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CITY RECEIVES $2.3 MILLION TO PREVENT UNDERAGE DRINKING

 

(Tues., Feb. 23, 2010) – Mayor Mufi Hannemann announced today that the City and County of Honolulu has been awarded $2.3 million by the State’s Department of Health Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division (ADAD) to implement a countywide initiative to reduce and prevent underage drinking.

 

            “Underage drinking is a key factor underlying many problem behaviors among our youth,” Hannemann said. “By targeting this issue and other related factors, the City is making a commitment to the future of our youth and to the improvement of our island community as a whole.”

 

            The award is the second phase of a statewide project funded by the Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant (SPF-SIG), a grant from the Federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). This grant provides $10.4 million to the state to be distributed to all 4 counties over 5 years.

 

            The first phase funding, awarded to the City in July of 2009 is being used to assess the community’s needs, build the skills and capacity of service providers in the community, facilitate collaboration among the community, and design and write a strategic plan for the county.

 

            The Department of Community Services will be using this second phase of funding for a number of prevention activities, including:

 

·       Requesting proposals to implement evidence-based programs from community organizations who provide direct services to youth;

·       Mobilizing the community to take action against policies and attitudes that facilitate youth access to alcohol;

·       Providing direct services to youth, through the City’s Youth Services Center;

·       Educating retailers and parents about the consequences of providing minors with alcohol;

·       Working in partnership with HPD and the Honolulu Liquor Commission to increase enforcement of underage drinking laws.

 

For more information contact Alison Lum, Department of Community Services at 768-7760.

 

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