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For Immediate Release:
May 2, 2014



Richmond, VA– Virginia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) has awarded nearly $134,000 to help prevent substance abuse in Virginia’s communities. The funding came from the U.S. Substance Abuse Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA) and is being used to implement SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework(SPF) -- a data and outcome-based planning model. The ten Community Services Boards (CSB) that received this funding are: Cumberland Mountain, Danville-Pittsylvania, Hampton-Newport News, Loudoun County, New River Valley, Northwestern, Prince William, Rappahannock, Richmond, and Virginia Beach.

“Substance abuse prevention entails addressing the factors that put individuals and communities at risk for substance abuse through an outcome based planning process, such as the SPF. These grants will help supplement our local CSBs and their community coalitions in targeted efforts to effectively identify and strategically address the potential for substance abuse in Virginia’s communities,” said Debra Ferguson, DBHDS Commissioner.

The grant requires needs assessment data through multiple sources to determine the substance use and related problems in the targeted areas. Resulting data will then be used to create strategic plans to guide the CSBs’ work in the coming years. The plan also identifies research based effective strategies. This comprehensive approach promotes community wellness by reducing the risks associated with the initiation of substance abuse.

Funds will also improve substance abuse prevention efforts through partnerships and trainings in the faith-based community, youth, young adults, law enforcement and other community sectors.

Funding has also been provided for the attendance of coalition members to Prevention Conferences as well as youth being trained in “Lead & Seed” an evidenced based youth initiative in another effort to increase coalition capacity. Other efforts -- including Parents Who Host, Lose the Most will also be implemented through the enhancement grant money.


Pezzoli serves as Virginia's Acting Commissioner for DBHDS.
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Available to citizens statewide, Virginia’s public mental health, intellectual disability and substance abuse services system is comprised of 40 community services boards (CSBs) and 16 state facilities. DBHDS seeks to promote dignity, choice, recovery, and the highest possible level of participation in work, relationships, and all aspects of community life for individuals with a mental illness, intellectual disability or a substance-use disorder.

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