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UNITED STATES VIRGIN ISLANDS
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 6, 2016

DOH Provides Funding Opportunity; Informational Meeting Thursday, October 13, 2016

The USVI 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 one final interest meeting on St. Thomas, on Thursday, October 13th, to explain the eligibility and application process. This meeting was previously scheduled for July 28th on the island of St. Thomas; however due to unforeseen circumstances, was cancelled. As a result, we are hosting one last meeting for our St. Thomas/St. John district organizations to receive the application information.

“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. Thomas: Thursday, October 13, 2016
Bolongo Bay Beach Resort
Conference Room
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 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. 3622.

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