Local schools among beneficiaries of drug fund

Authored by Jim Langham on Jan 2, 2013

South Adams Elementary and High School and the Adams Central Community Schools Student Assistance Program are among the 2013 Drug Free Communities Fund beneficiaries for the upcoming year.
Melissa Brite, representing the county’s Substance Abuse Awareness Council, recently released those county agencies and schools that will benefit this year from the local Drug Free Communities Fund.
“This fund is made up of fines imposed by the court for alcohol and drug offenses,” said Brite. “In 2006 and 2011, we were awarded a Drug Free Communities Support Program Grant. The Boys and Girls Club of Adams County, Inc., serves as the fiscal agent.
“The Substance Abuse Awareness Council provides yearly grant opportunities from the Local Drug Free Communities Fund to agencies in Adams County to help address alcohol, tobacco and other drug issues in our community,” continued Brite.
Locally, the funds have been awarded to the South Adams Elementary and High School to support field trips to McMillan Health Center to help fifth graders learn facts about substance abuse. In addition, the funding enables senior high students to attend a three-hour course to re-enforce what they have been taught and to share that information with younger students.
In addition, the South Adams Substance Abuse awareness team is being funded to carry out eight parties for middle school students and to show kids that parties can be fun without the use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.
“The Adams Central Community Schools Student Assistance program is being given money to help fund ‘Just Say No’ in the elementary, Project Journey in the middle school and Insight, which is offered as part of a school-wide policy in grades kindergarten through the senior class for those who violate school policy,” said Brite.
Other funds have gone to the Adams County Law Enforcement Fund to be used to assist the county law enforcement agencies with equipment or other tools to assist with investigations and ultimately to help increase conviction rates.
Funding also is being supplied to the Adams Wells Crisis Center to provide in-house counseling programs for residential and outreach clients through Adams Behavioral Health to address mental illness and depression experienced by victims of family violence and the role substance abuse plays in battering. Information is provided through substance abuse education, counseling and support group services.
“I can’t put into words how helpful this can be to our clients,” commented Angie Gunsett, executive director of the Crisis Center. “Many of those who come for help have suffered violence motivated by alcohol-related problems. It’s amazing how lives can be changed through alcohol and addictions counseling.”
Brite noted that funding also supports MAPPS (Midwest Addictions, Psychiatric and Psychological Services) to supplement treatment costs for substance abuse clients who meet the poverty guidelines so that they may gain the adaptive skills that are essential to maintaining recovery from substance abuse.

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