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About Our Company

From Humble Beginnings to Leading the Way in Appalachia.

Tim Robinson Jr., attorney and recovering alcoholic, founded Karen’s Place in 2010. Tim worked as an assistant county attorney for Lawrence County, Kentucky, and in December 2006 during the depths of his alcoholism, had a spiritual awakening while at his desk in the County Attorney’s office. His life’s purpose was transformed. He got clean and sober and has maintained sobriety since that date. In the ensuing years, Tim felt called to serve those struggling like he did.

Tim eventually surrendered his interest in a successful law partnership, and formed the company to open its first residential recovery center, Karen’s Place, in December 2010. After over a year of primarily volunteer based operations as a grassroots ministry, Tim transitioned Karen’s Place to a state licensed drug and alcohol treatment health care facility in March of 2012.

ARC became one of the first treatment centers in Kentucky to accept private health insurance for residential treatment, through the federal Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Parity Act which began requiring private insurance plans to cover residential addiction treatment. Yet, almost no public (Medicaid) insurance plans covered residential treatment until 2015, when Kentucky became the first Appalachian or Southern state to add residential treatment as a Medicaid benefit as a part of the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion.

ARC is a pioneer in the state, becoming the first licensed provider (Behavioral Health Services Organization-BHSO) of residential treatment services to Kentucky Medicaid members. ARC was the first BHSO provider to admit a Medicaid patient to residential treatment in the state in January 2015 and since then has admitted over 6,000 Medicaid patients for residential treatment.

ARC has been able to continue to expand and today operates thirty addiction treatment programs in twelve KY counties – The company has not only been Kentucky’s leader in providing residential treatment services, but it has also built model outpatient centers that provide aftercare for residential treatment and a behavioral health integrated Medically Assisted Treatment (MAT) program utilizing buprenorphine and Vivitrol. The company also has developed: Residential Transitional Learning Centers, a CLIA-licensed, high complexity laboratory and vocational rehabilitation services. ARC also built its own billing, credentialing, and contracting divisions, implemented an organization-wide Electronic Medical Record (EMR) system and received national accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) that accredits centers of excellence across the nation.

Today ARC is the leading provider of all levels of care for addiction treatment in Kentucky. As a contracted provider for all the state’s Medicaid Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) and its largest private insurance company, Anthem, ARC is expanding its much-needed services throughout Kentucky.

In 2017, the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services launched the Building Evidence on Employment Strategies for Low-Income Families (BEES) project to evaluate the effectiveness of innovative programs designed to boost employment and earnings among low-income Americans. ARC has been selected to participate in this study. All of the BEES evaluations will include an implementation analysis and an impact analysis. The implementation analysis will document how the program operates on the ground, how managers and staff address operational challenges, and how much service participants receive. The impact analysis will assess the extent to which the program improves participants’ outcomes – for example, their employment rates and earnings. It will also examine the ROI (for taxpayer dollars) of combining treatment with education and job training. 


Our Mission


To have peace in knowing that we have done all that we can to provide world-class, holistic care to those struggling with addiction by creating opportunities for each person served, employee, and stakeholder to discover their God-given destiny.

Our Values


Stewardship is defined as the job of taking care of something. At ARC, we make sure that we are accomplishing our mission by asking ourselves the following five questions.

1. Are we taking care of our Clients?

2. Are we taking care of our Assets?

3. Are we taking care of our Resources?

4. Are we taking care of our Employees?

5. Are we taking care of our Stakeholders?