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Governor DeWine Awards CAT Human Trafficking Victim Support Grant

Wednesday February 21, 2024

CINCINNATI, February 21, 2024 – Governor Mike DeWine has announced Center for Addiction Treatment’s (CAT) selection as a recipient of Ohio’s new Direct Services for Victims of Human Trafficking Grant, awarding the agency over $198,000 in funding. CAT – which will utilize these dollars to support ongoing efforts to provide human trafficking survivors with addiction treatment, mental health, and family services – is one of just 30 organizations that have been allocated funding state-wide by the recently launched program.

CAT’s awardee status reflects the organization’s commitment to providing victims of human trafficking with compassionate, evidence-based support that spans the agency’s full continuum of care, consistent of 11+ Inpatient and Outpatient service offerings. Dollars received will be disseminated over two years across multiple areas of the agency to maximize impact, including funding essential supplies for survivors and specific population-support-trained personnel.

“At CAT, we supply ongoing training to our staff to not only identify, but competently treat survivors of human trafficking,” shares VP of Clinical Services, Rachel Johnson, MS, LPCC-S. “We are grateful for the opportunity to accept this award to further provide evidence-based treatment and trauma-informed care to this population. Our agency looks forward to continuing our saving lives and rebuilding families efforts as we provide survivors with respect, compassion, and effective care alongside our Collaboration Board.”

CAT’s human trafficking victim support efforts will be amplified through partnerships with various local organizations, including Resurge Recovery, Women of Alabaster, Weightless Anchor, and the Salvation Army’s End Slavery Cincinnati. The presentation of this grant comes at a time of immense need, with research* showing the Southern District of Ohio had the second-highest number of federal human trafficking defendants nationally in 2020.

For further comment, please reach out to our media contact, McKenna Brooks, at

To read the official press release from Governor DeWine’s office awarding CAT the Direct Services for Victims of Human Trafficking Grant, click here.

About Center for Addiction Treatment

Serving the Greater Cincinnati community since 1970, Center for Addiction Treatment (CAT) provides high-quality, affordable treatment for those impacted by the disease of addiction to drugs, alcohol and/or gambling. CAT’s individualized care model includes medically monitored detox, short-term residential treatment, medication-assisted treatment, an intensive outpatient program, outpatient grief services, a gambling treatment program, family education, counseling services, relapse prevention programming, fatherhood-specific services, intersecting substance abuse & mental illness care, and support groups. Today, CAT has thousands of alums who are on the path to recovery and lead sober lives. For more information on treatment for alcohol, drug, or gambling addiction visit


*References available upon request.


McKenna Brooks