IDAHO COMMUNITIES RECEIVE GRANTS TO ADDRESS SUBSTANCE ABUSE PREVENTION

Boise – July 16, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — The Idaho Office of Drug Policy has awarded a new Cohort of Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) Grants to 6 communities throughout the state. The funds are provided through a federal grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to fund community-level substance abuse prevention strategies and to improve local prevention infrastructure. Through the Strategic Prevention Framework State Grant, each community will receive up to $94,000 per year for three years beginning August 1, 2015.

“We are very excited about these awards as they will provide much-needed resources to the local communities working to keep their neighborhoods free from the devastating effects of substance abuse,” said Elisha Figueroa, administrator of the Office of Drug Policy. “We know that the most effective and lasting prevention work is done at the local level.”

Recipients of these grants include:

Latah County Youth Advocacy Council, Latah County (Moscow/Potlatch/Troy/Deary/ Genesee/Kendrick)
The Coalition for Drug Free Youth, Fruitland/Payette/Weiser
Community Coalitions of Idaho, Statewide
Idaho College Health Coalition, Statewide
Clearwater Youth Alliance, Clearwater County(Orofino/Weippe/Pierce)
Custer County Coalition—Challis

In addition to these grant awards, scholarships to the Idaho National Coalition Academy to be held in Boise will be offered to six communities. The National Coalition Academy is a comprehensive training program developed by CADCA’s National Coalition Institute. Coalitions participating in the Academy learn about creating and maintaining partnerships, sustainability, cultural competence, assessment, prevention planning and implementation and evaluation. These scholarships have a $10,000 value. The recipients of these scholarships are:

Middleton Coalition, Middleton
Idaho Prevention Project, Region 5
Blackfoot Community Center, Blackfoot
Canyon Springs High School Coalition, Caldwell

Idaho now has a variety of prevention programs being supported by federal, state and private sources. However, these additional funds from the State Office of Drug Policy will bring local stakeholders together to build a more comprehensive, sustainable system for substance abuse prevention in their respective communities. The overall purpose of the SPF program is to prevent the onset and reduce the progression of substance abuse, including childhood and underage drinking; reduce substance abuse-related problems; and build prevention capacity and infrastructure at the community level.

CONTACT: Jon Hanian
(208) 334-2100

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