kysealFRANKFORT, Ky. (7/8/14) — Over $36.9 million in government contracts and agreements for health, educational and community services in the Pennyrile and parts of the Purchase region were approved by a state legislative committee today.

Government Contract Review Committee member Rep. Brent Yonts, D-Greenville, said the largest items approved by his committee for Hopkins, Muhlenberg and Christian counties and the surrounding region were over $14 million in agency funds administered by the Pennyroyal Regional Mental Health/Mental Retardation Board for staffing of Western State Hospital, Western State Nursing Facility, and Volta; over $13.4 million in federal funds for services administered by the Pennyrile Area Development District on behalf of the U.S. Department of Labor, and; over $3.4 million in federal and state funds for family and social services in the Pennyrile and Purchase areas administered by Pennyrile Allied Community Services.

“We rely so much on our state and federal partnerships when it comes to family and social services, education, and health needs in our communities,” said Yonts, a former chairman of the committee. “I am so glad to see these funds coming home.”

Dozens of other items were also funded for the Pennyrile and surrounding counties, including:

  • $966,000 in state funds for alcohol and drug prevention services provided by Pennyroyal Mental Health/Mental Retardation Board;
  • $922,797 in federal funds for trade adjustment assistance, administered by Pennyrile Area Development District;
  • $776,000 in state funds to the Christian County Board of Education for the Read to Achieve program;
  • $596,000 in agency funds to Pennyroyal Mental Health for staffing of Glasgow State Nursing Facility;
  • $558,884 in federal funds to Pennyrile Allied Community Services to help low-income, elderly, migrant, or the homeless through the federal Community Services Block Grant Program.
  • $386,000 in state and agency funds for adult drug court treatment services for Christian, Crittenden, Hopkins, Lyon, Trigg, Caldwell, and Muhlenberg counties, provided by Pennyroyal Mental Health.
  • $320,598 in state General funds and state tobacco funds for child advocacy services administered by Pennyrile Child Advocacy;
  • $317,858 and $309,598 in federal funds for child abuse and neglect prevention, administered by Pennyrile Allied Community Services.
  • $193,734 in state funds to the Hopkins County Board of Education for day treatment services for school-age children in Hopkins County.
  • $160,000 in state funds for court ordered evaluations, administered by Pennyroyal Mental Health/Mental Retardation Board.
  • $106,945 in federal funds for the Christian County Board of Education to hire Crystal Fuller-White as an Educational Recovery Specialist.
  • $97,000 in state funds to the Muhlenberg County Board of Education for the Read to Achieve program.
  • $72,531 in state funds to the Christian County Board of Education for the services of a Regional Network Content Instructional Specialist, and $70,776 in state funds to the Hopkins County Board of Education for the services of a Regional Network Content Instructional Specialist.

Other funding approved by the committee for the Pennyrile and surrounding area includes:

  • $5,000 in state Road Funds to Baptist Health Occupational Medicine and $5,000 in state Road Funds Johnson Family Chiropractic to perform Commercial Driver’s License physicals for the state;
  • increased federal funds totaling $5,100 awarded to Murray State University for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (also known as “mad cow disease”) testing and increased federal funds totaling $23,865 to Murray State for avian influenza testing;
  • increased federal funding totaling $6,000 for out-of-school programs administered by the Christian County Board of Education;
  • $38,000 in federal and state funds to the Pennyroyal Center to provide alternatives to institutional care for those with mental retardation or developmental disabilities;
  • $20,000 in state funds to the Christian County Board of Education for community education;
  • $30,796 in state funds to the Christian County Board of Education for bus transportation for youth attending Christian County Day Treatment;
  • $26,124 in state funds to reimburse the Christian County Board of Education for 75 percent of the cost of a janitorial position for the day treatment center;
  • and $4,765 in state Road Funds to the Hopkins County Health Department for immunizations.

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