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Date: September 22, 2003
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States Awarded Federal Grants to Fund Youth Anti-Drug Programs

  Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tommy G. Thompson today announced that the governors’ offices in 14 states and territories will receive State Incentive Grants to reduce illegal drug, alcohol and tobacco use among children, youth, and young adults.  There are two types of grants -- one-year grants for planning programs and three-year grants for enhancing operating programs.  The grants support statewide planning and strategies to reach children, youth, young adults, parents and families with effective substance abuse prevention programs.

“This money will support innovative programs to help our children reject drugs and envision a future in the mainstream,” Secretary Thompson said.  “We are building on the kind of proven strategies that have worked elsewhere in reaching young people, their families and communities, to raise awareness of healthy choices.

The State Incentives Grant program is administered by HHS’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).  SAMHSA Administrator Charles G. Curie explained: “SAMHSA is committed to helping states reduce illegal drug use, alcohol and tobacco use among youth.  We firmly believe that by working in partnership with the states we can make real progress toward increasing the number of young people who make healthy decisions to avoid illegal drugs, alcohol and tobacco.”

SAMHSA awarded one-year planning grants to the governor’s office in West Virginia, Missouri, Georgia, American Samoa, Arkansas, the Republic of Palau, Guam and South Dakota.  Three-year enhancement grants were awarded to New Mexico, Connecticut, Montana, New York, Oregon and Utah.

  Planning Grants Awarded:

Arkansas - $499,237:  The award will allow the state to continue strengthening and improving Arkansas’ substance abuse prevention system.  The state will build a science-based, comprehensive, statewide prevention system; and develop an early intervention strategy, which will articulate a unified vision for promoting interagency cooperation, and science-based prevention programming.  Arkansas will identify proven prevention models that work with specific target groups, and provide education about the usefulness of the models and the steps required for successful programs.

Georgia -  $500,000:  The grant will allow the state to establish a State Incentive Grant Advisory Committee, develop a comprehensive statewide substance abuse prevention and early intervention strategy, and determine and document the state’s capacity to deliver science-based prevention programming.

Missouri -  $486,191:  The state will identify the prevention needs of youth ages12-25, and enhance its capacity to implement and assess evidence-based prevention services and programming.

South Dakota - $499,549:  The Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Department of Human Services, will administer the grant.  South Dakota will improve the capacity and infrastructure of the alcohol, tobacco and other drug abuse prevention system and plan for long-term development.

West Virginia - $500,000:  The State Incentive Planning Grant will be used as a catalyst to further develop a comprehensive, interactive prevention system for the state.  The goal is to better coordinate alcohol, tobacco and other drug prevention funding sources.  It will improve the overall quality of prevention programs, improve the quality of the state’s prevention workforce, and make more prevention services available statewide.

America Samoa - $238,224: The grant will support the territory in developing the capacity and infrastructure needed to more effectively compete for a full three-year State Incentive Grant. Samoa will use the current grant to develop a comprehensive substance abuse prevention and early intervention strategy for the territory.  Samoa will target children ages 12 to 15 who have not yet begun to use alcohol or drugs.                          

Guam - $348,548: The grant will enable Guam to develop a three-year Comprehensive Statewide Substance abuse Prevention and Early Intervention Plan that sets the path for creating a healthier Guam. 

Republic of Palau - $455,544:  The Palau Incentive Planning and Development Project will allow the community to implement science-based prevention programs, assess community needs and identify gaps in services.  Palau’s goals include improved data collection, leveraged funding for prevention, and development of a national strategy for prevention.

  Enhancement Grants Awarded:

Connecticut - awarded $750,000 per year for three years to develop a comprehensive prevention system that is responsive to the needs of Connecticut young adults, ages 18-25 in college campus settings.  The grant will provide for both planning and implementation.            

Montana - awarded $750,000 per year for three years to optimize the use of existing prevention resources to build data infrastructure and capacity through a web-based community needs assessment system.  The grant will strengthen the prevention system by addressing a new target population of children ages 0-6.

New Mexico - awarded $750,000 per year for each of three years awarded to implement evidence-based substance abuse preventions programs directed at reducing risks and promoting resiliency and school preparedness. Participants are children ages 0 to 6, in programs targeting families in communities that successfully compete for six $100,000 awards.

New York - awarded $750,000 per year for three years to computerize the state’s prevention data management system to better meet the needs of federal, state and regional agencies, and local alcohol and substance abuse providers.  In addition, the grant will enhance prevention services targeting the 18-25 year old population by selecting up to seven campus-community coalitions to receive training in a pilot program based on SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Prevention model program, Challenging College Alcohol Abuse.

Oregon - awarded $750,000 per year for three years to enhance state prevention data infrastructure capacity; and to address the needs of children ages 0-6 for prevention and early intervention programs and services.

Utah - awarded $750, 000 per year for three years to expand the implementation of the Risk and Protective Factor Model of substance abuse prevention; and the emphasis on implementing data-driven, science-based programs for college and university students, ages 18-25, who are enrolled at Utah’s nine public higher education institutions.


SAMHSA is a public health agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  The agency is responsible for accountability, capacity and effectiveness of the nation’s substance abuse prevention, addictions treatment and mental health service delivery systems.




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