LOUISA, Ky. – Addiction Recovery Care (ARC) has been selected as one of the first organizations in the country to participate in the Building Evidence on Employment Strategies for Low-Income Families (BEES) project. BEES aims to evaluate the effectiveness of innovative programs designed to boost employment and earnings among low-income Americans. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation within the Administration for Children and Families is funding MDRC, along with Abt Associates and MEF Associates, to conduct the evaluation.
ARC, which operates 30 treatment centers in 12 Kentucky counties, has received national attention for its crisis to career approach to treatment and recovery.
At an event held March 23 at Lake Hills Oasis, an ARC men’s residential recovery program in Somerset, KY, celebrated and formally announced the organization’s selection for the study…..
……Being a part of the BEES project will allow ARC to participate in a comprehensive impact and implementation evaluation. As Kentucky’s leading provider of addiction treatment, Robinson said Kentucky is continuing to lead the way in access to treatment. An example of that commitment was in 2015 when the state became the first state in Appalachia and the South to allow Medicaid to cover residential treatment as part of the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion. ARC admitted the state’s first-ever Medicaid patient in 2015 and has served more than 6,000 Medicaid patients since 2015.
“We believe that access to treatment is at the core of eradicating the substance use disorder epidemic plaguing our nation,” added Robinson. “We’ve clearly defined access as an opportunity for our team of professionals to transform a life, mend a heart, restore a family, and equip clients with the tools to find meaningful employment after treatment”…..