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December 10, 2013

Marla Augustine, Communications and Legislative Services, (402) 471-4047 or

DHHS Behavioral Health Division Gets Substance Abuse Prevention Grant

Goal is to reduce underage drinking among young Nebraskans
Lincoln - The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services’ Division of Behavioral Health has been awarded a five-year grant totaling $7,537,820 to address underage drinking among Nebraskans age 12 to 20.
Nebraskans in their late teens and early 20s are the most likely to binge drink, to drive after drinking, to die or be injured in an alcohol-involved crash, to be arrested for DUI or other alcohol offenses, and to receive treatment for substance abuse, according to the Substance Abuse and Associated Consequences in Nebraska “Epidemiological Profile,” December 2012.
The grant from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration will target eleven Nebraska counties—Adams, Boyd, Dawes, Dawson, Douglas, Hall, Lancaster, Madison, Platte, Scotts Bluff and Thurston—for programs that reduce the risk for underage drinking.
The counties were chosen because they were identified through survey, hotline, treatment admissions and other community assessment data as having increased risk for developing a substance abuse problem.
“An approach that builds on family strengths and individual resiliency will help make changes to promote better outcomes among youth,” said Scot L. Adams, director of the Division of Behavioral Health.