Daviess County Gets Grant to Combat Child Abuse

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The federal government is providing a $2.5 million grant to establish a program in Daviess County to deal with child abuse and substance abuse.

The five-year grant will support the Sobriety Treatment and Recovery Teams program, better known as START.

Gov. Steve Beshear said the federal money will help break the pattern of substance abuse and child abuse within families in western Kentucky.

START is intended to help parents at risk of having their children taken away because of substance abuse. The program helps parents overcome addictions and build healthier families.

Similar programs already are operating in Jefferson, Kenton, Boyd and Martin counties.

The grant comes from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Administration on Children, Youth and Families Office.

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