Somerset, KY – Schools in an area of the state hit hard by substance abuse will soon have counselors available to help students who have problems with drugs.
The federally funded "Operation Unite" program will pay for 31 counselors to work in its 29 county area of eastern and south-central Kentucky.
The counselors will try to intervene in cases where students are using drugs, and will work with students who have problems because of substance abuse in their families.
Providing counselors is part of a $1.6 million education initiative by "Unite". The plan also includes re-imbursing school districts up to $2,000 to pay for drug testing and other projects.