Governor Announces Substance Abuse Prevention Grants

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE: July 20, 2005

Contact: Jason Gibbs
(802) 828-3333

MONTPELIER – Governor Jim Douglas today announced that 13 local substance abuse prevention coalitions will receive New Directions grants totaling $427,783 from the Vermont Department of Health. The effort is part Douglas’ comprehensive Drug Education, Treatment, Enforcement and Rehabilitation (DETER) program, launched by the Governor in 2003.

“New Directions coalitions are made up of dedicated Vermonters working together to address substance abuse in their communities,” said Governor Jim Douglas. “Because of their hard work and commitment, more and more young people are making healthier choices.”

New Directions coalitions bring youth and adults together to design prevention strategies for their own communities based on proven best practices. The grants fund coalition development and community prevention projects like mentoring and family education programs, school curricula, and local information campaigns to discourage alcohol and drug use.

“New Directions Coalitions have been highly successful, putting proven strategies into practice to reduce underage drinking,” said Deputy Commissioner of Health Barbara Cimaglio. 

In addition to providing the funding, the Health Department supports coalition efforts with training and technical assistance.

The 2006 New Directions grants total $427,783 and are awarded to:

ABOUT D.E.T.E.R.

The D.E.T.E.R program is Governor Douglas’ multi-faceted, multi-million dollar program to confront substance abuse in Vermont. 

Passed in June 2003, D.E.T.E.R set in place a compassionate program of treatment and rehabilitation.  Among other things, the program has increased resources to educate children about the dangers of drugs, funded expanded treatment options and recovery centers throughout the state and enhanced penalties for traffickers and dealers who seek to poison Vermonters for profit.

Governor Douglas proposed an increase in funding for D.E.T.E.R. in his fiscal year 2006 budget, including requests for 10 new high school substance abuse prevention counselors and four more recovery centers.

“For too long Vermont chased the problems of substance abuse. The D.E.T.E.R program has helped us make prevention our strategy of choice,” the Governor said.

More information about D.E.T.E.R. and the Health Department’s substance abuse prevention efforts is available at www.HealthyVermonters.info.