Drug-Free | ACTC

ACTC is a Drug Free Institution

Statement of Policy

Ashland Community and Technical College is committed to providing a healthy and safe environment for its students, faculty and staff. The college has defined conduct in relation to the unlawful possession, use, dispensation, distribution or manufacture of alcohol or illicit drugs. This includes proper possession and use of prescription medications. In accordance with Kentucky law, all prescription medications in an individuals possession while on campus must be in the original, individual prescription container with formal prescription label indicating the medication therein, and to whom it is prescribed. Multiple medications may not be mixed in a singular container, but should be kept in separate original bottles with appropriate labeling.

Conduct which violates this definition poses unacceptable risks and disregard for the health, safety, and welfare of members of the college community and shall result in disciplinary action up to and including suspension or termination.

As a recipient of federal grants and contracts, Ashland Community and Technical College gives this notice to students, faculty and staff that it is in compliance with and shall continue to be in compliance with the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 and the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendment of 1989. Students, faculty and staff are herein notified of the standards of conduct which shall be applicable while on Ashland Community and Technical College property.

Resources for Substance Abuse and Mental Health

Using drugs (both illegal and legal) can lead to abuse, addiction, serious health problems, and even death. To learn more about the adverse effects of drugs and other substances, go to Just Think Twice, the Drug Enforcement Administrations website.


Mountain Comprehensive Care Center

Counseling services are available off campus through a contract with Mountain Comprehensive Care (MCC) a community health provider headquartered in southeastern Kentucky, operating both mental health and primary care service clinics throughout the state, with multiple mental health service centers within ACTC’s primary service region. To schedule an appointment with MCC, students may visit the Mountain Comprehensive Care Center website to find the most convenient office location in their community. Emergency walk-in appointments are available at all MCCC outpatient facilities during normal business hours, Monday-Friday 8am-5pm, and MCC operates a 24-hour help line listed below.

24 Hour Help Line: 1-800-422-1060

For additional information about MCC or referral to other community or private mental health providers, students may contact Heather Shelton, ACTC’s designated staff member for counseling referrals.

Heather Shelton
College Drive: Main building - Room 220
Technology Drive: Room 157E
Phone: (606) 326-2051
Email: Heather.Shelton@kctcs.edu 

TAO - Optimizing Mental Health for All

In addition to counseling services all ACTC students have free access to Therapy Assistance Online (TAO). TAO is not direct counseling, but a suite of intereactive online tools providing assistance with with personal development in areas such as time management, stress reduction, mindfulness training, fighting addiction cravings, basics of financial management, and so much more. The platform is searchable, and users can access all content at any time, as as many times as desired. All use in TAO is completely anonymous and individualized. After completion of the TAO initial registration TAO can be accessed through the student My Path on the ACTC website , the KCTCS app, or downloading the TAO app, available for both Apple and Android devices.