January 24

I had a great opportunity this week to tape a public service announcement for the Child Victims’ Trust Fund (CVTF). The CVTF is a non-profit program that has provided funding for child sexual abuse prevention programs since 1985. You can help support the program through the Kentucky Income Tax Refund Check-Off campaign. Located in the "Fund Contributions" section of the Kentucky income tax form, the tax refund check-off allows Kentuckians to make a donation to the fund. You can also help by purchasing an "I Care About Kids" license plate. The Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Prevention Board, which I chair, sponsors the specialty license plates, and the sale of the plates generates revenue for the CVTF. I hope you will consider making a donation to the fund this year. Your contribution goes a long way to ensure that the programs benefiting Kentucky’s most vulnerable children are funded. Also, be sure to watch for our PSA highlighting the importance of the CVTF, which will begin airing on TV stations across Kentucky very soon.

The Child Victims’ Trust Fund PSA will also be posted on the Office of the Attorney General’s official YouTube channel, which you can visit here. On the website you’ll find press conferences, tapings from our Keep Kentucky Kids Safe program, the "Faces of Prescription Drug Abuse" series and additional videos that reflect my commitment to standing up for Kentucky families. While you’re visiting the website, be sure to click the "Subscribe" box to stay up to date with all of the great work that continues in my office.

Next week, I’ll be attending the Substance Abuse Treatment Advisory Committee’s second public meeting. I’m looking forward to another great discussion on how we can use the funding my office secured from two pharmaceutical lawsuits to best provide treatment to those living in our Commonwealth who so desperately need it.

Finally, I hope everyone is keeping warm during this frigid weather. If you have to be outside in the cold, please take the proper precautions to stay safe. Help is also available for those experiencing hardship and needing assistance paying high heating bills. Visit the "Winter Heating" section of my website here to learn more.