FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SEPTEMBER 26, 2005
OFFICE OF SUBSTANCE ABUSE
CONTACT: KIM JOHNSON
207-287-6344

PRESS RELEASE

OSA AWARDS $1.1 MILLION IN PREVENTION GRANTS

AUGUSTA, ME – The Maine Health and Human Services’ Office of Substance Abuse (OSA) recently announced that it has awarded $1.1 million for a number of prevention grants for the delivery of essential substance abuse prevention services throughout Maine.

“Through One ME and other initiatives, we have learned a great deal about what is effective in preventing use and abuse of alcohol and other drugs,” said Kim Johnson, OSA Director, “This funding allows us to go to the next step in strengthening substance abuse prevention through the use of evidence-based programs, policies, and strategies that change the alcohol and drug saturated environment that surrounds our youth.”

Funding for these essential prevention services is through a federal grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration’s Center for Substance Abuse Prevention and the Fund for a Healthy Maine. OSA’s expectation of grantees is that they will utilize programs that have proven to be effective for youth and other populations identified through local research to be in need.

Following is a list of lead agencies and their programs:

Statewide

AdCare Educational Institute

- Youth Empowerment and Policy Project

Medical Care Development

- Maine’s Environmental Substance Abuse Prevention Center

KIDS Consortium

– Youthlead

Southern Maine

University of Southern Maine

– Substance Abuse Prevention/Intervention

Raymond School Department

- Lake Region Mentoring Program

University of New England

- Coastal healthy Communities Coalition

City of Portland, Public Health Division

- One ME One Portland Coalition

Day One

- Empowering Youth/Guiding Good Choices

Central Maine

Community Concepts

- Project Success

Youth and Family Services

- Healthy Workplace

The Community School

- Passages Program

Waldo County Preschool and Family Services

- Building Communities for Children

Greater Waterville PATCH

- Greater Waterville Prevention Coalition

Penobscot Bay YMCA

- Knox County Coalition Against Tobacco

Northern Maine

Aroostook Mental Health Center

- Aroostook Teen Leadership Camp

River Coalition

- Family Matters

Bucksport Bay Healthy Community Coalition

- Community Assistance Program

Downeast Health Services

- Coastal Hancock Healthy Communities

MSAD #27

- Community Voices Coalition

Neighbors Against Drug Abuse

- Communities That Care

“Research has shown that effective prevention comes about through the use of multiple strategies in multiple settings including home, school, and community,” said Johnson. “With this diversity in programs spread statewide, we stand a much greater chance of having successful results in reducing substance abuse in Maine.”

For more information on substance abuse prevention efforts in Maine, call OSA’s Information and Resource Center toll free at (800) 499-0027 or visit our website at www.maineosa.org.

 

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