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Youth and Family Services Department Wins $1.5 Million Federal Grant

Nov 5, 2019 - At its November 4 meeting, the City Council was pleased to unanimously accept a five-year, $1.5million federal grant, awarded to the City’s Youth and Family Services (YFS) Department for drug and alcohol prevention work and mental health programs. The award requires no matching dollars from the City.
 
The grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) awards the City $300,000 annually over a five-year period, and will be used primarily to restore the work that was previously funded by a federal Drug Free Communities (DFC) Grant, which ended in 2017.
 
The award, known as a Strategic Protection Framework (SPF) Grant, will fund the City’s Healthy Youth Initiative and allow the re-hiring of prevention staff to address:
  • Community prevention programming and health & awareness education (covering vaping, marijuana, opiates, prescription drugs, nicotine, alcohol)
  • Positive community norms and health messaging
  • Data-gathering and reporting
Approximately $24,000 per year will also supplant funding of the City's school-based mental health counselors as a part of their work is related to the stated grant objectives
 
Earlier this year, in July 2019, MIYFS was honored to receive another federal award known as a STOP Act Grant. This companion grant of $200,000 over a four-year period is focused specifically on preventing and reducing underage drinking. 

The activities and budgets for both grants will be coordinated to ensure efficient delivery of services and to maximize the community impact. The awards will also be leveraged to foster and enhance partnerships with academic institutions such as the University of Washington, and other organizations like the Washington State Department of Health and the Healthcare Authority.

 
 
For more information, contact Cindy Goodwin, Director of the City’s Youth and Family Services Department cindy.goodwin@mercergov.org
 



 

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