Horninger added, “What makes a lot of the NA groups successful (in Kentucky), they are involved in the music scene,” and offer concerts, which gives teens and adults something to do.
An NA group for inmates formed in the Franklin County Security Center in early September, reported Melinda Brown, Franklin County Stayiní Alive executive director. ìThe next step is to take it to the communityî and form a separate group which would be much closer for area residents than Kentucky.
Besides this good news, she brought bad news. The Batesville coalition was one of 43 that applied for a $75,000 U.S. Office of Drug Control Policy Drug Free Communities Support Program grant. The federal grant requires a one-to-one match. Six were awarded and “we were not one of them,” said Brown, one of the grant writers. Although very disappointed, “we’re still continuing to move forward” to find other funding sources.
Coalition members will attend an all-day retreat Oct. 8 in the Memorial Building’s third floor conference room.Goals are to begin and finalize a heroin model, all the way up to strategies; and also to turn over coalition leadership from Koopman to a local person. He predicted, “I think we’ll be amazed at the progress we make that day.”