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Grand Forks Organizations Receive Substance Abuse Prevention Funding

News Release        

For Immediate Release

October 11, 2021

Grand Forks Organizations Receive Substance Abuse Prevention Funding

GRAND FORKS, N.D. – The Grand Forks Public Health Department, in partnership with the Grand Forks Public Schools, has been awarded up to $62,500 to combat underage drinking.

The North Dakota Department of Human Services’ Behavioral Health Division had been awarded $750,000 through the 2021 Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act. This funding appropriated additional dollars to states through the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant program.

The goals of the program are to increase capacity for sustaining prevention in the public health and behavioral health systems throughout the state, as well as make positive changes in data-driven priority areas.

The contract will be implemented from October 1, 2021-September 20, 2022, and divided into three phases:

  • Phase 1: Assessment and planning, October 1 - October 31, 2021
  • Phase 2: Implementation, November 1, 2021 - July 31, 2022
  • Phase 3: Evaluation, August 1 - September 30, 2022

“This funding will benefit students in Grand Forks Public Schools. Being able to provide primary prevention strategies that specifically target underage drinking will allow us to continue to promote the healthy communities we want all of our children to thrive in and grow,” said Sarah Shimek, character education and prevention coordinator at Grand Forks Public Schools. “This funding has been awarded to the Grand Forks community in the past and will continue to have a positive impact on the youth in our school system.”