Governor Douglas Announces Community Grants to Prevent Alcohol and Drug Abuse

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For Immediate Release: November 21, 2007
Media Contact: Communication Office
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Montpelier, Vt. – Governor Jim Douglas today announced that 23 communities will receive grants to develop, strengthen and maintain substance abuse prevention services throughout the state.

The Governor said each community will receive up to $68,000 for this fiscal year, with the option of continuation funding based on project milestones.  The grants will impact underage drinking and high-risk alcohol and marijuana use by Vermonters age 25 and younger.

“These grants will strengthen our DETER (Drug Education, Treatment, Enforcement and Rehabilitation) program by building on the substantial progress we have made in the last few years, and support our communities as the implement clear substance abuse prevention strategies,” Governor Douglas said.  “This community-based prevention strategy allows each community to address their unique needs, while being supported by our coordinated statewide DETER plan. These collaborative efforts promote constructive lifestyles and models that discourage substance use.”

“We’re strongly committed to the Governor’s DETER initiative, because only with consistent and sustained prevention efforts at the community level can we reduce alcohol, tobacco, and drug use among young people," said Health Commissioner Sharon Moffatt, RN, MSN. “The Strategic Prevention Framework grant will strengthen this existing initiative.”

After a comprehensive review of Vermont data on the consumption and consequences of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, the following priorities for the grants were determined:

Prevalence rates among 18-to-25 year-olds for alcohol consumption, binge drinking, and marijuana use in Vermont has declined in the past 10 years, but continues to be well above national averages.

“This grant allows for a renewed focus on educating youth, young adults, their parents and the community about alcohol and drug issues before substance abuse becomes a life-long problem,” said Deputy Health Commissioner of Alcohol & Drug Abuse Programs Barbara Cimaglio. “Our hope is that this opportunity will mobilize a new generation of prevention leaders.”

The funds come from the Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) grant that was awarded to the Vermont Department of Healthy by the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). 

Strategic Prevention Framework Grantees

For more information about the Strategic Prevention Framework grant, and about Vermont’s Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Program, visit the Department of Health website at healthvermont.gov.

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