Jeremie Delauder, MAT Research Assistant, WestCare Kentucky
A ribbon-cutting ceremony took place on August 17th for the previously opened Judi Patton Center for Healthy Families (JPCHF) located at 5971 Poorbottom Road in Pike County, KY. The facility is a residential substance abuse treatment facility for women. JPCHF opened to clients in March of this year and should see their first graduates in September.
Among the attendees were local and state legislators including Kentucky Governor, Andy Beshear; Dist. 92 State Rep. John Blanton; Dist. 93 State Rep. Norma Kirk-McCormick; Dist. 94 State Rep. Angie Hatton; Dist. 95 State Rep. Ashley Tackett Lafferty; Dist. 31 State Senator Phillip Wheeler and Pike County Judge-Executive Ray Jones II. Also in attendance were former Kentucky Governor, Paul Patton, and former Kentucky First Lady, Judi Patton – the center’s namesake. Many of WestCare’s leadership team were also in attendance, including our CEO, Dick Steinberg.
In his speech, Governor Beshear said, “We know the road to recovery from addiction is one of the hardest journeys any human being can make. We also know it’s a journey way too many of our people are on. But there is hope and there is help – and it’s found in places like this. Judi’s passion for helping others goes back to her childhood here in Pike County. You’ve made all of us proud and grateful for your service, your dedication, and your citizenship.”
In her speech, Judi Patton, remarked, “I appreciate the honor and am very humbled to have my name placed on this facility, but it is WestCare, a nonprofit organization which saw the need in Eastern Kentucky – that deserves the credit. This is an issue which can affect any family, that we all need to be concerned about.”