Since its launch in January 2018, Kentucky’s newest tool in the fight against addiction, FindHelpNowKY.org, has served critical, real-time information on available substance use disorder treatment options to more than 50,000 people since its start. People who visit the site can confidentially locate facilities and service providers who are accepting new patients based on individual determinants like geographic location, accepted form of payment and specific type of treatment required.
It’s a digital resource helping to address elevated drug overdose morbidity and mortality rates in Kentucky. The web site—which tracks current openings for 530 facilities across the state—has been visited more than 70,000 times with Jefferson, Fayette, Franklin, Floyd and Hardin counties accounting for more than three-quarters of web site traffic.
It acts much like a search engine, providing information on the current availability of addiction treatment facility openings in real time, effectively enabling more frequent and more rapid admissions to treatment programs. As the site continues to gain traction, many states have shown interest in using this tool to help their residents find treatment facilities with available openings. FindHelpNowKY.org is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and is produced by the Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center (KIPRC), the bona fide agent of the Kentucky Department for Public Health.
In addition to being the outcome of a partnership between the CDC and KIPRC, FindHelpNowKY.org has a number of other supporting partners, including the University of Kentucky College of Public Health, the Cabinet of Health and Family Services, the offices of Governor Matt Bevin, the KY HELP Line and the Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet.