Press Release

14th anniversary, Congressional testimony

The first week of April was a momentous occasion for Operation UNITE, President/CEO Nancy Hale told members of the UNITE Board of Directors at their monthly board meeting. On Wednesday, April 5, Hale testified before a Congressional subcommittee about the opioid epidemic. Then, on Friday, April 7, Operation UNITE celebrated 14 years of leading efforts in investigations, treatment and...

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Hale testifies before U.S. House Subcommittee

Hale testifies before U.S. House Subcommittee

Nancy Hale, President and CEO of Operation UNITE, testified before the U.S. House Committee on Appropriations’ Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies on Wednesday, April 5, 2017. Other witnesses were Barbara Cimaglio, Deputy Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Health; Bill Guy, Parents Helping Parents; and Rosalie Liccardo Pacula, Senior...

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Drug Courts proving their worth

Child support collections from Drug Courts in Operation UNITE’s service region rose by more than 75 percent in February, while the number of community service hours provided by participants increased by more than 40 percent during the same period. “Drug courts continue to prove their worth to the families and communities in our service area,” UNITE President/CEO Nancy Hale said. “With...

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KSP to pilot ‘The Angel Initiative’

KSP to pilot ‘The Angel Initiative’

PIKEVILLE – It’s not about getting soft on crime. It’s about getting smart about dealing with the substance abuse problems facing southern and eastern Kentucky. That message, from Kentucky State Police Commissioner Rick Sanders, was stressed several times during a forum in Pikeville March 9 to discuss implementation of a pilot program – The Angel Initiative – designed to help those in...

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Chad’s Hope holds graduation

Chad’s Hope holds graduation

MANCHESTER – Nearly nine years to the day after Chad’s Hope Teen Challenge Center admitted its first client for treatment of a substance use disorder, three young men celebrated completion of the nine-month program. Among those present for the March 3 celebration were U.S. Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers (KY-5th); Scott Brinkman, Secretary of the Executive Cabinet for Kentucky Governor...

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Child support payments doubled in January

The amount of child support collected by drug courts in the UNITE service region during January doubled from the previous month. This statistic was included in Operation UNITE’s monthly update on efforts to combat substance abuse in its 32-county service area. “Drug courts are so important in efforts to help those struggling with a substance use problem,” said UNITE President/CEO Nancy...

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