NEWS RELEASE

OSA Announces Phase I SPF-SIG Awards

Funded Projects Will Address Substance Abuse Prevention

AUGUSTA, ME – The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Substance Abuse (OSA) recently announced the recipients of eleven $50,000 grant awards for county level strategic planning and environmental programming for substance abuse prevention under the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA), Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant (SPF-SIG).

“With these funds, we have an opportunity to begin developing a comprehensive community-based substance abuse prevention infrastructure throughout Maine,” said Kimberly Johnson, OSA Director, “We will be able to plan, create, and support a strategic prevention plan that will improve access to substance abuse prevention services in each county.”

In Phase I of a three-phased approach, these awards will provide resources for establishing or strengthening a coordinated county-level prevention system and will complete a county-wide needs/resources assessment and strategic prevention plan.

The eleven sites listed below were funded for Phase I.

  1. Community Concepts, Oxford County* – Healthy Oxford Hills, River Valley Healthy Communities Coalition
  2. Day One, York County – Partnering with the York County Prevention Collaborative members
  3. Hancock County Planning Commission, Hancock County* – Partnering with Healthy Hancock members and Hancock County Sheriff’s Department
  4. Healthy Androscoggin, Androscoggin County* – Partnering with Lewiston, Auburn and Lisbon Police Departments
  5. Healthy Community Coalition, Franklin County and Livermore, Livermore Falls – Partnering with Jay School Department, MSAD 36, Evergreen Behavioral Services and Farmington Police Department
  6. Maine General Medical Center, Kennebec County – Partnering with Greater Waterville PATCH, Healthy Communities of the Capital Area, and Capital Kids/Augusta C4CY
  7. Mid Coast Hospital, Sagadahoc County and Brunswick – Partnering with United Way of Mid Coast Maine, Sagadahoc County Sheriff, Bath/Brunswick PD, Bath/Brunswick and Topsham Schools, and Access Health Coalition.
  8. Penobscot Bay YMCA, Knox County – Partnering with Knox County Community Health Coalition members
  9. People’s Regional Opportunity Program, Cumberland County* – Partnering with Medical Care Development and the City of Portland Public Health Division
  10. Regional Medical Center at Lubec, Inc., Washington County – Partnering with Health Ways, Neighbors Against Drug Abuse, and Washington County Drug Action
  11. Somerset County Association of Resource Providers, Somerset County* – Partnering with Youth and Family Services Inc., and Somerset County Sheriffs Department

The five grantees marked with an asterisk will also receive additional funding to implement Phase II, which provides resources to concurrently implement a set of strategies to change conditions in the social environment that encourage or enable underage drinking, which is one of the top priorities identified in the SPF-SIG state strategic plan.

Two Prevention Centers of Excellence (at the University of Maine and the University of Southern Maine) will work with interested partners in the five counties from which no applications were received in order to assist with the development of strategic plans and needs assessments in those counties as well.

For more information regarding OSA’s Prevention Programs visit the OSA website at www.maineosa.org or call the Information and Resource Center toll free at (800) 499-0027.

For Immediate Release
August 17, 2006
DHHS/Office of Substance Abuse
Contact:Kim Johnson
Tel.207-287-6344
11 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333
Sent by: Lucky Hollander
Director of Legislative Relations/Interim Media Contact
DHHS
(207) 287-1927