Poughkeepsie... Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus has announced Dutchess County has earned $82,000 in state funding for a prevention and education program to address substance abuse and related health issues of concern to youth and their families. Dutchess County contracts with the Mid-Hudson Library System to provide the program.
According to Mr. Steinhaus, “This vital program confirms our commitment in meeting the challenges which face so many of our youth and their families everyday. Through the Mid-Hudson Library System’s Health Information Centers, community residents may use prevention education materials which are offered in print, video and electronic formats.” Topics include alcohol use, decision-making, self esteem, peer pressure, depression, disease prevention and substance abuse.
The prevention and education project grant became possible after conducting a thorough assessment of risk factors associated with alcohol and substance abuse, family dysfunction and related problems in the schools and communities being served.
Steinhaus continued, “The project provides educational materials for many community collaborations, including the Beacon City School District, the Choices for Change partnership in southern Dutchess, the Howland Public Library (Beacon) and other member libraries. These unique and innovative public/private collaborations demonstrate that we are all working together toward a common goal: to improve the conditions and well-being of Dutchess County’s children, youth and families.”
Additional components funded under the project include the SMART Team (Students Managing Anger and Resolution Together); a 10-week summer Teen Intern program, Peer Presentations as well as the year-long prevention information services provided through the library health information centers.
The grant, through the Dutchess County Department of Mental Hygiene, covers the year 2006.