Ky. (WBKO) --- Over 30,000 students across Kentucky now have access to additional school services.
The Cabinet for Health and Family Services Division of Family Resource Youth Services Centers held a reception Monday at Moss Middle School to celebrate the creation of 28 new resource centers.
The centers were established in 1990 as part of the Kentucky Education Reform Act. Director Melissa Goins says she's excited about the expansion, which is the first of its kind in 10 years.
"Needs have changed since then, we have a lot of different needs with the opioid epidemic that we didn't see before on this scale. A lot of grandparents and relatives that are raising their grandchildren, that are raising other relatives, that didn't really plan on being in that position, they need some support," said Goins.
The goal of the centers is to help eliminate barriers to learning for at-risk students by providing a variety of services including mental health and family crisis counseling and career assistance.
During the General Assembly last year, state legislators granted the cabinet nearly eight million dollars to fund the new facilities.