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McCracken projects secure $6 million in state funding

Staff report

More than $6 million in state services and contracts for McCracken County agencies and vendors has been approved by a legislative oversight committee.

State Rep. Gerald Watkins, D-Paducah, said the largest item approved by the Government Contract Review Committee was a $4.233 million agreement with Four Rivers Behavioral Health in Paducah for providing community-based services for fiscal 2015, which began July 1 and ends June 30, 2015.

The services will be paid for with federal, state and agency funds.

"This is the primary funding source for Four Rivers Behavioral Health," Watkins said. "With this money, the agency will be able to offer community-based services for mental and behavioral health, developmental and intellectual disabilities, substance abuse issues and community care and support."

Other funding items approved by the committee include:

n Four Rivers Behavioral Health's office in Paducah received $966,000 to conduct outpatient substance abuse treatment programs in the service region for parolees. It also received $142,000 to provide adult drug court treatment for Fulton, Hickman, Ballard, Carlisle, Graves, Livingston, Marshall, Calloway and McCracken counties. The agency also received $61,800 in federal and state funds for the Department for Medicaid Services Michelle P. Waiver program, which serves as an alternative to institutional care for those with mental retardation or a developmental disability.

n Whitlow Roberts Houston and Straub of Paducah received $150,000 in state road funds for legal services.

n The McCracken County Board of Education received $134,249 in federal funds to employ Kathleen Evanko as an educational recovery leader for the office of Next Generation Schools and Districts.

n Healthcare Education and Registration Training in Paducah received $105,600 in federal and state funds to assist low-income families in western Kentucky with registration for free prescription medicine through the Pharmaceutical Company Prescription Assistance Program. 

n Boehl Stopher and Graves, LLP in Paducah received $100,000 in agency funds for legal representation of the state.

n Dr. Joseph M. Pittard in Paducah received $50,000 in state funds for medical services for youth at the McCracken Regional Juvenile Detention Center.

n Sandy Joslyn in Paducah received $13,000 in agency funds to teach server training in alcohol regulations seminars to retailers, their employees, government workers, prevention groups and law enforcement.

n Boswell, Sims and Vasseur PLLC in Paducah received $10,080 in state funds to provide legal counsel and representation.

n To give physicals to new hires who require a CDL license for their job, Occunet by OHRC Inc. in Paducah received $5,000 in state road funds.

n The Purchase Area Sexual Assault Center in Paducah received $4,200 in agency funds to provide child sexual abuse medical exams.

n Sirk Appraisal Company in Paducah got a $450 increase in trust and agency funds for appraisal of property at 1611 Ryan Ave. in order to give Murray State University a basis for negotiation on potential purchase.

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