KIPRC Recognized as Champions in Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services

November 19, 2021

Each year, Kentucky's Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities, Division of Behavioral Health, recognizes Champions in Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services. This year, Danita Coulter and the Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center (KIPRC) at the UK College of Public Health were honored.

 

Coulter currently serves as the Educational Services Assistant Senior for KIPRC on the FindHelpNowKY.org project, was recognized “for working toward a more equitable substance use treatment system through work with FindHelpNowKY.org and the KIPRC team. Your consistency, professionalism, creativity, and open-mindedness were the glue to a collaboration that will have long-standing and long-reaching effects.”  

 

The KIPRC team was applauded as a whole “for taking stakeholder input to thoughtfully adapt the FindHelpNowKY website to better meet the needs of individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing. By committing funding and working with community partners, you have helped to increase opportunities for individuals to seek and find accessible [substance use disorder] treatment in Kentucky.”

 

FindHelpNowKY.org has added search filters for the deaf and hard of hearing people in its treatment locator and produced resources for the deaf and hard hearing.

 

The Champions recognition happens as part of the Advisory Committee on the Need for Services for Individuals who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing. The committee was established by KRS 210.031 in the 1990s to identify and address unmet needs.