START was highlighted in a Kentucky Educational Television production entitled Safe and Sound.
Safe and Sound presents programs and strategies for supporting the emotional health of children across a continuum of needs, as we’re shown real-life parenting challenges of Kentucky families with young children. One of the most difficult challenges a family will ever face is the removal of a child from the home because of suspected abuse or neglect. A large percentage of neglect cases in Kentucky are related to substance abuse. In recent years, an innovative Child Protective Services program called START — Sobriety Treatment and Recovery Teams — is helping parents achieve sobriety and keep children safe while maintaining the parent/child bond. The program utilizes family mentors who have successfully been through the process, understand addiction and recovery and can support both the families and the treatment teams.