About Recover Boldly

“The opioid epidemic has primarily focused on White suburban and rural communities, however BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) communities are similarly experiencing dramatic increases in substance use and overdose deaths. Furthermore, the COVID-19 Pandemic has revealed and exacerbated long standing racial and ethnic disparities in behavioral health care.” -Nspire

Nspire – A Park Community Initiative, has partnered with the Kentucky Opioid Response Effort (KORE) to offer a grant opportunity to raise awareness about substance use disorder (SUD) and opioid use disorder (OUD), address stigma associated with SUD/OUD and Medications for Opioid Use Disorder (MOUD), and promote greater access to MOUD and other SUD/OUD prevention, treatment and recovery support services, with a primary focus on Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) communities.

Recover Boldly is a campaign led by recipients of this Nspire grant – the Seeds of New Leaf, Martin & Muir, Joshua Community Connectors and Kentucky Harm Reduction Coalition. The purpose of RecoverBoldly is to decrease the stigma associated with receiving  treatment for SUD and increase access to treatment and resources for the BIPOC community. We want people to see themselves when they think of recovery. We hope for them to visualize themselves recovering, BOLDLY, and without shame. And to be aware of the presence of providers/resources that understand not only the substance use disorder but that can appreciate the cultural context and ramifications. 

The Problem

Disparities in overdose continue to rise for Black Kentuckians.

“Non-Hispanic Black individuals in four U.S. states experienced a 38% increase in the rate of opioid overdose deaths from 2018 to 2019, while the rates for other race and ethnicity groups held steady or decreased, according to a new study by the National Institutes of Health published in the American Journal of Public Health. These alarming data are in line with other research documenting a widening of disparities in overdose deaths in Black communities in recent years, largely driven by heroin and illicit fentanyl. The research emphasizes the need for equitable, data-driven, community-based interventions that address these disparities. 

Trends varied at the state level and increases among non-Hispanic Black individuals were highest in Kentucky (a 46% increase) and Ohio (a 45% increase).”

“The studies show a new shift disproportionately affecting the Black community, according to the University of Kentucky. They report death rates from opioid overdoses among Black individuals rose to 57% in Kentucky from 2019-2020.

Overdose risk increased by 57% (RR, 1.57; 95% CI, 1.23-2.00; P < .001) among Black non-Hispanic residents and by 45% (RR, 1.45; 95% CI, 1.34-1.56; P < .001) among White non-Hispanic residents.”

“The number of psychostimulant-involved drug overdose deaths increased 513% among non-Hispanic Black residents and 191% among non-Hispanic White residents. Cocaine-involved drug overdose deaths increased among non-Hispanic Black residents but declined among non-Hispanic White residents. 

Our findings underscore the urgent need to expand treatment and harm reduction services to non-Hispanic Black residents with substance use disorder.”

Lack of access to treatment and resources:

5% of Kore funded naloxone was distributed to Black Kentuckians in 2021

The Solution


Training – Receive racial equity training, KORE encourages its partners to disaggregate your service delivery data by race and ethnicity. Examine and revise your agency policies and procedures that are leading to a disparity in KORE-funded service delivery.

Diverse Hiring Practices – Having people at the table, that look like the people you’re serving is imperative for racial equity. There are factors that may not even thought to be considered if that demographic is not represented at the decision making table.

Programming – Ensure your programs are systematically targeting a variety of populations, and especially those with the greatest disparities.

Individuals in Recovery

Recover out loud, proudly, and BOLDLY. The more we talk about it without negativity, the more likely others are to seek treatment. 

If you would like to volunteer to sponsor others or orient others to the recovery community, please email Dr. Walker at [email protected]

Supporters of Recovery

Be aware of stigmatized language and how to communicate with people in active addiction and/ or recovery.

What is stigma?
Stigma can be defined as a label with an associated stereotype that elicits a negative
response. Typical stigma related to addiction patients: they are dangerous, unpredictable, incapable of managing treatment, at fault for their condition, etc.

Seek Help – We are Here

Obtain services and resources from Black owned or Black founded organizations.

Treatment for Adults

New Leaf Clinic

www.newleaf1216.com | 502.690.4286

Click here to refer someone!

  • Our mission  is to work with people struggling with mental illness and/or addiction to improve their quality of life and regain the people and moments that make life worth living. New Leaf is dedicated to providing treatment for the whole person. We do not see mental health and recovery as two separate entities. Instead, they are intertwined and it is our treatment approach to address them concurrently. 
  • Our intensive outpatient program serves those with substance use disorders, severe mental illness, or both. This is a treatment program where people who desire recovery come daily for group therapy and also have access to the following services:
    • Group therapy
    • Individual therapy
    • Peer support specialist
    • Case management
    • Medication management
    • Daily living skills
    • Medication-assisted treatment with Suboxone/Sublocade/Vivitrol
    • Recovery Housing begins mid-April
    • Transportation

Teresa Walker, MD – Owner, CEO, Psychiatrist

Treatment for Youth/ Adults

Martin and Muir

www.martinandmuir.com | 502-383-2969

  • The mission of Martin and Muir Counseling is to help families and individuals find their authentic self by providing wrap-around behavioral health services focused on social, emotional, and behavioral development while growing wellness within individuals, families, and the community.
  • Services:
    • Youth
    • Families
    • Couples
    • Case Management
    • Medication Management

Owners – Renesha Martin, MA, LPCA and Lauren Muir, MA, LPCC

Aarron Sparrow, LPCA – Therapist


Seeds of New Leaf – Supportive Services for those in Treatment 

We are a nonprofit organization with a goal to assist in removing barriers to treatment for those fighting the battle of addiction and/or mental illness.

Treatment First Program – Housing Assistance

We assist those in early recovery from substances with housing. The client must live at an approved partnering sober living home and fully engaged as a client at New Leaf Clinic Inc. This allows them to focus on their underlying causes of addiction, prior to rushing back into employment. It allows them to have a strong foundation of recovery, coping skills, and mental health first. Our case manager and peer support specialist help them transition to part-time work and then full-time. All while being monitored by therapists and our psychiatrist.

Dr. Teresa Walker

Kentucky Harm Reduction Coalition  

Mission: To reduce substance addiction overdoses and deaths, the stigma associated with substance use disorder, and to offer harm reduction solutions

Vision: To use harm reduction modalities by engaging, educating, and empowering first responders, police, firefighters, treatment centers, and others closely involved with those suffering from substance use disorder, by partnering with local and state government, as well as medical and civic leaders.


  • Naloxone Distribution and Training
  • Syringe Services Programs
  • Mobile Outreach
  • Hepatitis C and HIV testing

Executive Director – Shreeta Waldon

Joshua Community Connectors

We are working with young adults to break down barriers regarding mental health, housing and employment.


  • Mental health therapy with weekly therapist sessions.
  • Weekly Case Manager interactions.
  • Job training through the Tech Louisville Program and the KY Career Center in West Louisville.
  • Job security and placement assistance.
  • Housing advice and assistance.

Co-founded by Kim Moore

Omni Resources – 502 915 -1890 or at [email protected] 

Primarily focused in the arena of community outreach and resource management. We provide linkage-to-care to community inhabitants, which consist of substance abuse treatment, housing services, mental and physical healthcare referrals. 

Co-Founder Damin Williams

Kentucky Criminal Justice Forum  Advocacy and Public Policy

Recently, a group of community organizations with shared views came together to form an advocacy group to work toward real and meaningful criminal justice reform, primarily at the state and local levels. The goal of the organization is threefold:

  • Engage key stakeholders in the criminal justice reform conversation.
  • Invite legislators to partake in panel discussions on what they see as the most pressing criminal justice concerns that our local or state governments are facing today.
  • Give the community an opportunity to provide legislators with valuable information, via breakout sessions during a series of community forums.

Founder – Deacon Keith McKenzie

Greater Louisville Behavioral Health

The mission of Greater Louisville Behavioral Health is to provide services surrounding behavioral health and substance abuse, especially to those in the criminal justice system through:

  • Education about the addiction of substance abuse & its consequences.
  • Behavioral health substance abuse prevention.
  • Community support for those going through such addiction.
  • Community reflection on substantive data concerning this issue.
  • Engagement with State &a Local government leaders about legislation that will enable healthy behavior, adequate funding, & positive policy decisions.
  • Reformation of the criminal justice system partnering with state and local legal community in dealing with such issues.

GLBH will do this through building a network of community partners, experienced in various areas of service to those with behavioral health and substance abuse issues, as well as various parts of the criminal justice system that are affected by such issues within the system.

Deacon Keith McKenzie