Governor Announces Community Substance Abuse Prevention Grants

JAMES H. DOUGLAS
OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR

For Immediate Release

Date: January 26, 2005
Contact: Jason Gibbs
(802) 828-3333

MONTPELIER—Governor Jim Douglas today announced substance abuse prevention grants totaling $19,600 to seven Vermont community organizations.

As part of the Governor’s Drug Education, Treatment, Enforcement, and Rehabilitation (D.E.T.E.R.) initiative, funds from the Health Department’s Community Prevention Grants Program help organizations and communities fill gaps in funding for prevention projects.  New prevention projects intended to address a specific community need are also eligible for seed funds.

“Substance abuse is one of the greatest public health concerns we face today,” said Governor Douglas. “Through our D.E.T.E.R. prevention activities, we are helping our communities be healthier and safer and educating Vermonters about the dangers of substance abuse.”

Funds from this grant cycle will fund a variety of community-based projects.

About DETER

The D.E.T.E.R program is Governor Douglas’ multi-faceted, multi-million dollar program to confront Vermont’s drug epidemic. 

Passed in June 2003, D.E.T.E.R set in place a compassionate program of treatment and rehabilitation.  Among other things, the program has increased resources to educate children about the dangers of drugs, funded expanded treatment options and recovery centers throughout the state and enhanced penalties for traffickers and dealers who seek to poison Vermonters for profit.

Governor Douglas again proposed an increase in funding for DETER in his fiscal year 2006 budget, including requests for 10 new high school substance abuse prevention counselors and four more recovery centers.

“For too long Vermont chased the problems of substance abuse.  The D.E.T.E.R program has helped us make prevention our strategy of choice,” the Governor said.

More information about D.E.T.E.R. and the Health Department’s substance abuse prevention efforts is available at www.HealthyVermonters.info.