August 31, 2006
Safe and Drug Free Schools Governor's Grant Awards
AUGUSTA, ME – The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Substance Abuse (OSA) recently awarded five grants totaling approximately $214,000 to school and community organizations under the U.S. Education Department’s Safe and Drug-Free Schools Governor’s Grant program. The grants are designed to fund prevention strategies and programs to reduce substance use and/or violence in youth who are not normally served by State or local educational agencies, or populations that need special services or additional resources. This includes youth in juvenile detention facilities, runaway or homeless youth, pregnant and parenting teenagers and school dropouts.
The funding for these awards comes under the No Child Left Behind Act, Safe and Drug- Free Schools Program, with a small amount from the Fund for Healthy Maine. The Safe and Drug-Free Schools funding has been targeted for elimination by President Bush during federal fiscal year 2007 if Congress does not intervene to restore the funding.
“The main focus of these grants is to reach out to those students who are at-risk or who are potentially at-risk to accelerate improvement in student performance,” said Kimberly Johnson, director of OSA. “With timely intervention, care and support, these programs can help to improve a child’s chances of success in the future.”
The agencies who received the awards include:
Penquis Community Action Program, Inc., Bangor
The Community School – Passages Program, Camden
AdCare Educational Institute of Maine, Inc., Augusta
Maine School Administrative District #68, Dover-Foxcroft
Child Health Center, Norway
For more information regarding OSA’s Prevention Programs, visit the OSA website at http://www.maineosa.org or call the Information and Resource Center toll free at (800) 499-0027.