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VI Discretionary Funding Fiscal Year 2017

Center: CSAP

Grantee: VIRGIN ISLANDS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Program: SPF-PFS
City: CHARLOTTE AMALIE
State: VI
Grant Award Number: 5 U79 SP020767-03
Congressional District: 98
FY 2017 Funding: $735,018
Project Period: 2015/09/30 - 2020/09/29

The USVI's project directly supports national priorities of: 1) underage drinking among persons aged 12 to 20; and 2) prescription drug misuse and abuse among persons aged 12 to 25. The USVI's three overarching project goals are to: 1) promote emotional health and wellness, prevent or delay the onset of, and complications from, substance abuse and mental illness; 2) prevent and reduce underage drinking and young adult problem drinking; and 3) prevent and reduce prescription drug and illicit opioid misuse and abuse. The targeted populations of the project include all genders and racial and ethnic backgrounds susceptible to: underage drinking aged 12 to 20; prescription drug misuse and abuse aged 12 to 25; and those youth and young adults that may be at-risk of suicide.


Center: SP

Grantee: VILLAGE VIRGIN ISLANDS PARTNERS IN RECOVERY, INC.
Program: PREVENTION NAVIGATOR
City: Christiansted
State: VI
Grant Award Number: 1 H79 SP080245-01
Congressional District: 98
FY 2017 Funding: $200,000
Project Period: 2017/09/30 - 2022/09/29

ABSTRACT– The Village Virgin Island Partners in Recovery: Progressive Lifestyles The Progressive Lifestyles program is a constellation of prevention services provided to Afro-Caribbean and Hispanic adolescents and young adults on the island of St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands. By blending culturally sensitive substance abuse, HIV and Hepatitis prevention with testing and intensive HIV care navigation, Progressive Lifestyles will reduce risk behaviors among our youth and provide a vehicle to ensure that our HIV infected youth get care and stay in care. The adolescents and young adults of St. Croix face serious risk factors associated with both substance abuse and risky sexual behavior. High rates of substance abuse, poverty, stigma, community violence and other risk factors fuel St. Croix’s alarmingly high HIV/AIDS burden. Progressive Lifestyles will build on the native resiliency of our youth and young adults in making healthy lifestyle choices. Health decisions are critical in our community which presents one of the highest rates of HIV in the country, including among the highest rates nationally among our target population’s age bracket, where condom use is extremely low, where stigma is extreme, where substance use is widely accepted and where gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered youth are the target of discrimination. The goals of this project, each with measurable objectives, are: (1) Expand capacity to provide substance abuse, HIV and VH prevention services to youth and young adults in St. Croix USVI by providing an array of service; (2) Reduce Substance-abuse related problems including the transmission of HIV and Hepatitis; (3) Reduce Substance-abuse related problems including the transmission of HIV and Hepatitis, (4) Increase protective factors associated with the prevention of substance abuse, HIV infection and VH; (5) Enhance capacity to implement environmental-level interventions to reduce substance abuse and HIV/AIDS and Viral Hepatitis transmission. Progressive Lifestyles will achieve these goals by providing its participants with ●the evidence based Prime for Life intervention to assist in reduction of substance misuse and increase in positive decision making ● HIV risk reduction interventions including RESPECT, an individualize HIV prevention intervention and PROMISE, a peer-based community intervention ● Non-traditional site testing for HIV and hepatitis, supported by the Counseling, Testing and Linkage intervention and intensive care coordination of treatment services to ensure that those participants who test positive get in care, stay in care and ultimately achieve viral suppression ● and providing opportunities for boys/men who have sex with boys/men to address their risk behaviors in an environment free of stigma or fear. Progressive Lifestyles will serve as a hub of advocacy and support in the promotion of happiness and health in the lives of our youth.


Center: TI

Grantee: VIRGIN ISLANDS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Program: Opioid STR
City: CHRISTIANSTED
State: VI
Grant Award Number: 1 H79 TI080276-01
Congressional District: 98
FY 2017 Funding: $250,000
Project Period: 2017/05/01 - 2019/04/30

US Virgin Island Opioid STR