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Idaho Drug Policy office gets five-year grant for prevention programs

Idaho's Office of Drug Policy has received a five-year, $1.5 million a year federal grant for to boost substance abuse prevention efforts statewide. Elisha Figueroa, head of the office, said, “We are very excited about this award, as it will provide much-needed resources to the state and local communities working to keep their neighborhoods free from the devastating effects of substance abuse. We know that the most effective and lasting prevention work is done at the local level, and this award will nearly double the prevention funds going out to Idaho communities.”

The grant funding starts Aug. 1, and will pay for a statewide needs assessment, and then will target 85 percent of the funds to community-level efforts. “It will really be based on the community's needs,” Figueroa said. “So they'll be required to look at their specific community and determine what the needs are in that community, and then they'll write the grant application for these funds. We'll fund evidence-based programming as well as those strategies that are … population-level based, meaning that they will affect the entire community.”

The grant also will cover training and technical assistance from the state to local efforts, Figureoa said, “to build the sustainability, so that when these grant funds are gone, the programs will continue to go on.” The grant program's purpose is “to prevent the onset and reduce the progression of substance abuse, including childhood and underage drinking; reduce substance abuse-related problems; and build prevention capacity and infrastructure at the state and community levels.” Click below for the full announcement.

Otter names new drug policy chief

Gov. Butch Otter has named a new head for his Office of Drug Policy: Elisha Figueroa, who now is project director for the Mayor's Anti-Drug Coalition for the City of Meridian. Click below for Otter's full announcement.

Idaho drug czar resigns post

Here's a news item from the Associated Press:  BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Debbie Field is resigning her post as director of the state's Office of Drug Policy. Field, a former lawmaker and campaign manager for Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter, told staffers this week she was stepping down. Her last day in the office will be Friday. Otter appointed Field as Idaho's Drug Czar in January 2007. In 2009 she was awarded the President's Award from the National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors for her work on substance abuse treatment. She also promoted the Idaho Meth Project. Field says she's looking forward to spending more time with her family and that she'll stay involved with some projects via contract. Click below for a full report.

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