DOH Seeks to Partner with Community Organizations on Drug Abuse, Awareness

 The V.I. Department of Health (DOH) has received federal funding that allows it to aggressively move forward with the implementation of programs to better the serve the community in the areas of substance abuse relief and awareness. The DOH will be holding an interest meeting for community-oriented organizations to learn more about how they can obtain funding to be involved and assist the department in carrying out various Substance Abuse Prevention models/programs.

DOH is inviting members of the non-profit, faith-based, private and business community. Come and learn more about this opportunity and how to make a meaningful impact on the territory’s youth and veterans.

The Application Informational Conference will be held:
St. Croix: Thursday, July 14, from 9 a.m. to noon, Virgin Islands Cardiac Center (VICC)
St. Thomas: Friday, July 15, from 9 a.m. to noon, Bolongo Bay Beach Resort (Conference Room A)

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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) has awarded the V.I. Department of Health, Division of Mental Health, Alcoholism and Drug Dependency Services (DMHADDS) a five-year (2015–2020) Strategic Prevention Framework Partnership for Success (SPF PFS) cooperative agreement.

The purpose of this grant is to assess, identify, implement and strengthen best-fit (evidence-based) prevention interventions that will improve substance use outcomes and achieve targeted community change. This program joins and builds on other territorial initiatives and prevention focused community efforts envisioning and pursuing health, safety and success for all Virgin Islanders.

The purpose of this conference is to provide interested parties with information to enable them to prepare and submit an application for a community SPF PFS sub-grant. There are four key principles of the SPF PFS: 1) states and communities follow the Public Health Approach, 2) focus on outcome-based prevention, 3) follow a strategic planning process (SPF), and 4) use data throughout the process to inform decisions

For more information, contact Dynel Lang at 718-1311, ext. 3615.

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