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July 2, 2008

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


Substance Abuse Grants Awarded

Lincoln—Eight entities will receive a total of $294,323 from the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health, for substance abuse prevention activities, primarily among school-age youth. The source of the funding is the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Drug-free Schools.

The goals of the funded activities are to decrease the number of youth who engage in substance abuse and/or violence; delay the age when youth begin to use alcohol, tobacco and other drugs; improve academic achievement; promote positive adult/youth relationships; and provide community supports for youth both before and after school.

Recipient                 Location Amount Service Area Description
Sherman Co. Prevention Policy Board                 Loup City $39,814 Sherman Co. After-school program
Omaha Nation Community Response Team                Walthill $40,000 Thurston Co. Outpatient treatment for youth
Grand Island Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition                 Grand Island $39,509 Hall, Hamilton, Merrick Cos. Prevention strategies to strengthen families program, prevention education & ad campaign
People United for Families                 Nebraska City $15,000 Otoe Co. Expansion of All Stars Program
Nebraska Department of Education                   $40,000 Northeast Nebr. & Panhandle Response Ability Pathways training for teachers
Oasis Counseling International                 Norfolk $40,000 Madison Co. Family mentoring; expand Befriend Project
Buffalo County Youth Advisory Board                 Kearney $40,000 Buffalo Co. Alcohol awareness campaign and youth advisory committee
Kids Plus               Sidney $40,000 Cheyenne Co. Implement Cool Kids Club

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 Note: For more information about individual projects, contact the following:

For more information about individual projects, contact the following:

Sherman County Prevention Policy Board: Kris Hervert, (308) 745-1513, ext.105

Omaha Nation Community Response Team: John Penn, (402) 846-5280

Grand Island Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition: Randy See, (308) 385-5520

People United for Families: Jacki Schmitz, (402) 873-6343

Nebraska Department of Education: Carol Rempp, (402) 471-2960

Oasis Counseling International: Dr. Mark Stortvedt, (402) 379-2030

Buffalo County Youth Advisory Board: Denise Zwiener, (308) 865-2280

Kids Plus: Jan Lawler, (308) 254-7397