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UNITED STATES VIRGIN ISLANDS
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 24, 2016

DOH Provides Funding Opportunity 

2nd Round of Informational Meetings July 26th & 28th

The Department of Health (DOH) has money to distribute to various organizations, in order to create Substance Abuse relief and awareness/prevention programs, in the areas of underage drinking, prescription drug use, and suicide among veterans and their family members. This is an opportunity for organizations to receive more money/funding. The DOH will be holding a second round of interest meetings, to explain the eligibility and application process. 

“We invite and want the local community organizations and private business sector to take advantage of the money we are federally mandated to distribute,” said Michelle S. Davis, PhD, Commissioner of the Department of Health.” Commissioner Davis added, “Community and faith based organizations in addition to schools/students, the University, and the private sector/business community are invited to find out how they can receive the monies that the Department of Health has been awarded.”

The Application Informational Meeting will be held:

St. Croix: Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Department of Health, Charles Harwood Complex
1st Floor, Room #1016
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

St. Thomas: Thursday, July 28, 2016
Roy L. Schneider Hospital
2nd Floor Conference Room
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) has awarded the Virgin Islands Department of Health, Division of Mental Health, Alcoholism and Drug Dependency Services (DMHADDS), a five-year (2015 – 2020) Strategic Prevention Framework Partnerships 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 of the Virgin Islands children and adults.

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, please contact Ms. Dynel Lang at (340) 718-1311 Ext. 3615.

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