Allocation of Funds

Kentucky is participating in the national settlement and funds are split 50/50 (see KRS 15.293):

50% – State dollars Managed and distributed through a competitive grant process by the Kentucky Opioid Abatement Advisory Commission (KYOAAC).

50% – Local dollars Sent directly to cities and counties.

KYOAAC was created by the General Assembly’s passage of House Bill 427 in 2021 and is chaired by the state Attorney General or their designee. The Commission not only has the power to allocate settlement funds, but also to monitor spending from the local government share and to make recommendations for policy changes at state and local levels, including statutory law and administrative regulations.

  • Unfortunately, the only monitoring they do of local government shares is require them to submit a quarterly certification that affirms the funds were used for their intended purpose. The certification form does not ask any details about expenditures.

The full KYOAAC meets monthly in Frankfort. The meetings are open to the public, streamed live on YouTube, and recordings are available. Agendas always offer an opportunity for in-person public comment. Subcommittees often have separate meetings which are open to the public but are not livestreamed or recorded. The Commission also held a series of town halls across the state in late 2022 through early 2023 to gather public input on how funds should be allocated.

KYOAAC has a grant portal on their website and any entity or government agency can submit proposals for funds. Grants are awarded on a rolling basis and are for an initial period of 18 months and may be renewed for an additional 12 months at the discretion of KYOAAC.

An inventory of all awards made including a map of which counties they serve can be found here.

Also of note, Four Kentucky leaders have been selected for the Opioid Solutions Leadership Network, a national cohort of county officials and leaders pursuing effective implementation of opioid settlement funds. This Network is managed by the National Association of Counties in partnership with Vital Strategies with the goal to equip county decision makers with tools and evidence-based solutions to address substance use disorder in their communities.

  • Hon. Gary Moore, Boone County Judge/Executive
  • Hon. Dan Mosley, Harlan County Judge/Executive
  • Hon. Reagan Taylor, Madison County Judge/Executive
  • Lauren Carr, Executive Director, Graves County Agency for Substance Abuse Prevention

Show Me The Money

Distributor & Janssen Settlement: $483 million over 18 years
McKinsey & Company: $10.8 million
Purdue: $24 million
Teva: $71 million over 13 years
Allergan: $48 million over 7 years
CVS: $94 million over 10 years
Walgreens: $102 million over 15 years
Walmart: $53 million (most scheduled for distribution in 2023)
$6.8 million

Mallinckrodt: Participating

Also see the Global Settlement Tracker.

Community Advocate Guide

Christine Minhee, J.D. of and Vital Strategies released comprehensive guides on opioid settlement funds for all 50 states and the District of Columbia! Each guide contains essential information on total funding, legal mechanism(s) governing the process, and funding allocations in each state.

Check out the Kentucky Guide for more in depth information about the state’s plan for managing and allocating funds (info is current as of 6/6/23).