the court for treatment of the patient.
• The Good Samaritan Law, which protects from prosecution those who report a drug overdose.
Operation Unite (only in 5th Congressional District)
Prevention of Substance Abuse