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Jaime Herrera Beutler Secures Funding to Prevent Youth Substance Use in Southwest Washington

$500,000 granted to Southwest Washington communities to help prevent youth substance use

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Washington, September 1, 2020 | comments

Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler today applauded an announcement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that Southwest Washington communities will be receiving $500,000 in federal grants to help prevent youth substance use.

As a senior member of the U.S. House Appropriations Committee, Herrera Beutler helped secure the highest-ever level funding in 2020 for the Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program which is distributing these grants. These federal dollars will provide community coalitions to help fight against youth substance use, including prescription drugs, alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana.

“The impacts of substance use are felt far and wide in our communities. As mentors, parents, neighbors, and friends, it’s our responsibility to help lead young adults and school-aged residents on the path to healthy lives,” Herrera Beutler said. “From my position on the Appropriations Committee in Congress, I worked to strengthen this program to prevent youth substance use in our communities and I’m glad to see these resources being targeted right here.”

2020 Southwest Washington DFC grant recipients:

  • Evergreen School District #114 – $125,000
  • Washougal School District #112 – $125,000
  • Washington Gorge Action Programs – $125,000
  • Lifeline Connections Teen Advocacy Coalition – $125,000

Read more about the Drug-Free Communities Support Program here.

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