Grant will fund efforts against youth substance use
The community of Quincy has received a state grant for the next two years to reduce youth alcohol, marijuana and other drug use, and to work with community members to support youth in making healthy choices, according to information from Quincy Partnership for Youth.
Grant Integrated Services, under Grant County government, received the grant award, amounting to $90,000 in the first year and $110,000 in the second year. The grant, awarded by the Washington Health Care Authority’s Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery, includes funding for training, technical assistance, and community and school-based prevention services.
Quincy is one of 82 communities statewide participating in DBHR’s Community Prevention and Wellness Initiative. The Initiative supports new or existing coalitions in partnering with parents, youth, educators, health professionals, law enforcement, faith leaders and local government. Coalitions identify their highest prevention needs, plan and implement evidence-based strategies, leverage local resources and evaluate the impact of selected programs.
“Extending these resources to local communities means greater reductions in risky behavior including substance abuse and the harm it causes to people and their families,” said Michael Langer, acting assistant director of the Washington State Health Care Authority’s Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery, in a press release. “Community leaders can use this grant to help young people make healthy choices and succeed.”
CPWI’s primary goals are to reduce underage use of alcohol and marijuana, improve academic performance, and reduce juvenile crime. An evaluation by Washington State University shows that 95 percent of CPWI programs implemented between July 2015 and June 2016 resulted in delaying the first use of alcohol or other drugs, reducing use and reducing risk factors. In addition, the Washington State Healthy Youth Survey shows that underage drinking among 10th-graders in Grant County has decreased from 31 percent in 2008 to 23 percent in 2016.
“A number of factors were considered in selecting Quincy for services,” said Dayana Ruiz, the coalition director for the Quincy Partnership for Youth, in a press release. “These factors included concerning rates of youth substance use and its consequences, as well as successes in having an established coalition, strong partnerships, a caring community, and vital youth engagement.”
Additional information about CPWI can be found at TheAthenaForum.org. State and county Healthy Youth Survey data is available at www.AskHYS.net. Prevention tips for parents can be found at www.StartTalkingNow.org.
For information about joining the Quincy Partnership for Youth coalition, check out www.quincypartnership.org or visit its Facebook page.
By Post-Register Staff