Ky Budget Money May Go To Hazelwood Center

by scrosby on March 4, 2008

Kentucky House members from the Louisville area touted their allocation of funds for expanded mental health services Monday – but acknowledge the spending plan is still in the early stages. The House version of the budget includes more than a million dollars for the construction of three new cottages and two new clinics at the Hazelwood Center in Louisville.

Missy McKiernan hopes her 26-year-old son will be selected to inhabit one of those cottages – he’s currently living at Central State Hospital. McKiernan says she knows Monday’s announcement may be a little premature.

“I’m guardedly optimistic. We’ve been down this road and close various other times, and for naught, it’s been pretty frustrating as a parent and advocate when other things get priority and we’re talking about human beings lives.”

McKiernan says the new cottages would be unique because they would offer a group home living situation, with the added medical services of the nearby clinics.

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