Governor Announces Substance Abuse Prevention Grants Experienced Prevention Coalitions to Mentor New Coalitions

State of Vermont

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, August 17, 2004

Contact: Jason Gibbs
(802) 828-3333

Montpelier, Vt. – Governor Jim Douglas today announced grants totaling $145,474 to community substance abuse prevention coalitions known as New Directions Coalitions.   

The grants support and encourage the development and expansion of new or existing community alcohol and drug prevention coalitions.   The effort is part Douglas’ Drug Education, Treatment, Enforcement and Rehabilitation—or D.E.T.E.R—program, launched by the Governor in 2003.

“The DETER program puts a premium on prevention and is helping young Vermonters find alternatives to using drugs and alcohol,” said Governor Douglas. “These coalitions are dedicated to the prevention and reduction of substance abuse in their communities and it is important for us to do what we can to support them.”

Governor Douglas added that the grants will help save the lives of children in Vermont. “Funds will allow new coalitions the opportunity to learn from established organizations and more quickly develop their ability to prevent Vermont youth from turning to drugs and alcohol,” he said. 

“Successful coalitions have talented leadership, active and diverse membership, a clear mission and a strategic plan that includes effective alcohol and drug prevention strategies,” said Barbara Cimaglio, Deputy Commissioner of Health for Alcohol and Drug Abuse Programs. “Many of the new coalitions are starting from the ground up. We believe the capacity of the new coalition will be increased as a result of working with a seasoned mentor coalition.”

Experienced New Directions Coalitions were invited to apply for funding on behalf of themselves and another coalition that had never received a New Directions grant. Four coalition teams were funded based on the review of their application and a development plan for the new organization.

New Direction Grantees use prevention programs and services that are based on models that have been shown to be effective. Grants fund community prevention projects including mentoring and family education programs, drug-free social and recreational activities, and local information campaigns to discourage alcohol and drug use. Schools in New Directions communities use grant funds to implement school curricula that has been proven successful in helping youth make healthier choices.

Funded coalitions: