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Kentucky launches site to help addiction recovery, returning from prison

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(The Center Square) – Kentuckians struggling with addiction or just released from prison received a boost when the state announced a new website to help with employment, education and support.

Gov. Andy Beshear announced secondchance.ky.gov in conjunction with Second Chance Month, which is dedicated to people leaving jail and returning to communities with the plan to lead productive lives.

“My faith teaches me that there are second chances in this life – and that we are all our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers. To help every Kentuckian reach their full potential, we must live out our faith and values and help those struggling,” Beshear said. “In Scripture, we are told, ‘So continue encouraging each other and building each other up, just like you are doing already.’ With the historic economic progress we’re seeing, we have a responsibility to make sure prosperity reaches every Kentuckian. No matter the struggle, we have resources to help folks get back on their feet and find a good job.”

The site includes resume help, job searches and other reentry services, including the Kentucky State Parks’ current focus on hiring second-chance people.

“This program allows Kentucky Dam Village to provide opportunities for people who have served their time and need assistance getting back into the workforce,” Scott Ratzlaff, Kentucky Dam Village Park manager, said. “It isn’t just about filling a workforce need; it’s about giving these individuals a chance to rebuild their lives and develop new skills. This program proves that we believe in second chances and the power of redemption.”

The site also has information on programs to help businesses hire and retain more second-chance employees, along with connections to drug and mental health treatment and recovery resources.

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